The membership that turned most recognized with the difficulty of refusing ladies as members has been “immensely supportive” of championship preparations.
“We couldn’t have had extra dedication and enthusiasm,” stated the R&A’s director company communcations Karen Myers on the championship launch on Monday.
The R&A are “thrilled” with the way in which the Honourable Firm of Edinburgh Golfers have embraced their historic internet hosting of the AIG Ladies’s Open at Muirfield this August.
“Round 150 members of the membership have volunteered to assist through the week. We’ve been working for 2 years with the clubhouse and course administration groups.
“There’s real pleasure among the many membership members, and in addition the gamers who will expertise the course in competitors for the primary time.”
Muirfield’s 250-year ban on ladies members lastly ended after a factious course of in 2017. Criticism of the coverage had escalated after the Open Championship of 2013 and an preliminary vote which rejected a change to a blended membership in 2016.
That led to the course being faraway from the R&A’s pool of Open venues. It was reinstated after the approval of ladies members, and the membership was awarded the 2022 AIG Ladies’s Open a 12 months later.
There are actually 20 ladies members of the membership.
The choice to go to Muirfield was a part of the R&A’s technique to lift the profile of the ladies’s championship. That’s álso seen the overall prizefund double within the house of 5 years to an anticipated $6.8 million this August.
“Our imaginative and prescient is to create a world-class championship for the world’s greatest ladies gamers,” stated Myers. “Those that had been at Carnoustie final 12 months can have skilled a few of that.
“The welcome, the set-up, all the pieces the Honourable Firm have dedicated to because the day we requested to deliver the championship right here has been all the pieces we might have wished for. “We’re all ready that we’ve transferring and looking out ahead. Those that wish to dwell on historical past will achieve this.
“The historical past of the Honourable Firm is now actually their artefacts and the great story of golf they’ve right here.
“Everybody who’s on the championship will expertise what’s on provide right here. They may really feel nothing however the incredible dedication the membership have.”