Augusta National chairman touts work in community as answer to boycott question
Article originally written by Brian Mull, Summarized by The Alliance for Fort Gordon
Published April 8, 2021
Augusta National Golf Club doesn’t intend to make a proclamation on the Georgia Voting Law, chairman Fred Ridley said Wednesday morning in his annual State of the Masters address.
Responding to calls for a boycott or to follow the recent decisions of certain corporations and Major League Baseball, Ridley said he and everyone at Augusta National believe the right to vote is fundamental to a democratic society, no one should be disadvantaged in exercising that right and it is critical that all citizens have confidence in the electoral process.
“We realize that views and opinions on this law differ, and there have been calls for boycotts and other punitive measures. Unfortunately, those actions often impose the greatest burdens on the most vulnerable in our society,” Ridley said. “And in this case, that includes our friends and neighbors here in Augusta who are the very focus of the positive difference we are trying to make.”