• Special general meeting will take place 13 days before the Open
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ROYAL TROON GOLF CLUB | THE OPEN
Royal Troon Golf Club has announced it will be holding a special general meeting before the Open Championship to propose the allowing of women members.
The meeting will take place on July 1 – 13 days before the Open gets underway – after a detailed consultation programme with members found that opening the club to women is supported by more than three-quarters of members who participated in the survey.
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News of the vote comes just two weeks after the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to admit women members and, as a result, the R&A immediately stripped Muirfield of future Open Championships.
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 the 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.
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“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.”
With the admittance of women members at Royal Troon looking increasingly likely, the decision to sort the matter out before the Open Championship seems a wise move given the wave of negative publicity Muirfield received from the worldwide media at the 2013 Open.
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Numerous high-profile politicians boycotted the event and hit out at the East Lothian club’s male-only policy, with Royal Troon no doubt wary of matters off the course overshadowing the championship – which it last held in 2004.
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