Muirfield calls for fresh ballot on female members

Muirfield ready to stage a new vote on its membership 

Andy Roberts's picture
Mon, 27 Jun 2016

Muirfield has revealed it's ready to host a new ballot to decide whether to admit female members.

The 16-time Open venue opted against lifting its ban on women in May and was told it would not stage another major as a result.

The privately owned Scottish links, which hosted its first Open in 1892, needed two thirds of its eligible voters to back the move to admit women but only 64% voted for the resolution.

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Muirfield club captain Henry Fairweather said: "A substantial majority of our members voted for change and many have voiced their disappointment with the ballot result and with subsequent events.

"The Club Committee believes that a clear and decisive vote in favour of admitting women as members is required to enable us to begin the task of restoring the reputation of the Club that has been damaged by the earlier ballot outcome."

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last month called the club's stance "simply indefensible."

Muirfield hopes the new vote will take place by the end of the year.

 

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