Masters golf: 12 women candidates for Augusta National membership

The Augusta National Golf Club has steadfastly refused to alter its all-male membership. But circumstances may soon cause the gender barrier to break, and if it does there are several women who might be good fits for the club.

Melinda Gates

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    Melinda French Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, in this 2007 file photo.
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Yes, this is the Melinda Gates of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation fame. The more athletic spouse, she has run the Seattle Marathon and climbed to the top of Mount Ranier.  She also has gotten her husband, the chairman of Microsoft, interested in playing golf.  There have been reports she’s interested in getting into the golf apparel business for women when not keeping tabs on the couple’s $37 billion philanthropic foundation.

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