So here's a fine little story of triumph over odds, sexism and implied bias: Annie Park of MacArthur High in Levittown, N.Y., has gone out and won an entire high school boys' tournament.
Park, a junior, took down two-time defending champ Matt Lowe by six shots at Bethpage. She shot a 68-66 in the two-day tournament for an eight-under finish. Park was permitted to play with her school district's boys' team because there's no girls' program offered. (Ah, high school athletics.) Park was one of only two girls in the 134-player field; the other was Lowe's younger sister.
This isn't the last you'll hear of Park, who began playing the game at age 8. She's already qualified for the U.S. Women's Open, and will attend the University of Southern California on a golf scholarship. In the near term, however, she hopes her win will inspire other girls to pick up the game:
"I wish a lot of girls started playing golf," she said. "They think golf is such a boring sport."
Lowe, for his part, knew he was in the presence of greatness. "It was like getting hit by a locomotive," he said. "I've never seen a human being play that good. She never misses a shot at any point, in any aspect of the game. It was ridiculous."