Kyle Kinnane '18 has committed to play collegiate golf at Loyola Marymount University, the Friars junior announced on Twitter earlier this month.
Kinnane shared his reasoning for picking LMU saying, "I chose LMU because I liked the small campus feel and it is centrally located in LA. The campus is close, but just far enough away from home. I like the fact that I will still be able to enjoy and play golf in the warm Southern California weather. He went on to say, "I also chose the University because I liked how in the six months Coach D'Amore has been at LMU, he has already started building an all grass practice facility on campus. He has a clear vision on where he wants to take the golf program. Coach D'Amore's goal is nothing short of winning golf Championships and that is the type of person I want to play for."
A four-year letter winner for the Friars by the time he graduates in 2018, Kinanne has already put together quite a resume with just two seasons under his belt. He finished as a 1st Team All-League golfer both years while advancing to the CIF-SS Individual tournament. He was named OC Varsity Athlete of the Week in April after shooting a 3-under-par 33 at Coto de Caza Country Club to help the Friars set a new school record of 172, 8-under. He was also named 1st Team All-Orange following his sophomore season in which he medaled in 11 matches and averaged a 35.5. In addition, he helped lead the Servite Golf team to an undefeated season, two Trinity League titles and a CIF-SS Championship.
Kinanne is currently ranked 29th nationally for the Class of 2018 according to the Golfweek rankings, is the defending Southern California Jr. PGA Toyota Tour Cup Champion and had two top five finishes in nationally ranked American Junior Golf Association tournaments.
Servite Head Golf Coach Dane Jako shared, "Kyle has worked very hard on his game, he is a great team player and LMU is very lucky to have such a fine young man. This is an awesome reward for all of his hard work and I know he will continue to work to get even better." He continued, "It has been my pleasure to have coached him over the past 2 years. The great news for Servite is he still has 2 more years with us and more championships to win with his teammates here while continuing the Servite golf tradition and following in the footsteps of all of the great players that have played before him."
When he's not golfing, Kinnane is involved in JSA on the Servite campus and has volunteered at the Faley Games and for various fundraisers benefitting the OC Alzheimer's Association. He is also working to get his dog Shaylee certified to be a therapy dog so that he can take her to hospitals and retirement homes.
Kinnane is very grateful for this opportunity saying, "I would like to thank my swing coach, Kehli Bowen, for teaching me and being a great mentor since I was 10 years old. I would like to thank my Servite High School golf coach, Dane Jako, for furthering my mental process on the golf course and teaching me how to be an effective leader. It is great to be a part of Servite's winning golf program and Coach Jako is a big reason why we are 43-1 in the last 2 years. I also would like to thank my family for supporting me and making financial sacrifices so I could travel to tournaments throughout the country and further my golf career."
Servite High School would like to congratulate Kyle on this exciting accomplishment and wish him the best of luck at LMU.