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Augusta National Female Members Reaction: Time To Move Forward

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.

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