If you had one opportunity to tell the world something about you, what would it be?
For Kaylin Wikoff, who’s transgender, it’s she wants to be judged for who she is, not what she is.
She started shooting when she was 10 with her father’s direction. What started as a male bonding with her father, led her to a passion. She soon went under the wing of Ricky Peters. He mentored her until his retirement from the game. When I asked Kaylin how she got her name “The Gun,” she smiled and told me about her last match with Ricky. Nearing his retirement from the game he made her a proposition. The wager was her $100 to his nickname, “The Gun.”
Her game has not changed from the time she was 21. She’s made minor tweaks to her stroke and stance, but the real change came to her mentally, she says, “during her transition. “
She plays aggressive, knows when to play safe, when to hide the cue ball, and when to LET someone have a shot. I told her she has nerves of steel, like ice, and if she is at all nervous, it doesn’t show. She told me it may not show, but she, like the rest of us, does get nervous.
She began playing APA when she was 21. She worked her way through the ranks starting as a 4. Then, two years as a 5, and two years as a 6. She finally became a 7 in 2001 with her first trip to Vegas and finished 13th in the nation.
She started her transition April 15, 2015. Shortly thereafter, a friend of hers, Dave Carr, asked her to join him for scotch doubles. As she says “then she began jumping through hoops to be qualified as transgender.” At this point all she needed was to be listed as a female on her driver’s license and a letter from her doctor.
This past year Kaylin decided to join the WPBA, and this required more. So what are the requirements?