Biologically male transgender athletes are rising to the top of women’s professional disc golf, causing some competitors to start speaking up.
Male-to-female trans athletes have been allowed to compete in several women’s sports, including girls’ track and field, women’s Olympic weight lifting, and female collegiate swimming, and they have had a big impact on those sports.
Trans disc golfers, like Natalie Ryan, Chloe Alice, and Kelly Jenkins, are eclipsing women in the sport, at least two biologically female players exclusively told Jonathan Kay at Quillette.
“I would say that one of the biggest advantages of the [male-bodied] players is their ability to scramble in tight situations when a disc goes off the fairway, to just stand there and blast a shot through the woods,” one prominent player, who wished to stay anonymous, told Kay. “I’ve seen both [trans player] Chloe Alice and Natalie [Ryan] do this. They’re just standing still and throw the kind of [forehand shot] that I’ve never seen a female throw even under perfect conditions.”
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“What makes it worse is that Ryan’s form isn’t even that good,” another golfer said. “If it were, she’d be out-throwing us by even more. So while the rest of us spend years refining our form, trying to keep up and get more distance, she’s been in the sport only — what? — three years or something. And she’s already said [publicly], ‘Oh, I’ve got my form down. I don’t need to practice that.’”
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The same athlete told Kay about Jenkins throwing an impressive “320-foot thumber” that’s just not thrown by women.
“And then, when people were standing there in disbelief, [Jenkins] says, ‘Ha ha, softball!’ — like, telling people that she learned to do this kind of shot from playing softball when she was young,” the competitor explained. “But I know women disc golfers who’ve played softball their whole lives. They’ve never seen a woman throw a disc like that.”
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One female pro commented that it was “all too convenient that now is when [trans women] decide to jump in and make a splash,” noting that the women’s sport has only become “economically viable” as an occupation in the last few years.
Ryan sparked particular concern when the biologically male athlete took home $6,000 from a win — a rather large amount in the female space.
Girls competing in NCAA swimming this year got a taste of the so-called inclusion, too.
University of Pennsylvania’s transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who is biologically male and self-identifies as a woman, dominated in the women’s 500-yard freestyle event in March and was even put up for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Thomas, 22, competed on the men’s team at the University of Pennsylvania before identifying as female in 2019 and taking testosterone blockers and estrogen. Notably, the swimmer still has a penis and has not had surgery to remove it and dates females, according to teammates.
Speaking up about the issue was rare, though — and even when girls do, they typically do so anonymously out of fear of retribution.
“If you even brought up concerns about it, you were ‘transphobic,’” one anonymous swimmer told Daily Wire host Matt Walsh in the documentary “What is a Woman?”
“If you even bring up the fact that Lia’s swimming might not be fair, you’re immediately shut down and called a hateful person, or transphobic,” she added.
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