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

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

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

Golfing fans teed off on the MIAA's rules that robbed Lunenburg's Emily Nash of her trophy.

A MA high school girl beat the field by four at the Central Mass. Division 3 boys' golf tournament, but because of tournament rules she wasn't permitted to walk away with a trophy or a state tournament berth.

On Tuesday, high school golfer Emily Nash made headlines when she won the MA D3 Central Boys Golf Tournament by four strokes with a stellar 75. It was four shots better than runner-up Nico Ciolino of the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School. That means Nash not only wasn't announced as victor of a tournament she won, but she won't be able to compete in the state boys individual tournament next week.

If there is one thing that is clear from this story, it is that Emily Nash is one heck of a golfer. Not only did she compete, she dominated the field, posting a three-over score that was four shots better than anyone else in the competition. 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. Meaning girls can play as part of a team but not as an individual in fall golf. Her school finished fourth and did not qualify for state. All it had to do was give Emily Nash the recognition she deserved and reconsider a rule separating females from participating against males.

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

Nico Ciolino is the recent victor of the Central Mass Division 3 Boys' Golf Tournament.

"You don't always have to win the actual title to get recognition for it", she said.

The MIAA and its member schools congratulate all golfers on their performance at the recent fall sectional team golf tournament. But if she can play with and beat the boys as well, why shouldn't her individual accomplishment there be recognized? The individual tournament opportunity for female golfers takes place during the spring season. They can only play in the Boys Team Tournament.

The boys team and individual tournament has taken place in the fall and the girls team and individual tournament has taken place in the spring.