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St Andrews welcomes women members
19 Sep 2014 10:10
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has voted "overwhelmingly" in favour of allowing women members for the first time in its 260-year history.
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Club secretary Peter Dawson said: "I am very pleased indeed to announce that the membership of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has voted overwhelmingly in favour of welcoming women members.
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"More than three quarters of the club's global membership took part in the ballot, with a decisive 85% voting for women to become members.
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"This vote has immediate effect and I can confirm that The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is now a mixed membership club.
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"The membership has also acted to fast-track a significant initial number of women to become members in the coming months.
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"This is a very important and positive day in the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
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"The R&A has served the sport of golf well for 260 years and I am confident that the club will continue to do so in future with the support of all its members, both women and men."
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Minister for Sport Helen Grant welcomed the decision, saying: "I am pleased that the members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews have voted in favour of admitting women members.
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"This is positive news for the sport and I hope we will now see other golf clubs that still have outdated same-sex policies follow suit.
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"With golf in the next Olympics there is a huge opportunity for the sport to grow and this sends out the right inclusive message that golf is for everyone."
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