USGA Adopts New Gender Policy For All Its Championships
Far Hills, N.J. (March 21) -- The USGA Executive Committee has adopted a Gender Policy that will become part of the Conditions of Competition for USGA Championships.
The new policy was adopted following a detailed review of current medical literature on the subject, interviews with knowledgeable experts, and communications with other sports governing bodies, including the International Olympic Committee and the Ladies Golf Union of Great Britain. Both the IOC and the LGU recently adopted policies allowing female athletes who have undergone gender reassignment to compete in their women’s competitions.
Under the USGA’s new policy, transgender athletes will be eligible to compete two years after having gender reassignment surgery, subject to certain proof of gender guidelines. The USGA will appoint a medical committee to advise the Association in developing these guidelines and implementing the new policy.
Questions should be directed to USGA Executive Director David Fay at (908) 234-2300.