Professional Disc Golf Effectively Bans Transgender Players From Competing In Women’s Division – OutKick
, 2022-12-13 10:03:01,
In a stunning development that very few saw coming, the Professional Disc Golf Association announced Monday that transgender players will effectively be banned from playing in the women’s division.
This news comes after biological male disc player Natalie Ryan began to dominate the women’s division this summer and climbed all the way to a No. 5 world ranking in the women’s division.
It appears Ryan’s run, which had been profitable — $9,000 for winning a tournament in Massachusetts — is officially over based on the new rules which go into effect January 1, 2023. Based on the new rules PDGA announced Monday, the Disc Golf Pro Tour announced it will follow the new transgender rules at pro major events where Ryan was starting to destroy biological females.
“Players who were assigned male gender at birth are eligible to compete in the gender-based FPO division at PDGA Pro Majors only if the criteria in C.3 is met,” the PDGA writes in its new gender-based division policy.
Criteria C.3 now reads:
- Players are only eligible to compete in the gender-based FPO division at PDGA Pro Majors (Champions Cup, USWDGC, European Open, and Pro Worlds) if they began medical transition during Tanner Stage 2 or before age 12, whichever is later. The player must also continuously maintain a total testosterone level in serum below 2.0 nmol/L.
According to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Tanner Stage 2 for males begins at around 11.5 years of age when “the testes and penis begin to increase in size.”
Based on these new rules, biological male Natalie Ryan, who won the women’s 2021 U.S. Distance Championship, will no longer qualify as a female competitor at professional disc golf major competitions.
Monday, Ryan released a statement on the news and it sounds like the trans community is about to unleash its wrath on the disc golf bros.
“Time for the fight of my life to kick off, I will absolutely not take this sitting down. Stay tuned for what’s to come,” Ryan said on Instagram.
“I’m incredibly saddened…
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