British Open host Royal St. George’s to allow female members

SANDWICH, England (AP) — 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.