By Damian Dottore
CHINO HILLS – Kyle Kinnane and Jack Rahon know how to do only one thing with Servite's golf team: finish first.
The Friars' 183-191 victory against JSerra on Wednesday at Western Hills Country Club gave Kinnane and Rahon their fourth consecutive Trinity League boys golf championship at the school.
During that span, Rahon and Kinnane went 39-1 with their lone loss coming earlier this month in a home match against rival Mater Dei.
It has been an impressive run for the Friars duo in one of the most competitive leagues in the CIF Southern Section, but Kinnane shrugged off the accomplishment.
"It's cool, but we still have that one loss in there. It was at home. It is irritating," Kinnane said. "But four championships four years in a row, we are fine. We will live."
Kinnane used two birdies and two bogeys to earn medalist honors with an even-par 35 while Rahon rallied from 4-over start through his first four holes to post a 37 and help Servite (20-1, 9-1) win its fifth league title in a row, the longest streak in school history.
"We do care about it (the championship streak) a little bit," Rahon said. "It does give us confidence heading into CIF. We have a lot of depth."
Servite coach Dane Jako said this team is likely the best team that he has had during this historic run. All nine players who teed off for Servite on Wednesday broke 40.
The highest round among the five scoring players was a 38 turned in by Chad Deegan. Nic Harrison and Ben Hong added a 36 and 37, respectively, as Servite lowered its nine-hole scoring average at Western Hill to 182.4.
"They (Kinnane and Rahon) have kind of gotten used to winning, and most of the time they have won without a lot of stress," Jako said. "Because I have been with them so long and know them so long – I knew they were coming to Servite two years out – it makes it more special. They are good kids and good students. What they did is real special. It is hard to keep that edge every single day and play it as a championship match, when you know you are going to beat them by 30."
Connor Brown and Kyle Dougherty posted a 36 and 37 to lead JSerra (11-3, 6-3), which will close out the season on Thursday with a match against Mater Dei at Santa Ana Country Club. A victory by the Lions would give them second place on a tiebreaker. JSerra won the teams' first meeting of the season at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club by three strokes.