Augusta member resigns

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Augusta member resigns

New York: The former chief executive officer of CBS became the first member of the Augusta National Golf Club to resign in protest over the club's refusal to admit a woman member, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.Thomas H. Wyman, a 25-year member of Augusta National, told the Times that club chairman Hootie Johnson's position not to admit women was unacceptable and "pigheaded". He estimated that as many as one quarter of the roughly 300 club members also support the admission of women."I am not anxious to make this personal," Wyman told the newspaper. "But Hootie keeps writing that there has not been a single case of protest in the membership. And he absolutely believes this will all go away. It will not go away and it should not. I know there is a large number of members, at least 50 to 75, who believe it is inevitable that there will be and should be a woman member. There are obviously some redneck, old-boy types down there, but there are a lot of very thoughtful, rational people in the membership and they feel as strongly as I do".Augusta National issued a statement to the Times about Wyman's resignation."We are disappointed that Mr. Wyman has chosen to publicize a private matter," club spokesperson Glenn Greenspan said. "While we respect the fact that there are differences of opinion on this issue, we intend to stand firm behind our right to make what are both appropriate and private membership choices".The debate over Augusta National's all-male membership escalated in July when Johnson denounced Martha Burk and the National Council of Women's Organizations for demanding a female member by the next Masters in April.The Masters already has dropped its three television sponsors to keep them out of the controversy, and Johnson said last month there was no chance Augusta National would have a female member in the near future.Wyman also called on Augusta members and former Masters champions Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to support the admission of a woman member.Palmer and Nicklaus have been reluctant to talk about membership at Augusta National. (AP)

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