The Masters’ home thought it was showing strength by resisting calls for inclusion. But change is inevitable. As they’ve now realized, it’s usually for the good.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Like so many others who have defiantly stood in the way of progress, the green jackets at Augusta National have come to see just how foolish they were.
On Wednesday, Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said he wished the club would have added women members earlier, and that he will “make sure” more will be admitted while he’s in charge. That’s quite an about face from 20 years ago, when then-chairman Hootie Johnson declared that Augusta National would not be forced into admitting women “at the point of a bayonet.”
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