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With historic vote on female membership approaching R&A considers unprecedented postal vote

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club could make history even before it votes in September to have female members.

R&A secretary Peter Dawson said the club is deciding whether to allow members to vote by proxy, something he said has never been done in club history. Dawson says there is a strong view in the club that voting by mail should be allowed.

Dawson announced last month that the R&A would vote Sept. 18 whether to allow female members for the first time in its 260-year history.

The R&A has about 2,400 members around the world. Club rules say members must be present to vote. The R&A says in a statement Monday that members have indicated they want to take part in such an historic vote.