Martha Burk: Augusta, IBM 'in bind'

February 29, 2012
Martha Burk: Augusta, IBM ‘in bind’

Martha Burk, who spearheaded a failed campaign 10 years ago to get Augusta National to admit a female member, said the golf club should “step up and do the right thing” and open its doors to IBM chief executive officer Virginia Rometty.

The past four chief executives of IBM — a longtime corporate sponsor of the Masters — have been members of the exclusive club. Rometty this year became the latest CEO of the computer giant.

A woman has never worn a member’s green jacket since Augusta National opened in 1933. And now, just seven days before the Masters, no less, the membership debate again is in full bloom.

For Lewis, Masters week pure fantasy

February 29, 2012
For Lewis, Masters week pure fantasy

For January, you could not have asked for a nicer day in Augusta, Ga. The sun was out, the temperature peaked around 70 degrees, the air smelled of the tall pine trees that frame one of the most famous golf courses in the world.

Randal Lewis had driven in through the front gate earlier that day, his first trip to Augusta National in 18 years, since he managed to score a practice round ticket to the Masters.

Now he was entering the hallowed ground as a competitor in the tournament, a surreal sentence for a 54-year-old amateur who will play in the Masters for the first time next week.