Violation: Augusta National Golf Club decide to discriminate.
Explanation: Ah, the sights, sounds, and tradition of Augusta National. Anybody who has any semblance with the sport of golf -- or sports in general for that matter -- has heard of the history and magnitude that surrounds the Masters. The first of four annual major golf championships, the Masters is held once a year at Augusta. For those who aren't familiar, the golf club opened its doors in 1933, but only to men -- at the time, this was not unheard of. Fast forward to today. It is customary for the tournament officials to offer invitations to their sponsor's officers, and this year, IBM's newly appointed CEO happens to be a woman, Virginia Rometty. Sadly, no formal invitation will be extended. Don't get me wrong -- I am all for tradition and history as much as the next guy, but only to a certain extent. In a country that prides itself on being open-minded to equality and social change, this is a major statement telling us otherwise. With precedent already set in other sporting events (i.e. The U.S. Open tennis tournament provided the rest of the world with a template by mandating equal prize money for both men and women), it's a shame that the decision makers at Augusta still didn't step up.
Punishment: With President Barack Obama visiting the tournament grounds on Friday, I expect an executive decision overruling what happened, or more accurately, what failed to happen. I just wish the men at Augusta had a little more foresight and a better understanding of the current age. With that being said, I hope women across the country are admitted to golf clubs from here on out. I'm man enough to say it: "girl power."
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