Golfer Emily Nash isn't awarded championship trophy because she's a girl

Massachusetts high school golfer Emily Nash won 1st place at the Central Mass. Division 3 boys' golf tournament but won't take home the trophy because she's a girl

But despite having the best score on the course, Nash was denied the first place finish and the trophy.

A member of the Lunenburg High School boy's golf team was not awarded a trophy after firing the low score in a recent tournament all because she is a girl.

The latest unwelcome controversy involves Emily Nash, a junior at Lunenburg High School and victor of the Central Massachusetts Division III boys golf tournament.

In what has been termed a "classy" move, the boy who was awarded the individual championship trophy offered it to Nash.

"She earned the right to go on (to the boy's tournament)". We can only hope that MA and any other state with a similar rule will find a way to alter it in order for players like Nash to participate in the tournaments that they deserve. Her school finished fourth and did not qualify for state.

"But I wasn't aware", Nash said in a phone interview Wednesday from Settlers Crossing Golf Course, "until after my round that if I won, I wouldn't be able to get the title or the trophy".

That means Nash can't compete as an individual, and her score on Tuesday only counted toward her team's total.

In a gesture of sportsmanship, Nico, who was awarded the first-place trophy offered Emily, the rightful victor, his trophy, but she declined to accept. In the case of golf, these tournaments exist in two different seasons.

Anything boys can do, girls can do better.

This year she won the Massachusetts Girls Junior Amateur Championship. Approximately 26 female golfers participated in 2017 fall boys golf tournaments. This rule should have been voided long ago because it penalizes achievement for no good reason, unless the reason is to discourage girls from playing in boys tournaments, which is not a good one. 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's the No. 1 player on the Lunenburg boys' team since she arrived in eighth grade. "I don't think people expected this to happen, so they didn't really know how to react to it".

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