Natalie Ryan, a transgender disc golfer, earned a women’s tournament victory in Virginia after she was banned from a Disc Golf Pro Tour event earlier this month.
Ryan finished in first place at the Lake Marshall Open in Montross, Virginia over the weekend. She defeated five other women and earned a payout of $356, according to Disc Golf Scene. Ryan finished with a 197 for the three round tournament. Second-place finishers Debbie Yoo and Kaitlyn Clay scored 221.
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Neptune Discs congratulated Ryan on the win.
Ryan’s victory came amid the legal drama that prohibited him from continuing in the Disc Golf Pro Tour’s OTB Open, which was held in California. Ryan was initially granted a temporary restraining order to play in the tournament when he sued the Professional Disc Golf Association over its policy of transgender participation.
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The Disc Golf Pro Tour would appeal the ruling after the first round of the tournament had already been played and won. Ryan was forced to drop out of the tournament. The Ninth Circuit Court ruled in favor of the tour apparently due to jurisdiction.
«It appears that the district court lacks diversity jurisdiction over the [Disc Golf Pro] Tour because Plaintiff and at least one member of the Tour are citizens of Virginia,» the court ruled, according to OutSports.
There didn’t seem to be any problems for Ryan over the weekend.
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Sunday’s win was Ryan’s fourth of the year.