Opinion: Augusta National is unlikely host to social activists as sports world focuses on Georgia

AUGUSTA, Ga. – For the second time in three years, Augusta National Golf Club majestically elevated the profile of women’s amateur golf Saturday, doing its best to show a stodgy and often misogynistic sport what its future looks like, if it truly cares to notice.

By once again flinging open its doors for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur only nine years after it allowed women to become members, this storied club did more than showcase the game’s finest young talent. That certainly would have been enough, but unwittingly, it did more: it provided a significant platform for the social media opinions of several of these women on a range of subjects important to them and their peers, including Black Lives Matter, social justice and voting rights.

It has to be the first time Augusta National has ever hosted social activists of any kind and it certainly provides a stark contrast with what is likely coming Masters week as the eyes of the sports world turn to the very significant political and social issues percolating here in Georgia – and the predictable blank stares and no comments of the predominately white, rich, very conservative male golfers who will be playing here.

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