By Damian Dottore
CHINO HILLS – It took a loss to turn Servite into an undefeated Trinity League champion this season.
Kyle Kinnane, a three-year varsity golfer for the Friars, said that one result still haunts him even though it happened more than one year ago. It is a feeling, he said, that the Friars never want to feel again.
"After that," he said, "we never wanted to lose again."
They haven't Now, losing happens so rarely, the Friars expect to win every time they tee off. On Thursday at Western Hills Country Club, No. 1 Servite beat JSerra, 186-206, in the regular season finale to complete its second undefeated season in three years. During that span, the Friars are 66-1. The Friars were 23-0 and 10-0 in league this season.
"It was just one match at a time though. That is how we looked at it. He (Coach Dane Jako) prepares us for every match of the year," Kinnane said. "Every match that we go into, we are ready. We want to win.
Since Long Beach Wilson edges Servite by one stroke in an 18-hole match last season at Recreation Park Golf Course, the result which Kinnane said changed the Friars, Servite is 36-0.
"We had high expectations going into the season," Kinnane said, "Again, we just took it one match at a time, and it just happened to end 23-0."
Kinnane led the Friars on Thursday, earning medalist honors, shooting a 1-under par 34 on a windy day in Chino Hills. All five scoring Friars broke 40 in the match as Jack Rahon added a 37 while Dylan McCoy and Cameron Xiao each added a 38. Alex Hanz helped set the final margin with his 39.
"It (66-1) looks good. But I would say that it would be impressive to me if we would have won CIF last year," Jako said. "It is great to go 23-0, but if you don't win CIF, then it is forgotten quickly. They need to stay focused on what they need to do. They can have fun for a couple days, but then it is time to focus."
They Friars will travel to Whispering Lakes Golf Course in Ontario for the CIF-SS Western Team Regional on May 15, a tournament in which the finished second to Mater Dei last year.
"I told them that they are as good, or maybe even better, than the best teams that we have had here," Jako said. "But they won't be considered the best unless you win the title, so they know where they need to be."