Royal & Ancient golf club considering women

Last updated 02:48 27/03/2014

Relevant offers


'Sometimes change is a good thing' - Lydia Ko opens up on axing caddie Jason Hamilton Bank account 'tsunami' for Rory McIlroy's caddie as $1.5m tip comes in Powell powers his way to top of New Zealand amateur champs Lydia Ko battles Ariya Jutanugarn for major honours on LPGA Tour Waikato golfer Denzel Ieremia claims first US college individual victory From Heretaunga to Augusta, the race starts at NZ amateur at Royal Wellington Padraig Harrington claims first European Tour victory in 8 years Ryan Fox slips fourth in latest Challenge Tour event, edging closer to European Tour card New Zealand golfer Ryan Fox holds four-shot lead at Foshan Open in China Tiger Woods believes he will eclipse Jack Nicklaus' major record

Women could be let in to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, a men-only institution for 260 years, after it was announced on Wednesday (local time) members would vote on the thorny subject.

Recognised as the spiritual home of golf, St Andrews has come under increasing fire for excluding women members but things could finally change in September when the club's 2500 members will decide whether to open its doors to all.

"Members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the founding club of The R&A, will vote on a motion to admit women as members," a statement said.

"The Club's committees are strongly in favour of the rule change and are asking members to support it.

"The vote is scheduled to take place in September of this year."

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has traditionally been the guardian of the rules of the game since 1754, although since 2004 it devolved responsibility for the administration of the game and the Open championship to the newly-formed The R&A.

Last year the R&A was criticised for choosing Muirfield, which has a male-only membership policy, to host the Open championship with Scoland's First Minister Alex Salmond refusing to attend.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

If she is able to, when do you expect Lydia Ko to win her first major?

Next year, she's so close

She's still working towards it, within three years

It may be longer than we think, within five years

The expectation might be too much, maybe never

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content