Transgender golfer’s attempt to qualify for US Women’s Open sparks outage on social media


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Hailey Davidson was named the primary alternate on Monday after ending third in U.S. Women’s Open qualifying behind Amelie Zalsman and Pimpisa Sisutham at Bradenton Nation Membership in Florida.

Davidson’s try to qualify for the ladies’s main as a transgender feminine sparked outrage on social media, resulting in blowback from LPGA golfer Dana Fall and others.

Fall responded to a publish from the Unbiased Council on Ladies’s Sports activities.

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Hailey Davidson competes within the NXXT Ladies’s Championship golf match at Rio Pinar, in Orlando Florida, on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. Davidson is a transgender golfer dealing with criticism from those that declare she is destroying golf. (Fox Information Digital)

“I’m undecided what the The U.S. WOMENS Open is anymore as a result of I don’t perceive what a girls (sic) is anymore,” Fall wrote on X, tagging america Golf Affiliation and its CEO Michael Whan.

Carilyn Johnson, who competed on the U.S. Nationwide 24 Hour operating group, fired a shot on the USGA as effectively.

“@USGA saying ‘If males can’t win within the male class, we help them enjoying within the girls’s class the place they’ve a greater shot, as a result of males ought to by no means have to just accept defeat. Ever,’” Johnson wrote.

The USGA didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information Digital’s request for remark.

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Dana Fall in Ohio

Dana Fall of america walks throughout the twelfth inexperienced in the course of the second spherical of the Kroger Queen Metropolis Championship introduced by P&G at Kenwood Nation Membership on Sept. 8, 2023 in Cincinnati. (Dylan Buell/Getty Photographs)

The group has a gender coverage. Golfers who transition from male to feminine can compete in girls’s occasions beneath sure situations.

“The participant has declared that her gender identification is feminine. Such declaration can’t be modified, for sporting functions, for no less than 4 (4) years.

“The participant will need to have undergone gender reassignment surgical procedure (i.e., a gonadectomy) previous to the entry deadline for that particular Championship.

“The participant will need to have undergone hormonal remedy and maintained testosterone ranges acceptable for the assigned intercourse in a verifiable method and for a enough size of time to reduce gender-related benefits in sport competitions, as decided by the USGA in session with its medical marketing consultant(s).”

The 2204 U.S. Ladies’s Open can be performed on the Lancaster Nation Membership in Pennsylvania.

USGA board in Pennyslvania

A view of the chief board as play winds down for the third spherical of the 2015 U.S. Ladies’s Open at Lancaster Nation Membership in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (David Hahn/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Photographs)

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Davidson competed on the NXXT Women’s Pro Tour however stopped competing after the group up to date its gender coverage.

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