The Daily Telegraph of London reported that the clause was added to prevent Helen Talmage, the club champion at the Lodge Golf Club in Derbyshire and a scratch player, from entering. Talmage, a machine operator, allegedly had a sex-change operation at 19. "This kind of thing is more prevalent these days, and something needed to be done," said Elaine Mackie, the administrator of the Ladies Golf Union. "To ignore it would be unfair to other competitors."
Such restrictions are nothing new in the U.S. The USGA banned transsexuals in 1989, two years after Charlotte Wood of Beaumont, Texas, who had undergone a sex-change operation in the early '80s, reached the semifinal round of the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur. The LPGA also banned transsexuals shortly thereafter.
The Calcutta Kid
Monday qualifier Arjun Atwal shot 67 in the opening round of the Buick Classic, but he faded with rounds of 76-73-72 to finish 43rd. The 23-year-old two-time National Junior College champion from Nassau Community-College in Garden City, N.Y., by way of Calcutta, has been traveling between India and Westbury, N.Y.—where his parents bought a second home to help further his golf career—since he was in the ninth grade.
After graduating from Nassau, Atwal enrolled at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., but he dropped out to turn pro after a semester. "They gave him an afternoon class," explained Larry Dellaquilla, the Nassau coach and Atwal's caddie last week. "I warned their coach to schedule all his classes in the morning. Afternoons for Arjun are spent on the golf course, no matter what."