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Royal & Ancient asks members to back move to allow women to join St. Andrews

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FILE - This is a Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007 file photo of tournament winner and world number one Mexico's Lorena Ochoa as she tees off from the 18th with the St Andrews clubhouse in the background, during the Women's British Open golf tournament on the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews, Scotland. The Royal & Ancient could finally be allowing women to join one of the most influential golf clubs. The Daily Mail newspaper on Wednesday March 26, 2014 cited a letter from the R&A to its 2,500 members recommending they change the all-male membership policy at St. Andrews. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) (The Associated Press)

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club is asking its members to vote in favor of allowing women to join for the first time.

A statement from the R&A on Wednesday said the club will vote in September on a motion to admit female members. The club's committees are in favor of the rule changes and are asking the 2,4000 members to support it.

Pressure has been building on the R&A to changes its male-only policy, especially after Augusta National Golf Club last year invited two women to join at the home of the Masters. The British Open last year was held at Muirfield, which also has a male-only membership policy.

If the vote is favorable, women would be allowed to join the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

The R&A governs golf everywhere in the world except for the United States and Mexico. It also organizes the British Open and other championships. However, it shifted responsibility for the Open and administering the Rules of Golf to separate entity in 2004 known as The R&A.