Augusta National Golf Club is the ultimate Who's Who. Its members are leaders of men, heads of state and CEO's of billion dollar industries from beer to computers.
Every year they host The Masters, one of the most elite and prestigious golf tournaments of the PGA Tour. And every year Augusta National holds a press conference to talk about the events and their expectations hosted by chairmen Billy Payne.
I could talk about Billy's hypocrisy in chastizing Tiger Woods for his scandal and ignoring the drunken shenanigans of John Daly. But I won't.
I could talk about the pathetic acceptance policy of its members that buckled to outside pressure in allowing their first Black American member in 1990, but I won't.
I'm gonna talk about how they don't like women. I recognize that saying that is a bit inflammatory, but the members of Augusta National have sisters, wives, daughters, mothers and aunts. Despite that, there's not one female member at Augusta National Golf Club.
In fact, chairman Billy Payne spent several minutes lamenting the state of golf's decline at this years Masters presser, but when asked about female membership repeated prepared responses like a busted Teddy Ruxpin doll.
There are plenty of wealthy, connected females that could, presumably, play the course and schmooze like members of the social elite. At the very least you'd think they'd succomb to the pressure and get a female much like did with the first Black member in '90.
But, much as most everything else in American society, it would seem more unfortunate to be labeled a racist than a sexist. At least, that's what Augusta National, Billy Payne, The Masters tournament, and their sponsors would have you believe anyway.