Troon votes 'overwhelmingly' to allow women

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Royal Troon Golf Club, which will host The Open later this month, voted “overwhelmingly” on Friday to admit the club’s first female members.

According to a club statement, the vote took place during a “special general meeting.”

“We have said a number of times recently that it is important for golf clubs to reflect the society in which we exist and the modern world that looks to us,” said club captain Dr. Martin Cheyne. “Therefore, I am delighted with the decision taken by members of Royal Troon this evening and I look forward to welcoming women into our great club. It is the right decision for the club today, and for the generation of golfers that will follow.”

The vote comes after a similar measure to admit female members was narrowly defeated earlier this year by members of Muirfield Golf Club. The course was subsequently removed from the Open rota by the R&A, and earlier this week the club indicated plans to hold another vote on the matter.

The voting result at Troon was applauded by the R&A, which will host The Open on the Scottish links course for the first time since 2004.

“We welcome this decision by the membership at Royal Troon and recognize its significance for the club,” the organization said in a statement. “Our focus today is very much on the 145th Open in just under two weeks’ time, but we can now look forward to many more great championships at Royal Troon in years to come.”