Transgender golfer Hailey Davidson fails Women’s U.S. Open qualifying by one spot

Transgender golfer Hailey Davidson missed the 79th US Women’s Open qualifying by one spot. She finished third in the 36-hole qualifier, where only the top two players qualified for the championship.

Davidson primarily competed on the NXXT Tour and scored 70 and 73 in the two rounds at Bradenton Country Club, bringing her total score to 1-over 143. She finished one stroke behind Pimpisa Sisutham of Thailand, who finished with an even-par 142 after two rounds.  

Amelie Zalsman of St. Petersburg, Florida, took the top spot on the leaderboard with scores of 66-75 for a total of 1-under 141. Davidson will serve as the first alternate for the US Women’s Open, with Jasmine Suwannapura of Thailand as the second alternate.  

The US Women’s Open is scheduled to take place from May 30 to June 2 at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania. 

Here’s the leaderboard for the US Women’s Open qualifier at Bradenton:

1. Amelie Zalsman (a): -1
2. Pimpisa Sisutham (a): E
T3. Hailey Davidson: +1
T3. Jasmine Suwannapura: +1
T3. Louise Olsson Campbell: +1
6. Molly Smith (a): +2
7. Jacqueline Putrino: +3
T8. Stephanie Connelly Eiswerth: +4
T8. Jackie Lucena (a): +4
T8. Gile Bite Starkute (a): +4
T8. Katelyn Huber (a): +4
T12. Ryleigh Knaub (a): +5
T12. Claire Vermette: +5
The US Women’s Open qualifying will take place until May 20 across the 23 sites including one each in Canada, Germany, and Japan.

Has Hailey Davidson won on the LPGA Tour?

Hailey Davidson has not achieved victory in the LPGA Tour, predominantly competing on the NXXT circuit.  

Earlier this year, she garnered attention for winning three times on the NXXT. Davidson was in the lead to secure a spot on the Epson Tour with hopes of earning an LPGA Tour card.   Unfortunately, her aspirations were dashed when NXXT implemented a rule in March stipulating that participants must be cisgender women, resulting in her disqualification.   

In 2010, the LPGA Tour removed its requirement for players to be female at birth, allowing transgender golfers like Davidson to compete.  

Three years ago, Davidson participated in the LPGA Tour Q-School but did not move forward.   In the following year, she failed to make the 54-hole cut on her second try. 

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