Kyle Chandler once said, “opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door”.
Emily Nash did just that.
She not only participated in the Division 3 Boys High School Golf Championship, she won it by four whole strokes.
Days later she was stripped of this title because she is not a male.
She didn’t force her way into this tournament. She was asked to play because they did not have enough participants and was one of the best-known golfers around.
When the title was taken from her, there was public outrage. I’m not going to lie, I’m outraged as well.
First things first, she was ASKED to be in the tournament. She out worked the rest of the participants to earn that title fair and square, just to see it ripped from her hands.
Also, this is golf we’re talking about. Same strokes, same clubs, same greens, same holes. So why do people feel the need to call her winning “unjust” and “rigged” in 2017? If you haven’t learned that girls can do anything boys can do by now, I don’t know when you will. Nash is a prime example of this, and girls in the athletic community everywhere are rallying around her.
Girls put in just as much practice time as boys. Girls set goals and want to win. Why can’t society just let us do our thing and appreciate that we are just as dedicated to our crafts as males?
I don’t know about you, but when guys say, "Oh, you may not be able to do that because you’re a girl,” it makes me want to work that much harder. We are all people and we all want to succeed. I wouldn’t mind putting a few guys in their place on the way to success just like Nash did, either.
Now, I deeply apologize if you are a guy reading this and think females can not be the same athletically as males, but the numbers are too great to be denying the fact that female athletes are under-appreciated. For example, according to Sports Illustrated, on average a member of the US Women's Soccer Team makes $15,000 less a year than a member of the men's team, even though the women bring in more profit and win more games.
I’m not saying times aren’t changing, but they need to change quicker and our society needs to wake up. Women can do anything men can do and Emily Nash deserved that trophy.