Home Of The Masters Has Checkered Past Regarding Race, Gender
As the golf world descends on Augusta National for the Masters Tournament, the host club carries a criticized legacy on race and gender.By Carter Woodiel | April 9, 2016
It's that time of year again for golf fans. The Masters Tournament is in full swing at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. But as Augusta plays host to the biggest tournament in the sport, it's carrying a checkered past regarding race and gender.
You can start by looking at when the Masters was integrated. Lee Elder, the first black golfer in Masters history, teed off in 1975, nearly 28 years after Jackie Robinson made his debut in Major League Baseball.
Before then, African-Americans had been relegated to the role of caddie when walking the course at Augusta. Club co-founder Clifford Roberts once quipped, "As long as I'm alive, all the golfers will be white, and all the caddies will be black."