Gender Policy For The United States Golf Association
In March 2005, the United States Golf Association announced the adoption of a new
gender policy for its Championships. The policy is referred to in the Conditions
of Competition set forth in the Eligibility section of entry applications for all
relevant USGA Championships beginning with the 2006 Championship season. The policy
sets forth the procedures by which a transgendered player may participate in a USGA
Championship. The policy seeks to assure fair competition for all entrants in a
II. PROOF OF GENDER
In any USGA Championship in which it is required that a player is a specific gender
(male or female), the player must identify himself or herself during the entry application
process as a person of that particular gender. Failure to provide proof of gender
when gender has been reassigned, and to comply with the process and procedures set
forth in this policy, may result in disqualification from the Championship. In the
event that a player has had gender reassignment surgery at any point after puberty,
that player must provide certain documentation to the USGA in accordance with the
procedures set forth below. Gender reassignment prior to puberty is not subject
to these requirements.
III. PREREQUISITE FOR ELIGIBILITY
A player who has had gender reassignment must have had a gonadectomy no less than
two years prior to the entry deadline for that specific Championship.
IV. PROCEDURES & DOCUMENTATION FOR SUBMITTING PROOF OF GENDER-FIRST TIME
- As set forth in the Championship entry application, each applicant must comply
with this policy and these procedures. Eligibility to play in a USGA Championship
will only be evaluated in connection with a player who has submitted an entry application
to play in that USGA Championship. The specific USGA Championship must be identified
in writing with the accompanying documentation specified below.
Gender reassignment documentation must be submitted in triplicate via overnight
or first class mail in an envelope marked "Confidential" and addressed to Chief
Legal Officer, United States Golf Association, 77 Liberty Corner Road, Far Hills,
New Jersey 07931 and received at the USGA no later than five (5) days after the
close of entries for the specific Championship. The documentation, which will be
reviewed by the USGA's medical panel, must include the following:
- identification of physician who conducted pre-operative psychiatric evaluation,
including name, address and phone number;
hospital records confirming completed surgical gonadectomy;
all office records documenting related follow-up treatment;
executed waiver allowing members of USGA medical panel to contact all treating
physicians if deemed necessary (click to download).
In the event that hospital records have been purged or lost, or are other otherwise
unobtainable, a current physical examination performed by a physician experienced
in this type of surgery, a report from that physician, and the documentation referenced
in (i) and (iii) above, will be considered and reviewed.
V. PROCEDURE FOR APPLICANTS WHO HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY APPROVED UNDER THIS POLICY
If eligibility for entry in a USGA Championship has been previously approved under
this policy, subsequent USGA Championship entry applications, whether in the initial
or subsequent years, will be accepted without the documentation required in Section
IV, paragraph B.
VI. ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS
If questions relating to a player's compliance with this policy arise, either prior
to or after commencement of a competition, or after a competition has been completed,
the USGA may contact the player for verification, and request that the player provide
appropriate documentation in accordance with this policy. A player has seven (7)
days after receipt of such a request within which to provide the required documentation
to the USGA at the above referenced address. If the competition has commenced, a
player may be permitted to continue in the Championship until a determination has
been made on the player's eligibility in accordance with this policy. If it is determined
that the player should be disqualified, any award, prize and/or ranking arising
from participation in the Championship shall be forfeited. The player shall not
be banned from future Championships so long as the player satisfies the requirements
of this policy in connection with future Championships.
Questions regarding the process and procedures can be addressed to Chief Legal Officer
at (908) 234-2300.
The USGA will maintain such information and documentation in confidence, with only
counsel, the USGA medical panel, the Chairman of the Championship Committee, and
limited USGA staff members having access to such information and documentation.
If the player wants the USGA to release to any golf association or other similar
entity information confirming that the player has followed the procedures of this
policy and was deemed eligible to play in a particular USGA Championship, the player
must 1) execute the
USGA's Authorization for Release of Information and 2) forward the executed Authorization for Release
of Information to the USGA, 77 Liberty Corner Road, Far Hills, N.J. 07931, to the
attention of Chief Legal Officer in an envelope marked "Confidential".
The USGA expressly disclaims any ability to limit or prevent third party inquiries
made directly to the player or to others. In the event that a third party, (other
than one specified by the player in accordance with the provisions noted above)
including media representatives, makes an inquiry with respect to a particular player's
eligibility to play in a particular Championship, the USGA will respond simply that
the player was deemed eligible to compete in the Championship.
Release of Medical Information (PDF - 53KB)
Release of Information (PDF - 53KB)
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