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Darla Moore Among First Two Women Invited to Augusta National

Moore is joined by politician Condoleezza Rice.

Ten years of controversy apparently was enough for Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament. 

The club announced on Monday that it had extended invitations to women for the first time in its 80-year history. The banker Darla Moore, a South Carolina native, and former Secretary of State and Defense Condoleezza Rice were invited to join for the season which begins in October. Both women accepted the invitation, according to the AP.

The club had been under fire since at least 2002, when activist Martha Burk attempted to organize a boycott of the club. While the boycott was unsuccessful, Burk did succeed in shining a light on the 80-year-old club's membership practices.

Moore is a native of the Pee Dee area and has been active in South Carolina for most of her life. She donated $25 million to the University of South Carolina in 1998 and USC's School of Business is named in her honor.

Rice has been a trailblazer in several respects. She's the first African-American woman to be Secretary of State and the first female provost in the history of Stanford University

One of South Carolina's leading women Karen Floyd, told Patch, "I don't golf, but the news makes we want to start," Floyd said. "Two better women could not have been selected and the fact that one of them is Darla Moore is a great coup for South Carolina."

At a bill-signing today in Lexington, the state's most prominent female, Gov. Nikki Haley, said she does not play golf but, "It's great news and I applaud Augusta National for the announcement."

NOTE - Karen Floyd and Gov. Haley comments added after original publication.

Richard Hayes August 21, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I heard both accepted. I know Dr. Rice is a very good golfer - I would be money so is Ms. Moore. Sad they did not offer any Democratic women membership -- maybe Barbara Milkuski or Hillary Clinton....
Stephanie August 21, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Darla Moore is a Democrat and politics should play no part at all in why they have both been invited to join Augusta. Dr. Rice studies golf.
Richard Hayes August 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Stephanie - Darla Moore is NOT a Democrat, but a common-sense Republican
Stephanie August 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Mr. Hayes, your response made me check out my comment and I was wrong. According to an article from 3/24/11, after Nicki Haley replaced Ms. Moore on the Board of Directors at USC, this was in the article, "Moore, who has donated to both Democrats and Republicans but does not list a party affiliation, and Haley did not meet. Haley sent a three-sentence letter, dated March 3, to a New York office, thanking her for her service." She was replaced by Tommy Cofield who gave $4,500.00 to Haley's campaign. I go to church with him and know this to be true. Of course, Ms. Moore hit back very subtly donating $5M for the McNair Center, a project that Haley had already cut from the budget.
Wounded Warrior August 24, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Congrats to DM. Maybe she and Steve Spurrier could play a round or 3 together. Pretty powerful duo there.

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