Making Scotland proud again

June 3rd, 2016

The widespread criticism of the decision made by some members of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfer to deny Muirfield membership to women has spurred the Committee of Royal Troon Golf Club into action. The Club has informed Members that fundamental changes to the Constitution of the Club, allowing women members, will be proposed at a Special General Meeting on 1st July, just two weeks before The Open Championship.

A detailed consultation programme with Members had found that opening the Club to women members was supported by over three-quarters of those who participated but just over a month ago Club Captain Martin Cheyne indicated that it was likely to be the end of this year before the process was concluded.

This week. however, the Captain said, “Looking ahead to the Open Championship, we want Scotland to be proud of Royal Troon Golf Club and the Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon as we jointly host this most prestigious competition in front of a worldwide audience. That is why we are moving quickly to a Special General Meeting and to have these matters resolved as swiftly as possible following our consultation.”

Writing in ‘The Scotsman’ this morning, Martin Dempster says, “It is great news for golf and great news for Scotland, especially on the back of all the bad publicity that has been heaped on both the sport and this country due to the dreadful decision by the Muirfield members or 219 of them anyway.”

Geoff Russell, Publisher



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