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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Transsexual drives off to score a first on the golf course

Guardian Unlimited
Paul Kelso, sports correspondent
Wednesday November 3, 2004

Golf is not a sport renowned for being at ease with gender issues. Many of the game's great clubs refuse to admit women, and the occasional inclusion of women in men's professional tournaments has caused consternation from Arran to Augusta.

It comes as something of a surprise then to discover that this most conservative of sports is about to embrace its first full-time transsexual professional. Barring disasters, Mianne Bagger, 39, raised in Australia but based in Denmark, will today become the first transsexual woman to qualify to play full-time on the Ladies' European Tour.

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