Holy Hootie! Our Long National Nightmare Is Over: Augusta Admits Its First Two Women-Americans!

Doug Ferguson of AP breaks the news on Twitter and with an AP story that earned "news alert" status. It's a story we should have read about, oh, a decade ago. But better late than never!

Even better, chairman Billy Payne, who does not talk about issues related to members, wisely chose to do so by calling this a "joyous occasion."

"These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership," Payne said in a statement. "It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall. This is a significant and positive time in our club's history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family."

First Darla Moore's bio from Wikipedia:

Darla Dee Moore (born August 1, 1954, Lake City, South Carolina) is a partner of the private investment firm Rainwater, Inc, and is married to Richard Rainwater, who founded the firm.

She is a pioneering woman in the banking industry and a benefactor to many institutions in her home state of South Carolina.

Apparently Darla is not a fan of T. Boone Pickens.

But Hootie, she's big in South Carolina! And she's a big Republican! I know, I know, it's hard but Hootie, just give it time. She won't give you cooties, I promise!

Oh, and we all know Condi.

Condoleezza Rice (kɒndəˈliːzə/; born November 14, 1954) is an American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, and was the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Bush. Rice was the first female African-American secretary of state, as well as the second African American (after Colin Powell), and the second woman (after Madeleine Albright). Rice was President Bush's National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position. Before joining the Bush administration, she was a professor of political science at Stanford University where she served as Provost from 1993 to 1999. Rice also served on the National Security Council as the Soviet and East European Affairs Advisor to President George H.W. Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and German reunification.