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High school golfer wins tournament, denied trophy because she's a girl

High school golfer wins tournament, denied trophy because she's a girl

So even though Emily Nash was four shots better than any boy in the field, she was denied the winner's trophy and a spot in next week's state tournament.

Emily Nash, a junior at Lunenburg High School, won the Central Mass. Division 3 boys' golf tournament at Blissful Meadows on Tuesday with a 3-over-par.

Nash fired an 3-over 75 at Blissful Meadows, besting Nico Ciolino of AMSA Charter School by four strokes.

That means Nash doesn't get a trophy - or a spot in the state championship. MIAA went on to congratulate Nash (whom they did not acknowledge explicitly by name, but rather referred to as Lunenburg's female golfer) on her performance and wish her success in the girls' tournament scheduled for 2018.

Nash fired what should have been the winning round on Tuesday, but Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association rules stipulate that girls can play in boys tournaments, but cannot compete in the boys individual tournaments.

According to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, girls can play in the boys' golf tournament as part of a team, but they aren't allowed to be entered as individuals. "If qualified, they can play in the spring Girls Sectional and State Championships".




"From management and concept of golf in the MIAA, we have girls play in the spring and boys play in the fall", Pearson said.

Nash, 16, told Boston's WCVB-TV "It's fun with the boys because they hit it so far past me, and I really have to focus on my short game", she said.

Meanwhile, the male athlete who was awarded first place offered to give his trophy to Nash, saying she had earned it.

The dominant golfer in the Central Massachusetts Division 3 boys' golf tournament earlier this week was not a boy. The boys team and individual tournament has taken place in the fall and the girls team and individual tournament has taken place in the spring. Given this team opportunity during the fall tournament season, it has been clear to participants that female golfers playing in the fall boys team tournament are not participating in an individual capacity. 'She played the same tees, played under the same conditions and everything'.

Regardless of the political correctness that often clouds the issue, mixing boys and girls in competition is not always easy to accommodate.

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