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Billie Jean King weighs in on high school golf controversy

In this Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, photo, Lunenburg High School's Emily Nash tees off during the Central Massachusetts Division 3 boys' golf tournament at Blissful Meadows in Uxbridge, Mass. Nash, who had the best score at a boys' golf tournament in Massachusetts, has been denied the trophy because she's a girl. (Christine Peterson/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)
Christine Peterson/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP
Emily Nash is a junior at Lunenburg High.

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Tennis champion Billie Jean King, whose 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” victory remains a landmark moment, weighed in on the controversy involving a girl who recorded the best score at a Massachusetts boys’ high school golf tournament but was denied the individual trophy.

“Once @MIAA033 allowed #EmilyNash to play, #TitleIX says she was eligible to win. Congrats, Emily. You deserve the trophy! #genderequality,” King wrote on her verified Twitter account.

Last week, Nash had the best score at the Central Mass. Division 3 boys’ golf tournament, but a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association rule said she was only eligible to compete in the team competition. Nash is a junior at Lunenburg High.

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The MIAA defended the rule, although many criticized the organization for its handling of the situation. MIAA associate director Richard Pearson told the Globe that the MIAA golf committee would put the issue “on their plate for consideration and discussion.”

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