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Trophy Club Byron Nelson golfer can't hold onto lead, takes third at state
AUSTIN — The ball nicked a branch, maybe two of them. Trophy Club Byron Nelson’s Major Monzingo’s approach shot was off by a matter of inches on the second playoff hole, and the same could be said about his putt on the first playoff hole.
Monzingo lost that second playoff hole. And he finished third at the Class 4A state tournament.
As he waited with others from Byron Nelson for the awards ceremony, he clearly wanted to remember the best about his tournament, but he wasn’t ready yet.
“I should’ve tried to hit it to the left side,” he lamented about the approach shot.
So much went right for Monzingo, a junior, at state. He played better than anyone the first day. He kept his drives low, stayed on the fairways, and he putted and chipped well like he always does.
Monzingo was the only player — boy or girl — to finish under par Monday, shooting a 1-under 71.
“That was the talk of the tournament,” coach Barry Hawkins said.
Tuesday, Monzingo started with the lead. He noted that he couldn’t hit many greens, but his short game saved him for a 74. Lake Travis’ Joe Beck and Tayler Termeer were 2-under Tuesday, and Beck won with a 143 total while Termeer shot 145 like Monzingo.
“Those guys played pretty good,” Monzingo said.
After Termeer beat him on the second playoff hole, Monzingo walked back alone, ahead of the gallery. Hawkins picked him up in a cart after about a minute. It wasn’t going to be easy for Monzingo to see the highlights from this week so soon, but Hawkins would make sure he tried.
Scots finish second: With Lake Travis placing golfers first, second and fifth, Highland Park had little chance to defend its boys 4A title. But the Scots did finish second, led by freshman Scottie Scheffler. Scheffler had the best score of the day Tuesday, a 3-under 69, and rebounded from a first-day 77.
Creekview golfers second and fourth: Carrollton Creekview’s April McCoy rebounded on the second day, shooting a 71 and finishing second with a two-day total of 150.
“I just came out and was like, ‘Here are the last 18 holes of high school,’” McCoy said.
McCoy ended up two strokes behind Kendall Anderson of Magnolia. McCoy’s teammate Jennifer Park finished fourth with a 151, losing a playoff.