So even though Emily Nash was four shots better than any boy in the field, she was denied the winner's trophy and a spot in next week's state tournament. According to Golf Digest, the boy who was awarded first place at the tournament offered the trophy to Nash - who ultimately declined it - and the tournament's director has said he is planning to purchase Nash a special trophy.
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. It was four shots better than runner-up Nico Ciolino of the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School. Nash told the Telegram that she knew before the tournament started that she would not move on to state regardless, but she thought she would be allowed to win the actual event as an individual.
Emily hopes to attend a Division One school with a good golf program. During a sectional tournament round of golf, a golfer's score is submitted for both an individual and team competition at each location.
If the men of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association were paying attention to other names in the news - like, say, Mark Halperin, John Besh and George H.W. Bush - perhaps they would have made it a point to learn Nash's. Her school finished fourth and did not qualify for state.
"From management and concept of golf in the MIAA, we have girls play in the spring and boys play in the fall", Pearson said.
Nash wants to play golf, but she attends a school without a girls team. Riordan said he double-checked with the MIAA after Nash had won to make sure she wouldn't be declared champion. 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. They can only play in the boys team tournament. In particular, the skill of the female golfer from Lunenburg was on display as she represented her personal ability and effort on behalf of the Lunenburg High School Boys Golf Team.