Thursday, September 29, 2016

Muirfield Golf Club Punished After Refusing Women Members

Muirfield Golf Club Punished After Refusing Women Members

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The Muirfield Golf Club will not be considered as a venue for the British Open after it refused membership of females on Thursday.

The golf club in Scotland last hosted the British Open in 2013, but the possibility of it hosting the event once again will remain cold unless it will allow females to join.

Two-thirds of the votes from its 750 members were required for a change, but this number was not achieved, so a response was asked from Royal and Ancient, the organizers of the British Open.

According to CNN, R&A released a statement saying that the decision was made in relation to the Open Championship.

“The Open is one of the world’s greatest sporting events, and going forward, we will not stage the Championship at a venue that does not admit women as members. Given the schedule for staging the Open, it would be some years before Muirfield would be considered to host the Championship again. If the policy at the club should change, we would reconsider Muirfield as a venue for the Open in the future.”

Although other British Open locations have allowed female members recently, Muirfield chose not to after a two-year consultation process.

The R&A received serious criticism after using Muirfield Golf Club as its venue in 2013 because of its policy on club membership. Muirfield, which was established in 1744, has already hosted 16 British Opens.

The Telegraph UK reported that UK politicians unified in condemning the vote. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon thought it “wrong and indefensible” while Prime Minister David Cameron said that sports clubs must be completely open to both sexes especially if “you think that you are going to host important championships”.

Ironically, the host of this year’s British Open, the Royal Troon, has an exclusive male membership of its club. However, they have an excuse as they have a separate club for women. Royal Troon is presently consulting members if they need a change.