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Historic Golf Club Royal & Ancient Votes to Admit Female Members

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    Historic Golf Club Royal & Ancient Votes to Admit Female Members
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    FILE - This is a Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007 file photo of tournament winner and world number one Mexico's Lorena Ochoa as she tees off from the 18th with the St Andrews clubhouse in the background, during the Women's British Open golf tournament on the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews, Scotland. The Royal & Ancient could finally be allowing women to join one of the most influential golf clubs.

    The Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews has voted overwhelmingly to admit female members for the first time.

    The club, exclusively for men since it was founded in Scotland 260 years ago, released a statement Thursday saying 85 percent of those who took part in the ballot voted in favor of allowing female members. The club has a worldwide membership of 2,500.

    Peter Dawson, secretary of the R&A, says "the membership has also acted to fast-track a significant initial number of women to become members in the coming months."

    The Royal & Ancient, whose famous clubhouse overlooks the Old Course at St. Andrews, allowed a vote by proxy for the first time.

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