According to the Associated Press, Augusta National, after maintaining a policy that denied women the opportunity to join the club for nearly eighty years, has changed course, admitting former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore as its first female members.

The policy change is a victory for both women and golf, and the nod toward more inclusionary admission practices has me (fingers crossed) hopeful that Augusta National will rethink my application.

The Debate on Belly Putters

With three out of the last four major championships having been won by golfers using long putters, the debate over the use of those clubs has, once again, come to the forefront. The proponents of banning long putters often cite the ability of a golfer to “anchor” such clubs to his or her body. However, if the R&A and USGA ultimately opt to eliminate long putters from the game of golf, hopefully they’ll understand that anchoring the club is often a function of physiology for some golfers…regardless of putter length.