Return to the Golf Today Home Page All the latest golf news Coverage of all the worlds major tours For all your golfing needs Golf Course Directory Out on the course Golf related travel Whats going on, message board, links and more!
 
Worldwide Feature Articles
 
Top Stories
PGA: Stephen Ames coasts to six shot win
PGA: Tiger Woods ends difficult week with 75
Euro: Van de Velde ends 13 year victory wait
Stephen Ames vaults to World No. 27
Boost for the Philippine Open
Tiger Woods misses practice to be with father

Mianne Bagger creates history on the LET

Denmark's Mianne Bagger made history on Wednesday when she became the first transsexual to qualify for the Ladies European Tour (LET).

The 37-year-old, who was born a male but underwent sex change surgery in 1995, carded a fourth-round 77 at Riva dei Tessali Golf Club in Taranto to join 35 other players with full exemption for next year's tour.

Bagger, who grew up in Australia, finished on four-over-par 292 -- seven strokes behind LET qualifying school winner Miriam Nagl of Germany.

"It's been a long week and tough for many reasons, but I'm naturally delighted to be able to finally fulfil my childhood ambition," three-times South Australian amateur champion Bagger told reporters.

"I sold up everything that I owned in Australia to fund this year and I have nothing but friends and family, but now I feel rich."

Bagger, who turned professional in August last year, became eligible to qualify for the LET after the tour brought its membership regulations in line with International Olympic Committee regulations on trans-gender athletes.

She becomes the first high-profile transsexual to qualify for a professional sports tour since American tennis player Renee Richards, previously Richard Raskind, competed on the WTA tour during the 1970s.

This years news archive | Email this page to a friend | Return to top of page