Thursday, April 08, 2010

Chairman of Augusta National Men's Golf Club Responds to the Woman Question

The Chairman of the Augusta National Men's Golf Club made a big splash in the news yesterday by chastising Brother Tiger. The male-dominated media called it a "stern" and "harsh rebuke."

Poor Tiger. Why can't he lie and deceive women in private?

Speaking of the great importance of role models and responsibilities, Chairman Payne said that Tiger "disappointed all of us, and more importantly, our kids and our grandkids."

Reporters asked questions after the Chairman of the Brotherhood of Masterly Golf Players finished rebuking Brother Tiger. Apparently, it occurred to at least one reporter that "our kids and grandkids" include girls. The reporter asked the woman question:

Finally, Payne faced a question about Augusta National’s all-male membership. Reminded that he had talked of role models and responsibility, Payne was asked if the club felt responsibility to open its arms to women in golf. For the first time, Payne hesitated in reply. Then he mentioned that the club had contributed “tens of millions of dollars” to the game that benefited both men’s and women’s golf.

“The rest of that may be a membership kind of issue,” Payne said. He tilted his head to one side and made an expression that could have been interpreted as an apologetic smile. Then Billy Payne leaned forward and said: “As you know, that is subject to the private deliberations of the members.”