Protests Long Gone, Augusta's Focus on Golf

Protests Long Gone, Augusta's Focus on Golf

Ten years ago, in a sodden, ant-infested vacant lot a half-mile from the main gate of the Augusta National Golf Club, the most serious protest of the club’s all-male membership hit its high water mark.

The unkempt, grassy parcel played host to a small but celebrated demonstration led by the women’s rights advocate Martha Burk. It was also attended by an Elvis Presley impersonator, a one-man Ku Klux Klan group and dozens of television cameras that recorded every speech and shouting match.

On Wednesday, as Augusta National prepared to host its first Masters tournament with female club members roaming the grounds, the former protest site along Washington Road was a club-owned parking lot.

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