AUGUSTA, Ga. – Condoleezza Rice’s first reaction to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship was one of excitement. “Not for me, although I’m excited,” the former Secretary of State said after the historic announcement on Wednesday at the first news conference conducted by chairman Fred Ridley.
Speaking as a university professor that knows the intercollegiate game through her relationship with the teams at Stanford University, Rice said, “I could just see their faces and the excitement of coming [to Augusta National].”
In 2012, Rice was invited to become one of Augusta National’s first women members. Speaking to the many changes that have taken place since then, Rice was best equipped to provide perspective on the social changes at the venerable club over the past six years.
“I’ve said many times that our country is a story of our great institutions evolving and becoming more inclusive over time,” Rice said. “This is one of the great institutions, not just American institutions, but international institutions, so it’s evolved and it’s become more inclusive and that’s very exciting.”