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Nash, Lunenburg’s Star Golfer, Will Play for Elon

November 15, 2018

Lunenburg High School senior Emily Nash signs her letter of intent during Wednesday's signing ceremony at the school. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / SEAN SWEENEY Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

LUNENBURG -- A golfer with a rather natural swing since the age of 10, Lunenburg’s Emily Nash can now consider herself a college golfer.

Known as one of the better golfers of any age in this area, Nash confirmed her college plans during a ceremony in the Lunenburg High School Auditorium Wednesday afternoon, as she signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Elon Unversity for the next four years.

With her parents, Bob and Kerry, along with a good portion of the Lunenburg High senior class, looking on, Nash accepted a full scholarship to thunderous applause.

Also in the running for her signature were UNC-Greensboro, NC State, Boston College, Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac.

Nash noted she made made her decision to attend Elon -- a small, private college in North Carolina -- by the end of this past July. She also said that Elon’s size, like Lunenburg’s, will ease the transition from high school to college.

While it was known that Nash was a solid golfer during her freshman and sophomore seasons on Route 2A, she made the leap in her junior campaign. It was during that junior year that Nash made national headlines when the MIAA had steadfastly refused to award her first place in the Central Mass. boys’ golf tournament simply for the fact that she is a girl. Like the boys her age, she had played from the same tees, with the same distance -- and absolutely annihilated them all by four strokes.

The MIAA had awarded the first-place trophy to AMSA’s Nico Ciolino, the second-place finisher; in a gesture of sportsmanship, Ciolino had offered Nash the trophy, acknowledging her as the champion.

While social media pressure made the MIAA eventually fold and award her a trophy, Nash also had the opportunity to play an LPGA event as the guest of Annika Sorenstam a few months later.

During that fiasco, Nash said that while she hadn’t verbally committed, Elon was in the running as her college choice.

“Once I visited the school, I knew it was the one for me. It took a little while to make it official and verbally commit,” the soft-spoken Nash said. “It was a tough time because I’m not very outgoing; having all the attention on me was a little weird, but I feel it helped me for the better.”

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