Troon’s new vote; Murray; Hibs latest
A special general meeting has been called for 1 July in a move clearly designed to avoid the sort of rumpus that has damaged Muirfield where members last month voted to retain their exclusion on women.
A survey at Troon indicated that 75% of the male membership supported change.
Club captain Martin Cheyne said: “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.
“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.”
After a tough opening and the loss of the first set, Murray gradually imposed himself on the rain-delayed match, winning 5-7, 7-6, 6-0, 6-2.
Afterwards he said that winning the second set was vital after a tough start.
“There were some fun points to watch – drop shots and plenty of variety. We both had our chances and it was important to win the second. It would have been tough to come back,” he said.
As for his next opponent, he said: “Stan’s played great tennis and is the defending champion. It’s going to be extremely tough. We haven’t played each other for a while. Hopefully, I can play my best and reach my first final here.”
Football: Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has emerged as one of the favourites to replace Alan Stubbs as Hibernian manager.
Stubbs signed a three-year deal to take over at Rotherham United and the list of those who might replace him at Easter Road includes Owen Coyle, John Hughes and John Collins. Alex McLeish has ruled himself out.