Augusta National admits two women, including Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice has lived a life of firsts: first black woman to be Secretary of State, first black woman to be national security adviser and the first African-American, first woman and youngest person to be provost of Stanford University.
On Monday, Rice added another first when she became one of the first two female members admitted to Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters tournament, which has excluded women as members throughout its 80-year history. The other new member is Darla Moore, a South Carolina financier and philanthropist who was on the cover of Fortune in 1997 as “The Toughest Babe in Business.”
For Rice, now a professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford, the membership reflects a competitiveness that she has brought to athletic and academic pursuits throughout her 57 years. A former competitive ice skater and a serious tennis player, Rice began golfing only seven years ago, on a vacation with family members to the Greenbrier, a resort in West Virginia. But she has thrown herself into the sport with her typical drive.