Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Billy Payne said he supports a movement by Scotland’s Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews to add women as members of its private club, as his did two years ago.
Donations to the Masters Tournament Foundation slumped 37 percent in 2012 as benefactors didn’t make follow-up gifts to the charity created by the private club that hosts the first of golf’s four annual major tournaments.
The news that Augusta National Golf Club had invited Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore to join Bill Gates and Warren Buffett as its newest members came as a surprise even to some who already have a green jacket.
Twenty-two years ago, International Business Machines Corp. used its clout to protest racial discrimination. The company joined other corporate sponsors in pulling television advertising from the PGA Championship which was being played at a whites-only Alabama golf club.