By Matthew Hamill
The Texas State Women’s Golf team left the Sun-Belt Conference Tournament in Miramar Beach, Florida as winners, securing Texas State’s first Conference Tournament since joining the Sun-Belt Conference three years ago.
Junior Maty Monzingo finished regulation in a tie with Shania Berger of Little Rock. The two then took part in a playoff in which Maty emerged victorious and earned the Individual Medal of the Tournament.
“It was an amazing feeling,” Monzingo said. “Definitely a feeling I have never experienced. It was just great, I had so many emotions running through me and it was awesome.”
The Bobcats were dominant throughout the tournament and finished 19 strokes over second place Troy. Monzingo was stellar and so were her teammates Lora Assad and Raska Phadke, who were both named to the SBC All-Tournament team, finishing the tournament tied for third place over all.
After finishing in second place the previous two SBC Tournaments, Monzingo was pleased to finally get the win.
“It was great, we worked so hard this year,” Monzingo said. “Showing that hard work pays off. I mean, it’s an incredible feeling.”
Monzingo said her teammates were great and all worked together to finish first. She added that head coach Mike Akers was key in maintaining the team’s focus and aggression as they neared the finish line.
This past February, the Jim and Carol Golf Practice facility opened for both Golf team’s use in Kyle. The facility offers top of the line technology to allow players to break down and analyze their swings, not to mention the facility is indoors.
“In February, it’s hard to get outside, and we have an indoor facility that we go to and it’s definitely helped us,” Monzingo said. “I’ve been on camera inside, working on that. We have a trackman that’s an incredible piece of equipment that we use and I think it’s definitely making a huge impact on our team.”
Now the Women’s Golf team will eagerly await the NCAA Women’s Golf Regional Selections held Monday April 25. Monzingo said she hopes Texas State is selected in the Southern Region which will be played at the Traditions Club in College Station. Monzingo said she is familiar with the course and it was an advantage to play in Texas.
The NCAA Women’s Regional Championships will be held from May 5-7.