Masters chairman sidesteps female membership issue

Augusta National Golf Club's chairman Billy Payne speaks at a press conference during a practice round for the 2011 Masters golf tournament in AugustaAUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - The prickly issue of whether women should be allowed to join the exclusive all-male Augusta National Golf Club refuses to go away. On the eve of the Masters, chairman Billy Payne was again peppered with questions about whether the 80-year-old club would change its restrictive policy. In keeping with the club’s secretive traditions, he refused to provide a clear answer when asked repeatedly by the media, saying only that membership issues were not for public debate. …

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