Report: R&A asks members to allow women to join

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 6:00 AM

LONDON (AP) — The Royal & Ancient looks set to allow women to join one of the world's most influential golf clubs.

The Daily Mail newspaper on Wednesday cited a letter from the R&A to its 2,500 members recommending they change the all-male membership policy at St. Andrews, Scotland, the home of golf.

Wilson Sibbet, chairman of the club's general committee, reportedly wrote to members saying "now is the time to ask members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club to welcome female members into the club."

A vote expected to be held in the autumn.

The R&A, which organizes the British Open, did not deny the letter's authenticity but would not comment further ahead of a planned statement Wednesday.

Pressure has been building on the R&A to allow female members. The R&A of St. Andrews was founded in 1754.

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