Former Augusta chairman Johnson nominated friend Moore for membership

Former Augusta chairman Johnson nominated friend Moore for membership

A decade ago, Darla Moore prodded friend, fellow University of South Carolina Gamecock and then Augusta National Golf Club chairman Hootie Johnson about admitting her as the first female member at the home of the Masters.

In 2012, it was the 81-year-old retired chairman who nominated Moore to break the gender barrier at the club.

Johnson nominated Moore, a South Carolina financier, for membership, according to Bloomberg News Service.

“She has a long connection with me," Johnson said. "I’ve had her as a guest at the club a number of times along with her husband. She’s a sweet lady.”

The pair met and became close when working on a capital campaign at the University of South Carolina in the  late 1990s. Johnson was instrumental in getting Moore's name on the university's business school in 1999.

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