Transgender golfer Hailey Davidson reacted to the backlash over her victory earlier within the week at a event on the NXXT Ladies’s Professional Golf Tour.
Davidson gained the NXXT Ladies’s Traditional in a playoff. Davidson wrote on Instagram the win put her in first place within the race to earn an Epson Tour exemption. The Epson Tour is the developmental tour of the LPGA Tour. The highest 10 gamers of the Epson Tour graduate to the LPGA Tour.
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Amid the backlash, Davidson posted on her Instagram Tales concerning the criticism.
“It’s loopy the quantity of misinformed hatred I’ve obtained to this point in the present day,” Davidson wrote. “All of those individuals (assume) I hit it 300 yards and even 280 yards. How about 250 on a very good day.”
Davidson leads the pack with 1,320 factors. Courting again to November, Davidson additionally has two second-place finishes and has completed within the prime 10 in every of the 5 occasions she’s performed.
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In accordance with the LPGA web site, greater than 600 Epson Tour alumnae have earned LPGA Tour membership since its begin in 1999. There are eight occasions left in NXTT’s season, concluding with the Tour Championship on the Adena Golf & Nation Membership in Ocala, Florida.
Davidson, who was born in Scotland however now lives in Kissimmee, Florida, participated within the Epson Tour Qualifying College in 2022 however did not qualify for the Epson Tour.
The LPGA Tour eliminated its “feminine at start” requirement in 2010. Davidson started hormone remedy remedies in 2015 and underwent gender reassignment surgical procedure in 2021, Golfweek reported in Might 2021. In accordance with the outlet, Davidson final competed as a male at U.S. Open native qualifying in 2015 at Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, Florida.
On Wednesday, Davidson thanked supporters.
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“Most significantly although, thanks to completely everybody who has supported me from my fellow rivals to all of you that I could or could not have had the possibility to fulfill but,” Davidson wrote. “Thanks all for serving to me wade by any hate and making me really feel cherished.”
Fox Information’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.
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