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Trans Golfer Banned from Women’s Tour After Major Rule Change

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The NXXT women’s golf tour banned transgender golfer Hailey Davidson from competing, changing their policy mid-season after Davidson won a tournament in January.

As the second-ranked player, Davidson would have had a path to the LPGA.

“As we navigate through the evolving landscape of sports, it is crucial to uphold the competitive integrity that is the cornerstone of women’s sports,” NXXT Golf CEO Stuart McKinnon stated.

The tour CEO said upholding “protected categories” for biological females ensures a level playing field.

After conducting a poll of players, the tour ruled transgender women could not compete.

“Our revised policy is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to celebrating and protecting the achievements and opportunities of female athletes,” he said.

“Protected categories are a fundamental aspect of sports at all levels, and it is essential for our Tour to uphold these categories for biological females, ensuring a level playing field,” he said.

Davidson criticized the decision on social media, noting the LPGA allows transgender golfers and there is no evidence of dominance.

“Effective immediately, I have been removed (banned) from the next 3 NXXT tournaments that I already signed up for and been approved to play,” Davidson wrote online.

“They changed their policy mid season, after me signing up already and being 2nd in Player of the Year race,” he wrote.

“I would semi understand all the hate and threats if there were a ton of transgender women out there dominating at all levels but unfortunately that just isnt the case nor has it been since the policy went into place,” Davidson said.

Davidson said outright bans are unacceptable and criticism amounts to transphobia rather than concerns about fairness, as the guidelines ensure no advantage when strict enough.

“When the guidelines are strict enough, they do not allow for an advantage but at the same time, fully banning a group of people based in hypotheticals is far from okay and honestly the amount of hypotheticals I get asked is just laughable with what some people think can happen,” Davidson wrote.

“I’ve seen that it’s not about protecting women’s sports or me having an advantage, it’s just that you don’t like trans people,” Davidson said.

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