• Another vote had been expected before the end of 2016
• "A date still to be finalised," said secretary Stuart McEwen
MUIRFIELD | SCOTTISH GOLF
A second vote on whether to admit women members at Muirfield has been put on hold by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, bunkered.co.uk understands.
In June, it was revealed that the club committee would seek authority from the membership to hold a fresh ballot before the end of the year, with club captain Henry Fairweather (below, right) saying in a statement the he hoped it would start to repair the club’s ‘damaged reputation’.
"A date has still to be finalised for this" - Stuart McEwen
However, with six weeks to go until the end of the year, it looks highly unlikely that it will happen.
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“Another vote will take place, however a date has still to be finalised for this,” club secretary Stuart McEwen (above, left) told bunkered.co.uk in an email.
This corresponds with an article in the East Lothian Courier, where a spokesman said there would be ‘no decision until 2017’.
The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers sparked outrage around the world in May when it upheld its ban on female members, a decision which subsequently saw it immediately removed from the Open rota.
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“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,” said Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A.
In total, 397 (64%) of the club’s 616 members voted ‘for’ the admittance of women, falling 14 votes short of the two-thirds needed to pass the motion.
"The members decide the Rules of the Club, including its membership policy" - Henry Fairweather
At the time, captain Fairweather, said: “The Honourable Company is a members club, and, as such, the members decide the Rules of the Club, including its membership policy.
“Women will continue to be welcome at Muirfield on the course and in the clubhouse as guests and visitors, as they have been for many years.”
Muirfield vote put on hold
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