Troon, Scotland: The Committee of Royal Troon Golf Club has told members that it will propose fundamental changes to the Constitution of the Club, allowing women members, at a Special General Meeting on July 1, before The Open Championship.
A detailed consultation programme with members found that opening the club to women members is supported by more than three-quarters of the members who participated in the club’s survey.
Martin Cheyne, Captain of Royal Troon Golf Club, said: “Following our consultation with members, the Committee of Royal Troon Golf Club is moving to convene a Special General Meeting on July 1, at which we will propose that the Constitution of the Club is changed to allow women members to join on exactly the same basis as the men.
“Recently we spoke about the need for our club to reflect the modern society in which we exist and I am pleased that a large majority of members who responded to our survey agree and support opening the club to women.
“Looking ahead to the Open Championship, we want Scotland to be proud of Royal Troon Golf Club and the Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon as we jointly host this most prestigious competition in front of a worldwide audience.
“That is why we are moving quickly to a Special General Meeting and to have these matters resolved as swiftly as possible following our consultation. We will make a further statement after that meeting.”
Royal Troon’s move comes a fortnight after Muirfield was struck from the list of Open Championship venues after the club opted to remain male-only.
In the results of the East Lothian club’s postal ballot, the two-thirds majority required to amend its constitution to admit females narrowly failed.
The postal ballot of Muirfield members returned 64% for and 36% against allowing women to join for the first time in the club’s 125-year history.
In the wake of that outcome, Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, organisers of The Open, said: “We have consistently said that it is a matter for the Honourable Company to conduct a review of its membership policy and that we would await their decision.
“The R&A has considered today’s decision with respect to The Open Championship. The Open is one of the world’s great sporting events and going forward we will not stage the Championship at a venue that does not admit women as members.
“Given the schedule for staging The Open, it would be some years before Muirfield would have been considered to host the Championship again. If the policy at the club should change we would reconsider Muirfield as a venue for The Open in future.”
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