posted on Nov, 3 2004 @ 01:52 PM
Mianne Bagger on Wednesday became the first transsexual golfer to qualify for the Ladies European Tour.
The 37-year-old Dane shot a 5-over-par 77 to finish tied for ninth after four rounds in qualifying school at the Riva dei Tessali golf club.
"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," Bagger said. "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 made history at the women's Australian Open last March, becoming the first transsexual to play in a pro golf tournament.
The Ladies European Tour changed its rules earlier this year to eliminate the "female at birth" in its membership policy. The rule change put the golf
tour in line with the International Olympic Committee regulations on transgender athletes.
Mirian Nagl of Germany topped the qualifying school, finishing at 3-under 285 after a round of 1-under 71 on Wednesday.