Emily Nash, an 8th grader from Massachusetts, won a golf tournament for teen boys but was denied the trophy because she is a girl.
She was entered into the D3 Central Boys Golf Tournament as part of her school's (Lunenberg High School) team and shot a 75 using the same tees as the boys. She captured the top spot by 4 strokes but her score was only counted towards her team's score, not as an individual score.
Richard Pearson, Assistant Executive Director of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Associations attempted to explain the matter, "We have girls play in the spring and boys play in the fall. There are a lot of instances where on the girls side, there may not be enough players to field a team in the spring. In that case, the girls can compete individually. To afford them the chance to be a part of a team, we also allow them to play with the boys teams in the fall, where their score can only count toward the team total."
So the trophy actually went to the boy who finished second, Nico Ciolino. And what did he do with it? He tried to give it to Emily, but she declined it saying "He came over and said he didn't win the tournament, that I did. It was really nice of him and respectful."
Lexi Thompson who has 9 wins on the LPGA tour said:
And Brittany Altomare another professional golfer on the LPGA tour.
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