Muirfield golf club votes to accept female members

Muirfield golf club votes to accept female members

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Muirfield golf club has voted to admit women as members for the first time since its founding in 1744.

An 80 per cent majority of club members voted to overturn the rule that excluded women from joining the club.

In May last year, the club held its first vote on the matter, but failed to reach the two-thirds majority threshold of votes required to change the policy.

The club was criticised for its decision to remain closed off to female membership, and it prompted the R&A, golf’s governing body, to remove Muirfield as a host venue for the Open Championship.

Following the announcement of an overturn on Tuesday, the R&A confirmed that Muirfield would resume hosting The Open.

Club captain Henry Fairweather welcomed the ruling. He said: “This is a significant decision for a club which was founded in 1744 and retains many of the values and aspirations of its founding members.

“We look forward to welcoming women as members who will enjoy, and benefit from, the great traditions and friendly spirit of this remarkable club”.

Following the announcement, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon congratulated the club for its decision.

She tweeted: “Well done, Muirfield – decision to admit women members emphatic & the right one. Look forward to seeing you host the Open again in future.”



A total of 621 votes were counted, with 498 votes in favour of overturning the ban.


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