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Muirfield to hold fresh ballot on women members

MuirfieldMuirfield Golf Club is to hold a new ballot on allowing women to become members.

The East Lothian club, which was widely derided after voting to reject women six weeks ago, said a fresh vote should take place before the end of the year.

Among those who criticised the decision was the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and golfer Rory McIlroy.

A statement issued today by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers confirming the new vote comes six weeks after the club’s committee failed to secure the two-thirds support it required to admit women.

The verdict led the R&A governing body to drop Muirfield from its rota for the Open Championship, where it has been held 16 times, most recently in 2013.

Muirfield will go back to the membership at a Special General Meeting to seek permission to hold a fresh postal ballot before the end of the year.

Club captain Henry Fairweather said: “A substantial majority of our members voted for change and many have voiced their disappointment with the ballot result and with subsequent events.

“The Club Committee believes that a clear and decisive vote in favour of admitting women as members is required to enable us to begin the task of restoring the reputation of the Club that has been damaged by the earlier ballot outcome.”

The announcement comes ahead of a meeting on Friday at Royal Troon, venue for next month’s Open, which is likely to confirm the admission of women.

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