After 80-years, Augusta National has announced it will admit Condoleezza Rice as one of its first two female members. Before today having U.S. Secretary of State on your resume couldn’t get you into one of the world’s most exclusive clubs if it meant you were a woman.
Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said,“This is a joyous occasion.” Payne’s comments are in contrast to that of prior chairman Hootie Johnson, who lost Masters television sponsorships in 2003 and 2004 for the club’s female membership refusal.
Along with Rice, South Carolina financier Darla Moore will wear the club’s famous green jackets when Augusta opens in October. Rice an avid golfer, was appointed to the U.S. Golf Association’s nominating committee in November 2010. The nominating committee is responsible for determining the 15-member Executive Committee in charge of all USGA decisions.
“I have visited Augusta National on several occasions and look forward to playing golf, renewing friendships and forming new ones through this very special opportunity,” Rice said. “I have long admired the important role Augusta National has played in the traditions and history of golf. I also have an immense respect for the Masters Tournament and its commitment to grow the game of golf, particularly with youth, here in the United States and throughout the world.”
Rice and Moore join Augusta notable members, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Tiger Woods.
After his mom told America her son only has time for one-night-stands Ryan Lochte maybe your next Bachelor. Lochte, who won two gold medals in London, revealed to Today Show’s Matt Lauer, “I’m definitely looking toward ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘The Bachelor,’ so we’ll see what happens.” Lochte, who wants to move to LA, has not been shy about his TV aspirations, already starring in a Funny or Die parody and slated to appear on 90210.
But Lochte isn’t just interested in the Bachelor for the screen time, before the Olympics, the 28-year old told the New York Times, ”I’m over the whole college scene.” Because when you are two years shy of 30 and can’t find true love on a college campus turn to reality TV.
All eyes are on Team USA swimmer Lauren Perdue who will swim the first leg of the 4×200 women’s freestyle relay… including LeBron James. James asked Perdue to dinner when the men’s basketball team visited Olympic Village before the games.
Perdue confirmed the rumored meeting saying, “He did. He was kind of joking but he was basically like, ‘Would you like to come eat with me at the dining hall?’ And I said, ‘Um, I’m sorry, I have a curfew. So I turned that one down, yeah.”
The 2009 Beijing gold medalist is engaged to his high school sweetheart and baby mama Savannah Brinson. James joins teammate Kobe Bryant to be in the news for their game off the court. Earlier this week, pictures surfaced of Kobe Bryant shirtless with female fans at an Olympic after party in Barcelona. The pictures caused Bryant’s estranged wife Vanessa to almost cancel plans to attend the London Games.
Evander Holyfield is a World Champion boxer and bronze medalist at the ’84 games, but the Today Show did not know who Holyfield was and interviewed him as a fan in front of Buckingham palace. Holyfield gave up his identity on Twitter saying : “The @todayshow did interview me yesterday and ur right they didn’t mention who I was.”