Hailey Davidson: Win for transgender golfer on NXXT Women’s Pro Tour prompts tests and player poll
Tuesday 23 January 2024
A transgender golfer is facing testosterone testing to verify their eligibility and will also be the subject of a player poll after winning a women’s event in Florida.
Hailey Davidson, who was born in Scotland but now lives in the United States, has been the target of criticism and has received death threats online after winning the NXXT Women’s Classic.
Davidson believes being born male no longer gives him any physiological advantages, but the response to the win prompted NXXT Golf chief executive Stuart McKinnon to seek the opinion of the circuit’s players and request that Davidson undergoes further testing.
“The recent discussions surrounding Hailey Davidson’s participation and success on our tour have highlighted a range of viewpoints,” McKinnon said in a statement on the Tour’s website.
“The NXXT Women’s Pro Tour acknowledges these perspectives while emphasizing that our policies and decisions are guided by the frameworks set by the LPGA and USGA.
“Our primary focus remains on supporting our players’ aspirations and contributing to their journey towards the LPGA.
“Recognizing the spectrum of views on this issue, we wish to highlight that our decisions are guided by what is best for our players, setting aside personal beliefs.
“Part of our commitment is ensuring an environment that is inclusive and safe for all members. In light of recent events, we have initiated a poll among our tour players to gather their opinions on our gender policy. We believe it is vital to consider the perspectives of those directly affected by these policies.
“Furthermore, in maintaining the integrity of our standards, we have requested Hailey Davidson to undergo additional testosterone testing to ensure compliance with the appropriate guidelines.”
Davidson told Golfweek he had closed X account after receiving several death threats, but that he did not object to the poll: “At this point, we’re trying anything to see if we can cool the fire down a little."
"The threats come with the territory, I suppose. Someone who is at home really frustrated with themselves trying to take it out on me. If I don’t laugh, I’m going to be miserable.”
Davidson began hormone treatments on September 24, 2015 and underwent gender reassignment surgery in January 2021.