Augusta Admits Condoleezza Rice

    FILE - This April 5, 2006 file photo shows bright yellow flowers in the shape of the United States adorn the lawn at the clubhouse during practice for the 2006 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. For the first time in it's 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members. The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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    One of the nation’s staunchest boys’ clubs has been broken. Augusta National Golf Club announced Monday that the club for the first time had added to its rosters two female members: former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and prominent South Carolina banker Darla Moore. It’s a hole in one for gender equality that’s 75 years in the making and something both women will surely savor when they don the club’s most distinctive garment. “These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf, and both are well known and respected by our membership,” said Augusta National chairman Billy Payne. “It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall.”

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