On Sunday, transgender golfer Hailey Davidson reacted to backlash after winning earlier this week at a tournament on the NXXT Women’s Pro Golf Tour.
Davidson won the NXXT Women’s Classic in a playoff, writing on Instagram that the win meant the golfer is now in first place in the race to earn an Epson Tour exemption, a developmental tour of the LPGA Tour. The top 10 players of the Epson Tour graduate to the LPGA Tour.
Amid the backlash, Davidson posted on Instagram about the criticism.
“It’s crazy the amount of misinformed hatred I have received so far today,” Davidson wrote on an Instagram story. “All of these people (think) I hit it 300 yards or even 280 yards. How about 250 on a good day.”
Davidson leads the pack with 1,320 points. The scores have been tallied since November, and Davidson has two second place finishes and has placed in the top 10 in each of the five events the golfer has played in.
According to the LPGA website, more than 600 Epson Tour alumnae have earned LPGA Tour membership since its start in 1999. There are eight events left in the season, which will conclude with the Tour Championship at the Adena Golf & Country Club in Ocala, Florida.
Davidson, who was born in Scotland but now lives in Florida, participated in the Epson Tour Qualifying School in 2022 but did not qualify for the Epson Tour.
In 2010, the LPGA Tour removed its “female at birth” requirement. Davidson began hormone therapy in 2015 and underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2021, Golfweek reported in May 2021.
According to the outlet, Davidson last competed as a male in the U.S. Open local qualifying in 2015 at Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, Florida, losing in a 10-for-1 playoff.
Davidson thanked supporters on Wednesday.
“Most importantly though, thank you to absolutely everyone who has supported me from my fellow competitors to all of you that I may or may not have had the chance to meet yet,” Davidson wrote. “Thank you all for helping me wade through any hate and making me feel loved.”
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