WASHINGTON -- Martha Burk, chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, said Thursday she'll escalate her campaign to have women admitted to Augusta National Golf Club in the next two weeks. Burk plans another letter-writing campaign to about 30 prominent members, most of whom are corporate executives who haven't responded to her previous letter requesting their written positions on the issue.
"Stonewalling is not an effective strategy for a corporate CEO," Burk said. "I really don't think most of the guys we've written to are in disagreement with changing the policy. But they're willing to hide under their desks and let (other members) take the heat, and then not have to resign their memberships. We've decided to say that will not wash. You can either get out there and be a hero or be seen as someone who doesn't have the principles your public pronouncements might indicate."
In a wide-ranging interview Thursday at her Washington office, Burk also said she would never ask Tiger Woods or any other player to boycott the Masters. She also indicated it's unfair to singly criticize Woods for not taking a stand stronger than supporting the concept of a woman member at Augusta, when full members of the club such as prominent past champions Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer have steadfastly declined comment.
"I would tell Tiger and all the players that you need to take a moral stand here," Burk said.
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