She should have been standing on the winner's podium collecting a trophy that was rightfully hers, but instead a high school student who won a golf competition was denied victory - all because she is a girl.
Nash is the best Division 3 golfer, male or female, in central MA, and maybe one of the best high school players in the entire state, but she won't have a chance to prove it because she is a girl.
The rules also robbed Nash, who shot 37-38 from the same tees, of her own individual state berth.
Emily hopes to attend a Division One school with a good golf program. She doesn't even get recognized as the qualifying tournament champion or get a trophy.
According to some specific, yet convoluted sporting rules from the MIAA, "girls playing on a fall boys" team can not be entered in the Boys Fall Individual Tournament. They can only play in the Boys' Team Tournament.More news: Luke Shaw makes huge transfer admission in sly dig at Jose Mourinho
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"Allowing her to play but not win should have been addressed prior to her competing". Bewilderingly, a girl is only allowed to have her score count toward team qualifying for the state championship. He said when Nash placed first, he checked the rule again with Ann Trytko, the MIAA assistant director.
Ciolino, who was awarded the first-place trophy, offered his rival the trophy, but she declined to accept.
Emily Nash won the Division 3 boy's golf tournament with a 3-over-par 75 at Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge, a tournament that is held annually in the region. She didn't get it.
Anything boys can do, girls can do better. And for as much as the MIAA likes to fashion golf as a team sport in high school, it is still an individual sport, first and foremost. The individual tournament opportunity for female golfers takes place during the spring season. 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. They can only play in the Boys Team Tournament. And for those wondering, yes, Nash did play from the same tees as the boys, which makes this situation all the more perplexing.