Skip to comments.Why I'm Teed Off: The chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club defends an all-male club
Posted on 11/12/2002 4:57:18 AM PST by SJacksonEdited on 04/22/2004 11:47:28 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
In recent months a group called the National Council of Women's Organizations, led by their spokeswoman Martha Burk, has been threatening Augusta National Golf Club and anyone even remotely associated with us for allegedly discriminating against women.
As the chairman of that club, I'd like to share some of my thoughts with you about the debate that has now spent several months meandering through the national press. Ms. Burk has misrepresented the issue.
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Good, I hope they stick to their guns. It's a private club and they can dang well do as they want with their membership.
As one who has had the honor of visiting Augusta during The Masters, all I can say is... Way to go, Hootie. Augusta National is a class act. Too bad others don't stand up more often to the liberal thugs of our society.
I have attended six different Practice Rounds, including three Wednesday Rounds. Augusta National now uses a lottery system for Practice Round tickets. I hit in 1997 (Tiger's first) for 12 tickets -- 4 each day. (You wouldn't believe how many friends I suddenly had. Hehehe!)
No matter what each year, I plant myself in front of the TV here up North and watch The Masters from start to finish.
If I never get to go back, that's OK. I've been there.
Amen to that. It's sad that in the social democratic world in which we live, so many have forgotten that one of the chief purposes of government is to secure individuals property rights and that implicit in property rights is the right to exclude.
I think Martha Burk needs to go find a hobby (or a better cause). There are hills to die on... this is not one of them Martha.
You sound like a schoolteacher!!
If so, there are plenty of other clubs which are similarly structured. Is NOW protesting against them as well?
Is it the fact that the Masters is a high profile event and is being held there that irks NOW?
If so, that would be peculiar, given the fact that the Masters exists because (for better or worse) that Club founded the tournament. And it is doubly peculiar given the fact that the Masters is a men's golfing event!
Oh the horror! A men's golf championship being held at a men's golf club!
Is it really so important for the women's tees to be shown on national golf broadcasts?
In a word? No. Not according to them, anyway.
Everyone remembers how Shannon Faulkner forced herself into an all-male military school (only to drop out shortly thereafter, citing, "I don't want to kill myself to make a political point."), but how many people recall when Mills College made the decision to go co-ed? The throng of girls instantly turning into bawling messes, as if they had all received word their mother had just died. (The college changed their minds after about a week due to protests and more of the aforementioned action.)
If anything, this shows hypocrisy on the part of these girls, but it also brings to the surface the anti-male attitude Christina Hoff-Summers has spoken so eloquently about.
Doesn't that sound as if the NOW girls put her up to it, and she failed? These hypocritical women are all for women being like men, going into combat, etc....just as long as it's other women doing it, surely not them.
Good...Promptly send your next batch of tickets to my address...Thankyou...
What does the letters NOW stand for anyway? National organization of wo...wo...wo..wo..er.. people?
This controversy is an opportunity for Conservatives. Let us make the most of it!
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Face it ladies, do you really want to watch the Bill Clinton golfer types whiz on trees because they have to urge to act like a cocker spaniel while on the links? There are too many golf courses to put up with all this crap.
I had the pleasure of golfing with some 2 "important " men in Las Vegas. The course was plush and very expensive. We were a duo and did not mind them joining us. We were not out very long before I noted that both these important male golfers were "hung over" and were suffering more than a little. They took extra shots, cheated like hell and had gas puffing out each time they leaned over to pick up a missed putt. We noticed they had the most expensive golf equipment and lost lots of high priced balls. Just consider how fortunate you are not to end up with this type every outing at Hooties Haven.
Perhaps the media has misrepresented NOW. But where is NOW support of the one surviving victim in the horrible Carr brothers case?
Where is NOW when designers push sexists clothes and harmful high heels on women? Where is NOW when week after week we get reports of rich athletes rape or otherwise abuse women and get off?
Seems to me NOW is involved in few of the feminists causes. Their main concern seems to be membership in a PRIVATE, ultra-expensive country club. NOW is ending up looking ridiculous and only alienating the average woman.
Amen to that. If Ms Burk wants to join a private club I suggest she start one of her own then she gets to set the rules. Of course, that won't garner a tenth of the publicity for dying feminist causes as trying to force herself on the venerable Augusta National. Maybe Hootie should 'splain it in language that even a feminazi can understand, tell her that it is "about choice".
No, dearie, "SOME" women are just little trouble makers sometimes....
Way to go Hootie!
Start with the 68 member-campuses of the Women's College Coalition. Such schools as Barnard, Mount Holyoke and Smith offer top drawer, liberal arts instruction. Men need not apply.
With 296 chapters in America, Canada, Mexico and England, the Junior League's active, dedicated associates perform community service projects. Its website explains that they also "share ideas and build networks for information exchange" when they gather. There are some 193,000 Junior League members - not one of them male. Women even have their own golf course, albeit abroad. Since its 1924 launch, the Ladies Golf Club of Toronto has had only female members. As Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly discovered, men may play there, but only when invited by members. Women sneered at Reilly, who was stunned by the separate but unequal amenities for male guests: a poorly appointed locker room and a gravel-covered parking lot behind the clubhouse. "This joint makes Augusta seem like the ACLU," Reilly wrote in SI's September 16 edition.
The vital principle here is freedom of association. As the First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law...abridging...the right of the people peaceably to assemble." These words reflect the right of Americans to associate privately with whomever we wish, and not with others, for whatever reason.
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