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Bagger 'delighted' to qualify

11/3/2004

TARANTO, Italy -- Mianne Bagger, a 37-year-old Dane, became
the first transsexual golfer to qualify for the Ladies European
Tour.
Bagger shot a 5-over-par 77 Wednesday to tie for ninth place
after four rounds in qualifying school at the Riva dei Tessali golf
club.
"It's been a long week and tough for many reasons, but I'm
naturally delighted to be able to finally fulfill my childhood
ambition," Bagger said. "I sold up everything that I owned in
Australia to fund this year and I have nothing but friends and
family, but now I feel rich."
In March, at the women's Australian Open, Bagger became the
first transsexual to play in a pro golf tournament.
The Ladies European Tour changed its rules this year to
eliminate the "female at birth" in its membership policy. The
rule change put the golf tour in line with International Olympic
Committee regulations.
Mirian Nagl of Germany topped the qualifying school, finishing
at 3-under 285 after a 71 Wednesday.