Saturday, November 23, 2002

Rick Telander says there's more than meets the eye with the Augusta controversy. For one thing, 56 percent of college students are female; women have made so much progress in society that now boys are lagging behind. For another, the two focal points of the story, Hootie Johnson and Martha Burk, come across as caricatures rather than people.

In fact, Johnson is actually an intelligent, fairly progressive, thoughtful person who has helped women's sports in many ways and even invited the University of South Carolina women's golf team to play at Augusta. But you never would know any of this from his statements in this debate. And Burk no doubt feels she is pursuing the right thing--fairness, equity, opportunity--as she hammers away at Augusta's men-only membership. But you don't sense that as much as you sense her relentlessness.

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