R&A’s Portmarnock alliance sends a dismal message | Ewan Murray

by theguardian

Golf
Next year’s Amateur Championship will take place at a club which retains a male-only membership policy and the R&A’s explanation does golf no favours

The job description for chief executive of the R&A does not include a necessity to defend the indefensible. That may be a mistake.

As the Open continues to expand into fresh commercial territory and golf finally appears willing to limit driving distances, old prejudices remain. They remain intrinsically linked to the R&A, the body responsible for governance of the sport. What is galling is an apparent unwillingness to admit the existence of prehistoric attitudes. You needn’t even dig terribly deep to discover them.

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