It’s 2022, and everything is upside down. The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is giving one of its first stage competition spots to a biological male who last competed as a man in 2015.
At least in this case, the biological male in question appears to have undergone genital mutilation to become a “woman.” That, however, does not negate the biological advantage Hailey Davidson will have against actual women.
A biological male golfer who identifies as transgender is poised to receive a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour card after transitioning just last year.
According to the Daily Mail, Hailey Davidson, 29, would be the first ‘transgender woman’ to win the title after beating much of the competition in the first two qualifying rounds of the LPGA and Epson Tour Qualifying School in Palm Springs this week.
Davidson shot a 70 in the first round at the Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert California, on Thursday, and hit a 76 during the second round on Friday, Fox News reported. LPGA rules states that any player who shoots under 88 after all three rounds will earn a 2023 Epson Tour Status, the official qualifying tour for the LPGA.
Competing against 310 women, Davidson is tied at 59th place and appears to be in a good position to pass the first stage and move onto Stage II in October against the top 100 players.
Fox News has more on Davidson:
Davidson, who was born in Scotland but lives in Florida, shot a 70 in the first round at the Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert, California, Thursday, finishing tied for 59th. Davidson shot a 76 the following day after bogeying on holes 6, 8, 13, 15, and 17.
. . . . Davidson began hormone therapy treatments in 2015 and underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2021, Golfweek reported in May 2021. According to the outlet, Davidson last competed as a male at U.S. Open local qualifying in 2015 at Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, Florida.
The LPGA Tour removed its “female at birth” requirement in 2010, according to an ESPN report at the time.
You can watch Davidson in this segment from May 2021, if you are so inclined.DONATE
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