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British Open host Royal St. George's votes to allow female members for 1st time

FILE - This is a Sunday, July 17, 2011 file photo of Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke as he holds up the Claret Jug trophy on the 18th green as he celebrates winning the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England. One of the three clubs on the British Open rota with a male-only membership policy has voted to allow female members for the first time. Royal St. George's, which last hosted golf's oldest major in 2011, said on Wednesday March 4, 2015 more than 81 percent of the club's full members took part in a ballot, and 90 percent voted in favor of women being eligible for membership. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

FILE - This is a Sunday, July 17, 2011 file photo of Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke as he holds up the Claret Jug trophy on the 18th green as he celebrates winning the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England. One of the three clubs on the British Open rota with a male-only membership policy has voted to allow female members for the first time. Royal St. George's, which last hosted golf's oldest major in 2011, said on Wednesday March 4, 2015 more than 81 percent of the club's full members took part in a ballot, and 90 percent voted in favor of women being eligible for membership. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

One of the three clubs on the British Open rota with a male-only membership policy has voted to allow female members for the first time.

Royal St. George's, which last hosted golf's oldest major in 2011, says more than 81 percent of the club's full members took part in a ballot and 90 percent voted in favor of women being eligible for membership.

The resolution to alter the club's rules on membership was passed following a general meeting on Feb. 14.

Royal St. George's club secretary Tim Checketts tells The Associated Press "it is extremely good news going forward."

Royal Troon and Muirfield are the other host clubs of the British Open to have male-only memberships.