Golfer Denied Victory For Being a Girl, Runner Up Offers Gold Trophy
Teenage golfer Emily Nash, a 16-year-old girl, was allowed to compete in the Central Massachusetts Division 3 Boys Golf Tournament. Despite being a girl, she received the best score during the competition with a 3-over par score. But since the organizers still follow the archaic tradition of recognizing only male players, she was denied of the prestige.
Instead of recognizing Emily, the award was given to Nico Ciolino, a player from AMSA Charter School. He scored four strokes less than Emily and was given the gold trophy. In the spirit of fairness and equality, the credited winner and refused to take the trophy. Instead, he offered it to Emily.
In an interview with WPBF Nash said: “He came over and said he didn’t win the tournament, that I did. It was really nice of him and respectful.”
Dave Kocur, Pro-Shop Manager said that the boy “felt so bad about it that he actually tried to give the trophy to Nash.” Having understood the rules beforehand, Nash refused to receive the trophy.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has been criticized for enforcing outdated rules regarding gender equality. Director Kevin Riordan, who was also rattled by the incident said that he did not make the rules up, only works to enforce them.
He also added that he will use his own money to give credit to Nash’s win and buy her a trophy of her own until such time that the rules can be updated and changed. Interviewed by MSNBC, he reiterated: “We don’t make the rules, we just follow them. [Emily] is the story of the day.”
Although the female golfer scored big during the game, her school did not get enough marks to qualify for the state tournament. Nash has been a great golfer, winning third during the Mass. Sectional Girl’s Tournament and fourth during the State Girl’s Tournament.
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