WATCH:

R&A allows postal vote on admitting women members

AP - Sports
R&A allows postal vote on admitting women members
.

View photo

FILE - This is a Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007 file photo of tournament winner and world number one Mexico's Lorena Ochoa as she tees off from the 18th with the St Andrews clubhouse in the background, during the Women's British Open golf tournament on the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews, Scotland. The Royal & Ancient could finally be allowing women to join one of the most influential golf clubs. The Daily Mail newspaper on Wednesday March 26, 2014 cited a letter from the R&A to its 2,500 members recommending they change the all-male membership policy at St. Andrews. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) -- The Royal & Ancient Golf Club will hold a postal vote on whether to admit women members for the first time.

The club announced Friday that it would allow members to vote by post rather than limiting the vote to members attending in person.

The club says ''by taking this decision all members can take part in this historic vote.''

Club rules previously required members to be present to vote. R&A secretary Peter Dawson said last week at the British Open that ''it's clear that the majority of R&A members feel that postal voting would be appropriate in this case.''

The result will be announced on Sept. 18.

The 260-year-old club has about 2,400 members around the world.

View Comments (1)