Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews announces 1st female members
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Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews announces 1st female members

For the first time in 260 years, women are members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

On Tuesday, the club announced Princess Anne; golf legends Louise Suggs, Annika Sorenstam, Laura Davies and Renée Powell; as well as European golf standouts Belle Robertson and Lally Segard have all accepted invitations to become honorary members of the club.

“This is an historic day for the club and we could not be more proud also to welcome women who have distinguished themselves in golf over many years and have been great players and champions," said R&A club captain George Macgregor. "They are extremely worthy additions to our roll of honorary members and will become ambassadors for the club as they have been for the sport of golf throughout their careers.”

The club also has admitted several full female members, but did not release their names as Augusta National Golf Club did when Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore became that club's first women members in August 2012.

The announcement comes after the club voted in September 2014 to admit female members, with 85 percent of ballots cast in favor of the measure.


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