Times Golf Reporter Crouse Wants to 'Make a Stand,' Refuse to Cover Sexist Masters Tournament
Sorry, Masters golf tournament, you may be the most prestigious tournament in the sport, but you don't meet the exacting standards of feminist activist/golf writer Karen Crouse: "High-ranking players with daughters are not willing to talk about it. Somebody has to make a stand. Why not me in my own little way?”
The New York Times reporter is not done with her crusade against Augusta National. After excoriating the club's all-male membership policy in both a column and news story yesterday, the opening day of The Masters, Crouse told Golf.com's Damon Hack that she did not want to cover the tournament again until a woman was admitted to the club.
New York Times golf writer Karen Crouse is ready to say enough is enough.
She does not want to cover the Masters again unless a woman is admitted into Augusta National’s all-male membership.
“If it were left to me, which it seldom is in the power structure of writer versus editor, I’d probably not come cover this event again until there is a woman member,” Crouse said Thursday. “More and more, the lack of a woman member is just a blue elephant in the room.”
“I love the [Masters] tournament for the reasons the players do -- the course is beautiful, the history is abundant,” Crouse said. “But I find it harder and harder to get past one thing that’s missing. [PGA Tour commissioner] Tim Finchem is not making a stand. High-ranking players with daughters are not willing to talk about it. Somebody has to make a stand. Why not me in my own little way?”
Times readers may remember the paper's embarrassing crusade against Augusta National's all-male membership back in 2003.