A historic vote occurred in Scotland yesterday. More than 85% of eligible citizens voted in the Scottish Referendum for independence. As the final votes were tallied, more than two million votes, approximately 55%, were casted in favor of Scotland remaining in the United Kingdom. The Scottish had voted for inclusion; they voted to stay connected with the other members of the United Kingdom.
The vote on independence was not the only historic vote for inclusion in Scotland yesterday. The 2,400 members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club were asked to vote on Thursday as to whether women should be allowed to become members. About three quarters of the members participated in the ballot and of those who voted, 85% voted for inclusion.
“18th Green and Clubhouse” by paul birrell – From geograph.org.uk. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
The R&A Club is based at the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland. Previously, women were allowed to play at the course, but they were not allowed to become members. The R&A Club sets the rules for the game of golf everywhere in the world except the United States and Mexico. While women were allowed at St. Andrews, they were not permitted in the clubhouse nor had a significant influence on any of the rulemaking.
The LPGA approved of the R&A’s decision releasing a statement saying “the LPGA is happy to hear that the members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews have voted to include female members. This decision is certainly a step in the right direction and one that better captures the current diversity and inclusiveness of our great game.”
In 2012, the Augusta National Club, which hosts the Masters, admitted two women members, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore, for the first time in the 80-year history of the club.