Nicola Sturgeon 'may snub' 2016 Open

2016 04 Nicola Sturgeon
• Nicola Sturgeon to snub the Open, understands
• This is due to Royal Troon's male-only membership policy
• Royal Troon has a ladies' club situated right next to the men's

NICOLA STURGEON | THE OPEN | ROYAL TROON | THE R&A understands that the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, may snub this year’s Open Championship at Royal Troon in light of ongoing controversy surrounding the club’s membership policy.

Currently on the campaign trail ahead of next week’s Scottish Parliamentary elections, we are told that the First Minister said that it was ‘unacceptable’ for anywhere in Scotland to be off-limits to women.

Our source told us it was possible that Nicola Sturgeon may follow the lead of her predecessor Alex Salmond in boycotting golf’s oldest professional tournament this year. Salmond elected not to attend the 2013 championship at Muirfield in protest at the male-only policy of the host club, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.

It is understood that a vote to welcome women into the fold of the East Lothian venue may be imminent. Should it pass, the club would follow the example of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and Royal St George’s, two other Open host venues which have, in recent times, become mixed membership clubs.


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Last year, Royal Troon began a ‘comprehensive review to consider the most appropriate membership policy for the future”.

It is believed that it considers itself to be a ‘special case’ in so much as it shares facilities with the Ladies Golf Club, Troon. The two clubs are sharing the responsibility of hosting this year’s Open via a joint championship committee.

There is no indication that the matter will be resolved – and the two clubs merged – before this year’s championship takes place. has, this afternoon, attempted to contact the First Minister’s office for comment or clarification on these reports. However, by the time we published this story, we had not received a reply.

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