Girl Wins Boys Golf Tournament But Not Trophy Due To MIAA Rules

High School girl wins boys golf tournament stupid rule prevents her from getting trophy

It didn't convince tournament officials who denied Nash the first-place trophy, and awarded it to the boy who finished four strokes behind.

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

So this is dumb as hell - a girl beat all the boys in a golf tourney but wasn't awarded the first place trophy.

However, while girls are allowed to compete in the tournament as part of a larger team, they are not eligible to win as individual players.

The MIAA Boys' Golf Tournament is held in the American autumn while the MIAA Girls' Golf Tournament is staged in the spring.

The Worcester Telegram reported that Kevin Riordan, the director of the tournament, said he told Nash and her coach about the rule.

Emily hopes to attend a Division I school with a good golf program and she plans to participate in some tournaments this winter down south and hopefully catch the eye of some scouts. However, the association didn't even mentioned Nash's name once, and labeled her the "female golfer" instead.

The story has received widespread attention from mainstream media outlets in the U.S. including the Boston Globe, while Global Golf Post and PGA.com have also jumped on the story. They can only play in the Boys Team Tournament.

Also, Nash played from all the same tees as the boys, so it's not like she had any unfair advantage.

"I was definitely disappointed, but I understand that there are rules in place", she said.

Emily said she is taking it all in stride. Bewilderingly, a girl is only allowed to have her score count toward team qualifying for the state championship. Female golfers can only play individually during the girls' season. "None of us are mad at the MIAA or anything like that, but I was definitely a little bit disappointed". I don't think people expected for this to happen, so they didn't really know how to react to it.

Under any circumstances, the MIAA's statement would be a strong nominee for Most Clueless Public Relations Move of the Week. At any rate, Nash knows she won that tournament, and so does everyone else, regardless of the MIAA rules.

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