Mianne Bagger


Professional Golf

There's a good chance you've landed here based on the issue of diversity in sport and maybe, more recently, because of me having more media attention. As the site is at the moment, sorry to disappoint, but there's not a whole lot to see here these days. My touring golf career came to and end in 2015 and I'm getting on with life. 

I do however get contacted for media appearances from time to time though, and the most recent was my appearance on the SBS Insight program in Australia (April 2022). There have been a number of print articles doing the rounds and it's rather disconcerting to see how frequently I am being mis-quoted and I'd like to set the record straight. 

(Blog post coming..... )

My Story in Short

In 2004, the world came to know me as a budding golfer who challenged the golfing world with regard to diversity in sport. As a transitioned woman I embarked on a journey of education and awareness (from my perspective at least), as well as my long-held desire to compete in the professional golf ranks. The journey resulted in me, rightly or wrongly, having rules of eligibility changed so I could compete on [women's] professional golf tours.  My efforts had impact on tours around the world, including; Sweden, Europe (Ladies European Tour - LET), UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa.

After competing on a mini-tour in Sweden in 2004, I gained a tour card for the Ladies European Tour (LET) later that year and competed in my first season on the LET in 2005. This paved the path for my ensuing touring career throughout Europe and Australia which lasted around 11 years.

The details of my journey in golf is best told through this podcast interview with Cyd Zeigler for 'Five Rings to Rule Them All'

I would love to say that my touring career was a huge success with multiple tournament wins and a high world ranking, but... that wasn't the case. During my time on tour, I had '0' tournament wins and I'm sure my 'world ranking' was so far down the list that it didn't even appear. Regardless of that, I view my own life and journey as a success by the numerous personal achievements, the people I've met, the experiences I've had, and the gratitude I feel.

'Success' can mean so many things.

Today (in 2022) I'm living a minimalistic and nomadic life, gaining new experiences and abilities. While I did try teaching golf at a club in Spain for a few months, I didn't feel as engaged in it as I should have been. I ended that endeavour and continue to seek new direction.

Today I'm a web-developer, barista, ice cream maker, strawberry picker, and so on. The list goes on really.