Council Chief Executive responds to Muirfield vote
Published Tuesday 14th March 17
East Lothian Council Chief Executive Angela Leitch has welcomed the result of the ballot at Muirfield, which will allow women to become members of the club.
On 14 March 2017, members of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (HCEG), the world’s oldest golf club, voted in favour of women as Members of the Club. The result of the postal ballot of members was 498 votes (80.2%) in favour of change, 123 votes (19.8%) against. 621 votes were counted, a 92.7% turnout. The Club owns and plays at Muirfield.
“With the outcome of the ballot this time, the members of Muirfield have sent a out a clear message that participation in sport should be inclusive and that East Lothian – which is world renowned as Scotland’s Golf Coast – is a welcoming destination. Independent research has shown that hosting the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield generated a benefit of almost £70 million for the surrounding area. This welcomed decision paves the way for one of the world’s best-loved sporting events to return to the county in the future, drawing visitors to the area and benefitting the local economy.”
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