Biological man is in contention for LPGA qualifying school after first round – OutKick

The LPGA could soon find itself with a biological man holding a Tour card if transgender golfer Hailey Davidson can stay warm at the school pro women’s golf qualifying tournament.

Davidson, who has won three professional tournaments including one that brought in $550, finished the first round of the LPGA and Epson Tour Qualifying School Stage 1 (watch the score here) at 2 under (70). That puts Davidson in a great position against 310 biological women trying to qualify to compete for an LPGA card at December’s Q-Series tournament.

Under rules set by the LPGA, players who complete three rounds without a score of 88 or higher will earn a spot on the 2023 Epson Tour, which is the LPGA’s version of the PGA’s Korn Ferry Tour. If a player shoots an 88, that player is automatically dropped from qualifying and the dream of earning a salary playing golf is over.

The top 100 players, according to GolfWeek, who come out of Stage 1 will advance to Stage II in October.

Biological male Hailey Davidson is 2 under (T59) after the first round of the LPGA Qualifying School Tournament / Instagram

“I know I have what it takes to rub shoulders with professional golfers on the LPGA/PGA/Champions Tour over the past few years and stay very competitive with them all. While I know I have the talent and the mental game to pursue a career in the game, the upfront cost of tournaments and training fees is what is really holding me back, Davidson wrote in 2021 as he attempted to raise funds for a qualifying school.

In a 2021 tournament, Davidson finished three strokes behind Paula Creamer, who has 10 career LPGA wins, including the 2010 US Women’s Open title.

Now locked down and burdened with a full year of preparation, Davidson wants that full-time status on the LPGA and nothing stands in the way of it, especially touring legislation which in 2010 removed a “female” requirement. at birth” which completely opens the door for Davidson, who has spent this year competing on the East Coast Women’s Pro Golf Tour.

LPGA Tour Transgender Golfer Qualifying School

Davidson has cashed several checks this season on the ECGT. In January, there was a salary of $2,250; In March, there was a check for $2,000. The biological women lose money to Davidson, who doesn’t seem bothered by it at all.

There is a mission here, according to the golfer.

“I know what I can do in professional sports can hopefully give people some sense to stop hurting these (trans) kids,” Davidson told OutSports.com. “Making money on a golf course is great and all, but what’s really important are the lives of the people affected by it. I’m going to find a way to make sure every one of those laws is gone. before I leave this earth.

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