Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Trophy Club Byron Nelson siblings head to state as region golf champs
TROPHY CLUB — The texts arrive quickly. As soon as Trophy Club Byron Nelson coach Barry Hawkins alerts his boys team how the girls performed and vice versa, he receives replies from siblings Major and Maty Monzingo.
The response is always the same — how did the other one do?
“You want to think they’re asking for brother and sister,” Hawkins said, “but bottom line they are asking for the competitive edge.”
It’s really a combination of both. Major, a junior, and Maty, a sophomore, are brother and sister. Each won the 4A Region I championship and is helping Byron Nelson golf succeed in its first year at the 4A level.
That Maty and Major would play golf wasn’t predestined, but their involvement in the game flowed down hereditarily. Their grandfather played golf. And their father, Lynn Monzingo, played golf, and he coached at Carrollton Creekview as they grew up. Maty and Major tagged along because they had to. Their mother worked full time, so golf practice was a must.
“They were either going to sit there,” Lynn said, “or they were going to sit there and play.”
Major fell for the game right away. He spent his time around the practice greens, chipping and putting. At age 5, he was competing in tournaments. By 8, he was shooting around par.
Maty played in tournaments but focused more on select volleyball until a few years ago. When she dedicated herself to golf, the talent was obvious. You only had to see her drive the ball.
With an average driving distance of around 270 yards, Maty has as much length off the tee as any of the top high school girls. It’s opposite for Major. He drives the ball well, but his short game has always carried him.
Both approaches have worked, and that was never more apparent than at the 4A Region I championship. Major won with a 145. Maty won with 136, which included a course-record 67 on the first day.
Major continually texted Lynn from school to get updates on his sister during that tournament. Indeed, golf has brought them closer. They see movies together. They share a Hyundai Tucson. They play golf with friends on the weekends.
“Two years ago, they were struggling with a pecking order,” Lynn said, “but I think they respect each other’s games.”
Both have the opportunity to finish among the top individuals at the state tournament Monday and Tuesday. The Byron Nelson girls golf team should also challenge for the team championship.
Each one is too modest to mention this, although they hint that their quiet kindness fades on the golf course.
“We’re pretty competitive,” Maty said.
UIL state tournament
When: Monday and Tuesday for Class A, 2A and 4A; Thursday and Friday for 3A and 5A
Where: Austin, Jimmy Clay GC (4A, 5A), Roy Kizer GC (2A, 3A), Morris Williams GC (A)
CLASS 5A AREA COMPETITORS
Jordan Spieth - Jesuit
Henry Todd - Justin Northwest
Maggie Neece - Colleyville Heritage
Shelby Wilson - Hebron
CLASS 4A AREA COMPETITORS
Major Monzingo - Trophy Club Byron Nelson
Cade Storey - Richardson Pearce
Dillon Vaughn - Joshua
Julia Bazaldua - Mansfield Summit
Grace Choi - Woodrow Wilson
Eji Kwon - Carrollton Newman Smith
CLASS 3A AREA COMPETITORS
Victoria Uresti - Anna
Kynze Mann - Sanger
CLASS 2A AREA COMPETITORS
Sydney Williams - Melissa
Macie Seeker - Melissa