Friday, August 30, 2002

Boys' club

The Augusta National Golf Club is going to televise its Masters tournament commercial-free because it would rather not get any money from advertisers than allow a women's group to bend corporate sponsors' ears.

In a three-page reply, Johnson said that while the club had no policy prohibiting women from joining, its membership alone -- "not any outside group with its own agenda" -- would make decisions about its future.

Johnson's full name is Hootie Johnson. He's the club chairman. "Hootie." Just had to point that out.

(Full disclosure: Jen is, um, pretty tight with the reporter on this story.)

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