Emily Nash had the lowest score in the tournament, but the first place trophy went to a boy who was four strokes behind her.
A Central Massachusetts high school girl achieved the incomparable by capturing the individual title at a boys regional golf tournament only to be told she didn't actually win because girls weren't eligible to win the tournament ... or advance to the state tournament as a result.
But while the MIAA isn't budging on the rule, multiple professional female golfers have spoken out in support of Nash.
In other words, her score counted for her team's total, but didn't count for her individual competition.
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"To offer an opportunity for team play to all MIAA member school students, female golfers have been welcomed to participate on a boys team in the fall if their school did not sponsor a girls golf team in the spring", the statement reads.
When girls and women first began playing in male golf tournaments, there was a justifiable outcry that they should not claim awards or high finishes if they were allowed to hit from the women's tees, which are set up at shorter distances from the greens than the men's tees used by the boys. "Those are the rules of golf, and she plays by the rules".
"Congrats to Emily Nash on her BIG Win!", the American wrote. And as T.J. Auclair, a writer for the PGA said, the rule is "so bad it makes a shank look good". Nico was right behind her, with a 79. That mark was four shots better than her nearest adversary, yet it was that opponent, Nico Ciolino. though both golfers would soon be in for a dramatic twist: Ciolino would be declared the victor and Nash disqualified from advancement, all due to their respective sexes. She didn't get it. 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. They can, however, compete as a part of the team side of the tournament. Female golfers can only play individually during the girls' season. "There are a lot of instances where on the girls side, there may not be enough players to field a team in the spring". But if she can play with and beat the boys as well, why shouldn't her individual accomplishment there be recognized?
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