A Canadian golfer is hoping to become the first transgender woman to compete in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
As Postmedia News' Randy Boswell reports via the Montreal Gazette, 62-year-old Bobbi Lancaster says her top priority is to qualify for the best professional women's golf tour in the world. Although she won a senior women's tournament after her gender reassignment surgery in 2010, Lancaster says she received heavy criticism from her opponents, and is too strong to be competing at that level.
"Even though the (female) hormones have knocked me down -– and they have knocked me down, because I don’t have the same muscle mass or strength –- I’ve still got too much game, too much strength," Lancaster, who is reportedly a dual Canadian-American citizen, told Boswell. "I can still overpower a 61-year-old woman. And I don’t get any jollies out of doing that.”
Lancaster's declaration follows that of Fallon Fox, who earlier this month came out as the first transgender female athlete to compete in mixed martial arts. Although FFox is currently scheduled to fight again for the Championship Fighting Alliance 10 in Coral Gables, Fla. on April 20, her license approval came under investigation with Florida's Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation after she revealed she was transgender, according to Sports Illustrated.
The odds could very well be in Lancaster's favor. As The Republic points out via AZ Central, LPGA players voted to remove a so-called "female at birth" requirement several years ago.
She also seems to understand her quest has great implications for the transgender community at large, too.
"We're not kooks," Lancaster told AZ Central. "We're not abnormal. We're not sinful. I could be your brother, your doctor. I could be your spouse."