The national reaction to the Augusta National Golf Club finally allowing female members has been mostly positive. People like PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem as well as noted golfers Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam all came out with praise for Augusta for finally permitting women to join.
Finchem released a statement complimenting Augusta chairman Billy Paine.
At a time when women represent one of the fastest growing segments in both playing and following the game of golf, this sends a positive and inclusive message for our sport.
Woods, who knows new member Condoleeza Rice via the Stanford University grapevine, released a statement to the Associated Press.
I think the decision by the Augusta National membership is important to golf. The [c]lub continues to demonstrate its commitment to impacting the game in positive ways. I would like to congratulate both new members, especially my friend Condi Rice.
I was delighted to hear the news this morning that Augusta National has allowed two female members into their club. The women invited, Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, are highly respected women and business leaders. They will be great representatives for women in the game.
However, not all of the reaction has been positive. There has been a lot of sarcasm from those on Twitter, including one in particular by Rick Reilly. Gord Miller of TSN had an equally sarcastic response to Augusta's decision, only with less political implications.
Augusta National announces addition of first female members, now considering ordering calendars where the year starts with a "2".
History was made on Monday, when the Augusta National Golf Club admitted its first two female members -- ever. Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore were admitted into the prestigious golf club - which hosts The Masters each year - on Monday morning by club Chairman Billy Payne.
As you'd expect, the reaction around the Internet has been nothing but joyous and positive towards Augusta's decision. Some, though, haven't been so quick to dispel Augusta's past.
SB Nation's Adam Fonseca, though, writes that we should indeed focus on the future, rather than the club's ugly history.
Augusta National did not have to change its membership requirements. They would have still made a profit every year at The Masters, and males and females alike would continue to buy tickets to visit the course.
That is exactly why today's announcement to welcome two female members is so impressive, and why you should applaud progress on one of the sport's most celebrated venues.
Augusta National is moving forward, and everyone else should, too.
Indeed, the past cannot be changed, and with today's news, we should all move forward -- not backward.