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 school student 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.
Given musculature a boy entering a girls competition would have an inbuilt advantage. Sure, golf’s not quite so much about physique as tennis or golf but it does still matter. And we do in fact have rules keeping even certain forms of intersex let alone pure males out of such intended for female only competitions.
So, should we have the same about nominally male competitions?
Hmm, actually, if you didn’t have equal rules either side I rather think that you would fall foul of US discrimination law, wouldn’t you? Girls can enter boys’ competitions, boys cannot girls’, there’s a lawsuit given that country.
Male, female and open would seem to be the only way to organise this.