Girl wins boys golf tournament, denied trophy because she’s a girl

Emily Nash also denied the chance to play at the state high school golf championships

Emily Nash tees off during the Central Massachusetts Division 3 boys’ golf tournament. Photograph: Christine Peterson/AP

Emily Nash tees off during the Central Massachusetts Division 3 boys’ golf tournament. Photograph: Christine Peterson/AP

 

A 16-year-old Massachusetts teenager who finished first in a regional tournament this week was denied the trophy and an opportunity to play at the state high school golf championships because she is female, according to a local media report.

High school student Emily Nash shot a three-over-par 75 at the Central Massachusetts Division 3 boys’ golf tournament on Tuesday, four strokes ahead of the runner-up, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported.

But she was not awarded a trophy or a spot in the state championships because of a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association rule that stipulates girls can play as part of a team but not win as individuals.

“I was definitely disappointed, but I understand that there are rules in place,” Nash told the newspaper.

“I don’t think people expected for this to happen, so they didn’t really know how to react to it. None of us are mad at the MIAA or anything like that, but I was definitely a little bit disappointed.”

The rule was criticised by golf experts and volunteers at the tournament. One volunteer official told the Telegram & Gazette it was a “real injustice”, while a writer for the Professional Golf Academy of America said “it stinks”.

“It’s 2017. This rule sounds like it was created in 1917,” wrote TJ Auclair.

Nash could not be reached for immediate comment and an MIAA official did not immediately respond to a request for comment. – Guardian and Reuters

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.