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Johnson Tells Paper No Female Member Ever

Augusta National chairman Hootie Johnson was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution following the Masters as saying 'there never will be a female member, six months after the Masters, a year, 10 years, or ever.'
Glenn Greenspan, an Augusta National spokesman, said Wednesday that Johnson's statement 'reflects the political situation and the political pressure put on the club and does not reflect on the future.'
Greenspan said Augusta might someday admit a woman member, but would do so on their own timetable.
According to the Journal-Constitution's story, Augusta National's membership is solidly behind Johnson.
'Shortly after that fellow Thomas Wyman withdrew his membership in sympathy with the women,' Johnson said, 'we got out a letter to every member of the club, offering them the privilege of withdrawing if the issue bothered them.
'We didn't have one acceptance. Not one.'
Johnson also addressed the rumor that after this past week's tournament, a female member, such as Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez or Judy Bell, the former president of the U.S. Golf Association, might be accepted.
'There never has been, at any time, any consideration of Augusta National taking in women members,' Johnson told the Journal-Constitution.
Martha Burk, head of the National Council of Women's Organizations, said at the tournament's conclusion on Sunday that she hoped to resume within two weeks her campaign to get a female member into the exclusive club.
Burk said corporate leaders who are members of Augusta will be targeted. She hopes to set up individual meetings to urge them to take a stand against what she considers sex discrimination at the club.
'The club needs to open its doors to women, but the larger goal, and it has been for months, has always been to make sex discrimination as unacceptable in the halls of power as race discrimination is,'' Burk said Sunday.
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    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.