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Augusta Surprises Membership With Announcement of First Females

The news that Augusta National Golf Club had invited Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore to join Bill Gates and Warren Buffett as its newest members came as a surprise even to some who already have a green jacket.

The membership wasn’t told in advance of the two women being admitted, according to two longtime members who said they learned about it from the media. They weren’t identified because the club told members not to speak to the press. Existing members are typically notified of new members in a letter after they have been accepted.