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Newz Forum: GOLF: Transgender golfer barred from women's tournament

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posted on Jul, 18 2004 @ 05:10 PM
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A golfer who was born a hermaphrodite was banned from a woman's tournament because her birth certificate lists her gender as male.

Instead, 40-year-old Danielle Swope will play in Saturday's qualifier for the Fort Wayne Men's City Tournament.

"I have respect for the men for at least giving me the opportunity to play. The women I don't have any respect for," Swope said in The Journal Gazette on Sunday.

Swope said she was born in Meridian, Miss., with both male and female reproductive organs and underwent gender-reassignment operations to become completely female.

But her Mississippi birth certificate states she was born male. The Fort Wayne Women's Golf Association said that was why Swope could not play in the Women's City Golf Tournament. Swope, who took up golf about two years ago, also was barred from last year's tournament.

"I feel sorry for her all around," said Linda Franze, president of the Fort Wayne Women's Golf Association. "I can't imagine what she's going through. But there are rules and they apply to all of us."

The LPGA Tour, U.S. Golf Association and the Ladies European Tour have policies that players must be female at birth. The Indiana PGA and the Indiana Women's Golf Association adopted similar rules last fall after Swope entered the Indiana Women's Open.

Swope, 5-foot-4 and 160 pounds, said she was raised a boy but underwent a series of operations to make her completely female from 1995-97. She legally changed her name from Daniel Swope to Danielle Swope in 1996.

posted on Jul, 18 2004 @ 07:36 PM
hmm, difficult situation, but if she doesn't have her testicles anymore, she's not producing testosterone, so ther eshould be no problem...

posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 07:34 PM
Let me see if I understand this correctly. When a woman wants to golf with men it should be allowed, and all who oppose are chauvinists. When a hermaphrodite with all woman parts wants to golf with women, well, rules are rules. Just kind of unfair i'd say.

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