Monos eighth overall in Hawaii Classic |

Monos eighth overall in Hawaii Classic

Darin Olde, Tribune staff writer

South Tahoe High School’s sole representative in the TourneySport USA Hawaii Classic golf tournament didn’t disappoint her school.

In fact, she won an award for her driving.

Monos, who will be a Viking senior, took eighth overall out of 17 of the nation’s top high school golfers earlier this month with a score of 56-over par 271 at the three golf courses at Kapalua Resort on the island of Maui.

Monos shot a 95 on the Bay Course, a 91 on the Plantation course, and an 85 on The Village Course on a day when the wind was less a factor.

Monos was selected from among 600 applicants nationwide to participate in the special invitational scratch individual event.

STHS girls golf coach Marsha Butler nominated Monos last winter because she is South Tahoe’s top golfer, finishing 11th at state last year, and because she has a 4.0 grade point average.

Monos also earned an award in the Hawaii Classic by hitting the most fairways with 78 percent accuracy. She took home a plaque for her driving excellence.

Among the advantages of attending the event is exposure to college recruiters.

Monos, who will graduate from South Tahoe in the spring, hoped to generate interest in her college golfing aspirations by playing in the event and speaking with the event’s college liaison.

Monos said she spoke with the recruiter, and that he plans to keep in touch.

Although that was one of the main objectives of the program, the experience and the golf was worth it alone.

“It was amazing. It was so neat in that competition and playing those courses,” Monos said Monday. “They were absolutely beautiful. It was an experience of a lifetime.”

Besides golf, Monos said she bonded with girls from all over the country grew both as a person and as a golfer.

“I definitely learned patience on the golf aspect,” she said. “It was fun to golf with girls that are even or better. We all had the same goals … it was really neat.”

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