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After Augusta change, golf still has room to grow

Tuesday’s weather forecast for Augusta, Ga., was for temperatures in the low 80s and a 30 percent possibility of isolated storms. Barring something unexpected, then, chances were excellent that the sun would indeed rise, the world would not end, and Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts were not rolling over in their graves — although Augusta National Golf Club would neither confirm nor deny that last part, since it remains a private club matter.

Life as we know it, at least for most of us, remains pretty much the same as it was the day before. Monday’s announcement that Augusta National has added its first two female members — former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, a financier from South Carolina — is certainly newsworthy, and good for golf. While I’m on board in saying it’s absolutely the right move, I’m not entirely sold on this being the cultural benchmark that some activists are calling it. That a group of wealthy, powerful men saw fit to finally include two wealthy, powerful women does little for the common folk except improve the club’s image. But if you’re wired to trumpet change simply for change’s sake, fire away.

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