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Augusta National

Admits 1st Woman ...

Condoleezza Rice!!

8/20/2012 8:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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For the first time EVER, the Augusta National Golf Club -- home of The Masters -- has admitted a woman as a member ... and the honor went to Condoleezza Rice!!

Augusta -- located in Georgia -- had been a woman-free zone since it opened for business in 1933 ... and only started allowing black men into the club in 1990. Seriously, 1990.  

But this morning Augusta announced it had invited the former Secretary of State, along with South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore, to join the club.

Rice is an avid golfer.

Guess they'll have to build a new locker room.

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9:00 AM PT -- Augusta National chairman Billy Payne has released a statement saying, ""It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall."

"This is a significant and positive time in our club's history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family."

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1.

scoopie    

not only a woman, but african american and one of the best secretary of state reps we ever had.. wonder what her handicap is

796 days ago
2.

Mikey    

All is lost............

796 days ago
3.

Jordan    

Did they except the invitation and when will you get the picture of condolezza in her green jacket.

796 days ago
4.

Mikey    

"wonder what her handicap is"

Obviously her handicap is that she's black.

796 days ago
5.

Kobe_No_Means_No    

15 years from now and Augusta's locker rooms will look like the NBA's and NFL's.

796 days ago
6.

lander    

there's not proof that she's a woman.

796 days ago
7.

Bob    

Sounds like a publicity stunt to me. Obviously it worked, because we are reading about it on TMZ.

796 days ago
8.

Annette    

Good Lord, this is where the Masters happens and they have been allowed to get away with excluding women for all this time??

The sponsors, the players, the players' wives, the spectators... Not a single one of these people has ever thought to make a fuss?

Yet another reason to despise the kind of people who play golf.

796 days ago
9.

your own luck    

Without going into too much detail, Darla's husband has a terminal illness. Ask her when was the last time she even visited him. Enjoy your golf, Darla.

796 days ago
10.

jules    

Only one!? Its a start! Lets the doors open to all women! We promise we won't pee on your toilet seats.

796 days ago
11.

Pudding Tang    

Better beef up security Condee, the invitation could have ulterior motives. =

796 days ago
12.

OffGOPClownCar    

Augusta killed two birds with one stone!

The rednecks like "Obamasaracist" will say something stupid . . . as usual"!

796 days ago
13.

cekeste    

Hell yeah! Publicity stunt or not, Condi likely opened those doors on her own merit.

796 days ago
14.

kinga    

Never knew why it took this long Augusta had many tournaments for women's golf which is still strange to me.

796 days ago
15.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Rice is white.

796 days ago
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