Survey says Royal Troon set to allow women members

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TROON, Scotland - Royal Troon Golf Club, the host of this year's British Open, is set to end its male-only membership policy after more than three quarters of members in a survey backed allowing in women.

Troon says its committee will propose at a meeting on July 1 that its membership grants approval for female members to join.

Troon official Martin Cheyne says the club needs to ''reflect the modern society''.

Royal Troon, formed in 1878, is sharing the responsibility of hosting next year's British Open with The Ladies Golf Club in Troon that uses its facilities.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews decided in 2014 to open its membership to women after 260 years of male exclusivity.

But Muirfield was banned last month from hosting the Britsh Open after its membership didn't approve female members joining.