Report: Triumphant Massachusetts teen girl golfer denied trophy

BOSTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A 16-year-old Massachusetts teenager who finished first in a regional tournament this week was denied the trophy and an opportunity to play at the state high school golf championships because she is female, according to a local media report.

High schooler Emily Nash, 16, shot a three-over-par 75 at the Central Massachusetts Division 3 boys' golf tournament on Tuesday, four strokes ahead of the runner up, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported.

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Her team did not qualify as a group to compete in the state championships and she will not be allowed to play as an individual under the rules of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.

"I was definitely disappointed, but I understand that there are rules in place," Nash told the newspaper. "I don't think people expected for this to happen, so they didn't really know how to react to it. None of us are mad at the MIAA or anything like that, but I was definitely a little bit disappointed."

Nash could not be reached for immediate comment and an MIAA official did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Related: What golf's biggest names looked like way back when: 

What golf's biggest names looked like then (and now)
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What golf's biggest names looked like then (and now)

Dustin Johnson in 2007 (age 23).

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Dustin Johnson now.

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson in 1991 (age 20).

(Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson now.

(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods in 1990 (age 14).

(Photo by Ken Levine /Allsport via Getty Images)

Tiger Woods now. 

(Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

Adam Scott in 2000 (age 20).

(Photo by Stephen Munday /Allsport via Getty Images)

Adam Scott now.

(Photo credit ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Sergio Garcia in 1998 (age 18).

(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Sergio Garcia now.

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Jordan Spieth in 2010 (age 16).

(Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

Jordan Spieth now. 

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Bubba Watson in 2005 (age 27).

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Bubba Watson now.

(Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Rory McIlroy in 2007 (age 17).

(Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy now. 

(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Ernie Els in 1990 (age 20).

(Photo by David Cannon/Allsport via Getty Images)

Ernie Els now. 

(Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Rickie Fowler in 2007 (age 18).

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Rickie Fowler now. 

(Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Miguel Angel Jimenez in 1994 (age 30).

(Photo by John Gichigi/ALLSPORT via Getty Images)

Miguel Angel Jimenez now.

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Henrik Stenson in 2000 (age 24).

(Photo by Paul Severn /Allsport via Getty Images)

Henrik Stenson now.

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Jason Day in 2006 (age 18).

(Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

Jason Day now. 

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Matt Kuchar in 1998 (age 19).

(Photo credit JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Matt Kuchar mow.

(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Jason Dufner in 2004 (age 26).

(Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Jason Dufner now. 

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Justin Rose in 1998 (age 17).

(Photo credit PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)

Justin Rose now.

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Hideki Matsuyama in 2010 (age 18)

(Photo credit JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Hideki Matsuyama now.

(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)


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