Take a look at the clip below, which I’m guessing is circa 1930s, but it really doesn’t matter.
It’s old and in black and white, grainy for sure, but still fun to pull out once in awhile for a laugh, not unlike a modern-day He Man Woman Haters Club, once renowned as the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at the Muirfield Golf Club, where the members have decided to not allow female members.
Not all of the Muirfield members are Little Rascals. The move to accept women members required a two-thirds majority vote and it almost happened, but in the end, it was 64 per cent in favour of allowing women in and 36 per cent against.
The R&A did what was right and took Muirfield out of the British Open rotation and the game itself should simply detach itself in every way possible from a club where apparently 36 per cent of its membership didn’t get invited to a birthday party as a kid or just thinks girls have cooties.
Muirfield is a private club and has every right to do what it’s doing, but it’s time to look on this situation in the same way as we do the video. Look back on it every once in awhile and laugh at how primitive the situation is, even in 2016.
Then, let it fade into obscurity.
Clubs such as Muirfield should be leading the way in bringing golf into the 21st century, but it’s only been recently that other clubs such as Augusta National and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club itself began welcoming women.
More battles are likely looming at places such as Troon, where this year’s Open Championship will be played, and the National here in Canada, and every time those wars are waged, it reflects on a game that needs both affordability and accessibility for everyone.
We all know the double-As don’t apply to clubs that are allegedly the top of the food chain and neither do practices and standards common to society today. Sure, Muirfield will likely relent, but this story will drag on and once it does, it will just pick up somewhere else.
It’s a never-ending story in golf at a time when society is dealing with new issues that press traditional conformity. If the acceptance of female members won’t go away in this day and age, what is to come will make this issue tame by comparison.
Baard From The Beard
With the May 2-4 long weekend upon us, Graham DeLaet is launching a new craft beer with Bomber Brewing called Prairie Baard – Blue Collar Draft and featuring malted barley and wheat from Saskatchewan and hops from the Pacific Northwest for a pine and citrus aroma.
The beer will be available across Saskatchewan and Alberta in the coming weeks with plans to go coast to coast in the near future.
The suds will be available at two Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority locations this week, including SLGA University Heights in Saskatoon and SLGA South Albert in Regina.
Also, DeLaet will be in hand for two kickoff events at SLGA University Heights next Wednesday and Sobey’s Royal Oak in Calgary on Thursday.
“Growing up in the prairies – drinking a good beer at the end of a long day was part of our culture,” said DeLaet.
“Working with our team on building a craft beer business has been a great experience. From the recipe to the overall Prairie Baard brand, I wanted to create something that was true to my roots, and reflected the values of hard working Canadians everywhere,” he added.
“Prairie Baard is not only a great tasting beer, but it is something that people will be proud to hold in their hand,” said DeLaet.