A golfer born in Adelaide as a man will create history by playing in the women's Australian Open next month.
Mianne Bagger had sex-change surgery in 1995 after a lifetime of feeling "something wasn't quite right".
"It is a world first," the 37-year-old told the Sunday Herald Sun newspaper. "There has never been a transsexual in a women's tournament before."
"It's a dream for me, I've been playing golf since I was eight but I turned professional only in August last year."
The women's Australian Open will be held at Concord in
Sydney from 4-7 March.
Bagger said she had made new friendships with fellow golfers, but added:
"There are some women who find me hard to accept.
"I have never been confronted by anyone and most don't consider it to be an issue. To most people I am just another one of the girls out there playing.
"I have always known there was something different about me
since I was young, we are born this way. You certainly don't go through surgery lightly."
A Women's Golf Australia spokeswoman said the WGA had "no
problems" with Bagger playing.
"Mianne has been playing for years in our amateur tournaments where we have no rules against trans-gender players," the spokesperson said.
"There is no reason why she should not continue her golfing career in the professional tournament."