Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Augusta National

Disclosure:  the correlation between Augusta National Golf Club and women as members is used for semi-educational purposes only.  It does not, in any way, mean I am for or against women having a membership nor inferring that any woman mentioned herein has not worked hard for all she has achieved.

Glad that we got that all out of the way so you don’t start throwing golf balls at me.  Now I am not going to go and get all gender specific or turn pro golf on you, but this just reminds me of “trophyism” and another case of not letting some things just be as is.  Seriously, let some things just remain.  If you haven’t heard, the Augusta National Golf Club is a male only club since 1933.  Historically they have always given a membership to the CEO of the company that sponsors the Masters tourney.  This year, IBM’s CEO, Virginia Rometty is up for that membership.  There is a bit of a problem though, she is a woman.

I know there are protestors and many opinions, but boy oh girl just let some things be.  Depending on what generation you come from or your own unique experience you are going to have a different opinion.  Yet, Girl Scouts are just for girls and Boy Scouts are just for boys, right?  So why can’t Augusta National Golf Club be just for men?  Ladies, we have women only fitness clubs.  In unisex clubs we get our own designated “woman only” space void of men.  We get and have things and can become anything we want to be.  Yet, we sometimes wonder if chivalry is gone or if people work hard anymore.

I grew up in a time when girls and boys played on their own separate gender specific teams.  That when you wanted to go out for choir, the school play, cheerleading or sports you actually had to tryout.  You may not have made the cut but then you ran home crying to your parents.  They took you to pick out one of 31 flavors at Baskin Robbins and they told you to practice and try harder so you will make it next year.  Then you decided on your effort and your will to accomplish.

You Can't Always Get What You Want
Now as a parent, we can have girls and boys on the same teams.  Tryouts are limited to travel leagues only and EVERYONE gets a trophy at the end of the season.  So, what are we teaching our children, the next leaders of tomorrow?  You can do mediocre work but will still get rewarded?  Where is the emphasis on hard work and perseverance?  Sometimes you have to fail to succeed, right?  And sometimes you just have to let things be. 

Trophyism (as defined by me) – The practice of getting rewarded no matter how much effort (or lack there of) you have put into something and then being rewarded with a trophy of, everyone is a winner. 

Like women as members in male only golf clubs, not everyone gets a trophy.  There is always an alternative by either accepting what is or trying hard next time.  Let Girl Scouts sell cookies and Boy Scouts go camping.  I sure hope the board at Augusta National and Virginia Rometty can come with a mutually satisfying agreement.  She may not end up with the official trophy but hey, you can’t always get what you want! 

Just ask the Rolling Stones…

You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need

Artist: The Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What you Want”
(M. Jagger/K. Richards)


2 thoughts on “Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Augusta National”

  1. II am sure that back in ’33 the ANGC couldn’t imagine the possibility of a woman CEO. But whatever. As I scream through my 40’s these types of issues fit into my wine drinking category:
    I have drunk enought wine in my life to have now earned the right (read: high achiever award – not recognition trophy) to choose to put ice-blocks in it if I please. Don’t know if that makes any sense to anyone else out there but it is where I went straight away while reading your post. Participation is important and I think needs to be recognised as does excellence. Mediocrity – not so much. Lots of fun food for thought. Thx!

    1. I hear you. The phrase “we’ve come along way baby” might be playing through the minds of some when it somes to ANGC. I agree with you that participation should be recognized and effort! Perhaps a certificate of participation or a ribbon and then to the victor goes the trophy. I just am worried my children will not recognize the difference if everyone is on the same playing field! Thanks for participating and Cheers!

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