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Patch Poll: Should Women Be Able To Play Augusta?

The Historical Golf Club Brings Up The Same Debate Every Year

Every year, the Masters Tournament, one of the PGA’s four major events and perhaps the most historic, is played at Augusta National Golf Course. And every year, the same debate arises: should women be able to play the golf course?

The club has refused to allow women to play the course or become members of the club since inception, arguing it is a private men’s social group that will remain private. But there have been protestors over the years, and now the president’s office has joined the list.

"We're long past the time when women should be excluded from anything," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters on the first day of the Masters.

What do you think? Do you think women should be allowed to play and become members, or do you think a private club should be able to do what it wants?

Edward Jones April 12, 2012 at 04:50 AM
No you clearly don't understand anything Vernon, you are the envious type. No one should be allowed to have their own thing, well unless they meet what you and the liberal intelligentsia have decided is "just" by what ever arbitrary standard you are following currently, or by which group you currently hate. Right now liberals hate no one more than men, and Augusta is one of the last bastions of Men only. The point is they should be allowed to because this is the United States and freedom of association is a part of the Constitution. It is expressed under the Freedom of Assembly in the First Amendment. Funny thing is that is that actually Freedom of Association was validated in the 1960's when the NAACP sued the State of Alabama. The SCOTUS recognized the right of Freedom of Association was an essential part of the ability to protect free speech as groups can better protect their own rights.. To me liberals constantly trying to strip others of their rights doesn't remind me of any old jokes, it makes me sick to think that there are so many people out there with nothing better to do than mess with other people instead of minding their own business.
ksam1124 April 12, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Hawkeye - are your feelings hurt because they haven't ask you? I'm beginning to think that you are a scorned member-want-to-be. I am in no way running from Clifford Roberts. Bobby Jones (the infamous golfer) was the money and dream holder. He brought in Roberts for his attention to detail and knowledge. What Clifford Roberts believed back in the 1930's-1977 is lacking for importance in today's world. Anyone who commits suicide has more than a few problems. Because he had less than a 9th grade education it is easy to see why he could have been biased yet it is a testament to this country that he became as successful as he did and became the Chairman for the most prestigious sporting event. You asked if I thought any of the women you listed had the connections needed. I believe that if any of those women had a connection or networking opportunity which was of use to ANGC they would be chosen. So my answer to you is - I would think several of them would be useful but obviously the group they have chosen so far has all that they require. Again it is their club, their rules, their needs. Certainly not for me to decide how they chose their members. What makes you think you know better? You never answered any of my points earlier... isn't it the same type of discrimination when they don't offer it to someone because they didn't make enough money? Why wasn't Steve Jobs on the list? Maybe he was discriminated against. What about Warren Buffet? maybe he was too...
Jason Beasley May 24, 2012 at 11:03 PM
April 9th, huh? Let me help here... Since April 9th the following has happened but never reported on the Groton Patch: 1) The Fitch Boys Track team defeated perennial conference power NFA TWICE en-route to an undefeated season, regular season ECC title and ECC Championship title. 2) The Fitch baseball team won 15 straight games including wins over Montville and Waterford. This is a school record, but why would that be news? 3) The Fitch Softball team has had a great season including a no-hitter, and looks poised to make a decent run in the state tournament. Thanks for giving us a poll about a moot issue the reporter didn't even care to research-----on April 9th. Snidely yours, Jason Beasley May 24 2012
Skeptic May 25, 2012 at 12:28 AM
You do not understand the law. Rotary's membership standards are very loose compared to Augusta. If you take all or most comers you can't exclude. If you take very few applicants you can do whatever you want. Where would it stop? Can the government tell you who you must invite to a party in your home because business might be discussed?
Charlie Roberts May 25, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Why Not?

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