Muirfield plans to vote again on female members

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Muirfield plans to hold another vote on whether to allow female members at the club.

The news, announced Monday by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, comes just six weeks after the club failed to secure the required two-thirds vote of its membership. Of the 95 members who were eligible to vote, 64 percent were in favor of admitting female members.

As a result, the R&A removed Muirfield, which hosted the Open Championship as recently as 2013, from the rota for the foreseeable future. The R&A said previously that it would reconsider its stance if Muirfield changed the policy.

Now, 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 favor 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.”

The committee will bring up the issue again at a special general meeting and hopes to hold a fresh postal ballot before the end of the year.  

On Friday, Royal Troon, which hosts the Open in two weeks, is expected to pass a proposal that will introduce women members for the first time. The club is expected to receive the required support from three-quarters of its membership.