Royal and Ancient Golf Club invites two new women members

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The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. (Getty)

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews on Monday announced the addition of two new female members.

Canada’s Marlene Stewart Streit and the United States’ Judy Bell have both accepted invitations to become honorary members.

Streit, 81, is the only player in history to win the Canadian, British, U.S., and Australian women’s amateurs. Bell, 79, is best known as the first female president of the United States Golf Association. Both are World Golf Hall of Fame members.

“It is a privilege to welcome two women who have enjoyed such long and distinguished careers in golf to The Royal and Ancient Golf Club,” club captain Gavin Caldwell said. “Both Marlene and Judy have made substantial contributions to golf through their outstanding achievements as players and their tireless work in supporting the development of the sport. They are both wonderful examples to follow and tremendous ambassadors for golf.”

The club voted to admit its first female members in Sept. 2014. Streit and Bell join seven women previously invited to join, including Dame Laura Davies, Annika Sorenstam, Louise Suggs, Renee Powell, Lally Segard, Belle Robertson and Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II.