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Will Muirfield lose British Open status if it again rejects women members?

May 18, 2016

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“Muirfield is in danger of losing its Open status with members close to blocking the admission of women. An announcement on that vote could arrive as early as Thursday,” Ewan Murray of the Guardian writes.

“Muirfield, as controlled by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, has presided over an historically male-only membership policy…It has now emerged that a group of 30 members, fronting a ‘no’ campaign against the admission of women, has had a strong influence.”

The Scotsman, meanwhile, obtained a copy of the letter written by the group to club members. It reads in part:

“It is accepted that we may have to change, but we should not do so now on the basis suggested. We have had a lengthy process, but it is felt that there is time to pause and consider further options to develop the club and it is hoped retain The Open.

“It is recommended that members vote against the resolution to change our rules to include the admission of lady members.”


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