(ST. ANDREWS, Scotland) — The Royal & Ancient Golf Club is lobbying for its members to vote in favor of allowing women to join the prestigious club for the first time.
The club released a statement on Wednesday that said they are, “strongly in favor of the rule change and are asking members to support it.”
Andrews has about 2,400 members from around the world.
“This is welcome news from the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, and I urge its members to follow their committees’ recommendations and vote `yes’ for women members,” British sports minister Helen Grant said in a statement. “It would mark a step in the right direction for the sport and I would hope encourage the remaining golf clubs that still have anachronistic single-sex member policies to follow suit.”
Augusta National Golf Club set the trend back in August 2012 when they announced that it was inviting two women to join — former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore.
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