The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has voted ‘overwhelmingly’ in favor of welcoming women members, it has been announced. The club’s annual autumn meeting saw members vote 85 per cent in favor of the change in membership rules that have stood for its 260-year history. Cabinet Secretary for Sport and Equalities Shona Robison also praised the decision, adding: ‘In the week before Scotland welcomes golf fans from across the world for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, this decision by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews to admit women members is another step on the road to full equality in sport and society. HSBC is committed to growing the game at all levels and fundamental to this is our commitment to the value of diversity and our support of women’s golf which is a cornerstone of our global golf portfolio. When @GolfDigest shared this on Instagram the comments are overwhelmingly negative, stating that it is a disgrace to allow women into the club. We are surprised at the ignorance of these guys who don’t understand the economic impact women have on the sport, and not only because we’re pretty. Some women play better than guys, Lexi Thompson at age 19 could probably beat most guys on the course. Check out this feature that reminds us the golfer participated in her first major at age 12. http://www.golfpunkmag.com/news-category/lexi-thompson-exclusive-full-monty/
After a hole-in-one at the KLM Open in Amsterdam, golfer Andy Sullivan has won a prize that is truly out of this world. The Englishman, who found the cup with his tee shot on the 15th hole, bagged himself a flight into space courtesy of a Dutch aerospace company. XCOR Aerospace pledged a 62-minute space flight to any player who could card a hole-in-one at the 15th at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club. “My daughter will think I’m the best dad in the world — a professional golfer and an astronaut, she’s got the best dad in the world! I’m going to have to pluck up some serious courage, but it is a once in a lifetime experience, so I’m going to have to do it.”
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