But pro golfer Brittany Altomare - who is from central MA, and played in the boys' state tournament when she was in high school - said the rules should be changed, in this case.
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.
Lunenburg High School student Emily Nash's score of 75 at the Central Massachusetts Division 3 boys' golf tournament was better than the runner-up.
The Worcester Telegram reported that Kevin Riordan, the director of the tournament, said he told Nash and her coach about the rule.
But while the MIAA isn't budging on the rule, multiple professional female golfers have spoken out in support of Nash.
According to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, girls can play in the boys' golf tournament as part of a team, but they aren't allowed to be entered as individuals. They can only play in the Boys Team Tournament. And for those wondering if she can compete for states in the female golf tournament, she can't do that either because her school doesn't support a girl's golf team.
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"It's a 365 day, every day of her life she practices, holidays, winter we convert our house over to a driving range", Bob Nash, Emily's father says. Riordan said he double-checked with the MIAA after Nash had won to make sure she wouldn't be declared champion.
In a gesture of sportsmanship, Nico, who was awarded the first-place trophy offered Emily, the rightful victor, his trophy, but she declined to accept.
The dominant golfer in the Central Massachusetts Division 3 boys' golf tournament earlier this week was not a boy. The individual tournament opportunity for female golfers takes place during the spring season. But for all the outcry we hear about militancy and litigation on such issues - and the backlash which follows - she should not be penalized, nor taken advantage of, just because she's nice.
The MIAA Boys' Golf Tournament is held in the American autumn while the MIAA Girls' Golf Tournament is staged in the spring.
She hits off the same tees they do all the same rules. Given this team opportunity during the fall tournament season, it has been clear to participants that female golfers playing in the fall boys team tournament are not participating in an individual capacity. I don't think people expected for this to happen, so they didn't really know how to react to it.