What they said about the R&A vote to allow women members

Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:27pm EDT
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By Mitch Phillips

LONDON (Reuters) - The Royal & Ancient golf club's decision to allow women members after 260 years on Thursday has been widely welcomed within and beyond the game.

Here are a selection of reactions to the vote, which was passed with an 85 percent majority:

Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A: "This is a very important and positive day in the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

"The R&A has served the sport of golf well for 260 years and I am confident that the club will continue to do so in future with the support of all its members, both women and men."

Helen Grant, Britain's minister for sport: "This is positive news for the sport and I hope we will now see other golf clubs that still have outdated same sex policies follow suit," she said.

"With golf in the next Olympics there is a huge opportunity for the sport to grow and this sends out the right inclusive message that golf is for everyone."

Giles Morgan, HSBC bank's head of sponsorship and events (who said previously that the bank, a major sponsor, was in an "uneasy position" over the all-male membership at Muirfield, host of last year's British Open):

"As a partner of the R&A and a long-term international sponsor of golf, we welcome this news with open arms.   Continued...