Royal Troon to hold vote on permitting women members

Open Championship hosts Royal Troon Golf Club will hold a special general meeting on July 1 to give its membership the chance to allow women to join, a decision made after "a large majority" backed the move in a recent survey.

The organisation believes permitting women members will help the club reflect modern society.

Royal Troon's move comes after members of Muirfield rejected a similar proposal, with the course subsequently dropped from The Open rota by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

"Following our consultation with members, the committee of Royal Troon Golf Club is moving to convene a Special General Meeting on the 1st July, at which we will propose that the Constitution of the Club is changed to allow women members to join on exactly the same basis as the men," a statement from club captain Martin Cheyne read.

"Recently we spoke about the need for our club to reflect the modern society in which we exist and I am pleased that a large majority of members who responded to our survey agree and support opening the club to women."

Troon is preparing to hold The Open for the ninth time in its history, with the vote on women members coming 13 days before the start of this year's major championship.

"Looking ahead to the Open Championship, we want Scotland to be proud of Royal Troon Golf Club and the Ladies' Golf Club, Troon as we jointly host this most prestigious competition in front of a worldwide audience," added Cheyne.

"That is why we are moving quickly to a Special General Meeting and to have these matters resolved as swiftly as possible following our consultation. We will make a further statement after that meeting."

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