Brendan Gonzales '19 is headed to Loyola Marymount University to play golf. The Friars golfer, who committed prior to his junior season shared, "LMU's golf program provides top-notch facilities, school investment into new on-campus practice areas, and opportunities to play that will continue to grow my skills towards my goal of becoming a PGA Tour golfer."
He went on to say, "The golf program has a lot of optimism. Coach D'Amore's goal is nothing short of winning an NCAA National Championship. His recent recruiting classes are exceptionally strong and I am excited to be apart of a growing program."
Gonzalez added that it was Coach D'Amore's vision for the program in addition to his attention to detail that made the choice easy for him knowing that LMU was the right fit.
He also noted, "LMU has outstanding academics and a student culture that will allow me to continue to grow as a person in addition to a golfer."
A four-year letterman by the time he graduates, Gonzalez has been a member of the last two CIF-SS Championship teams while helping the Friars win Trinity League titles his freshman through junior years. Individually, he was a 1st Team All-Trinity League selection in 2017 while also being named 2nd Team All-Orange County.
Gonzalez, who plans to study Business at LMU, is a member of CSF and the Finance Club at Servite in addition to making the Principal's High Honor Roll. He also volunteers at local community events including the CSUF Faley Games.
Gonzalez was one of four Friars from Servite's 2018 golf team to make a college commitment joining fellow Lion Kyle Kinnane '18 as well as seniors Jack Rahon (Seattle University) and Chad Deegan (US Naval Academy).
Outside of Servite, Gonzalez has put together an impressive resumé which includes the following:
- 2018 USGA Four-Ball Championship qualified
- 2017 AJGA Transamerica Scholastic Honor Roll
- 2017 AJGA Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award Nominee
- 2016 USGA US Jr Amateur Championship Match Play round of 64
- 2014 San Diego Junior Golf Player of the Year
- 2013 Top Ten Callaway Junior World Championship
- 2012 Future Champions Golf Tour Player of the Year
Gonzalez knows he wouldn't have received this opportunity without the support of many influential people in his life. He expressed gratitude saying, "Thank you to my parents, and my extended family, for your sacrifices and your continual belief in my abilities through the years. Thank you to my swing coach of the past 6 years, Kehli Bowen, for developing my game and shaping the player I am today. Thank you to my trainer, Walt Shedd and my speech pathologist Christi Owen." He continued by saying, "Thank you to Coach Jako for investing his time and energy into the Servite golf program. He has taught me how to be an effective leader within a team atmosphere and continues to provide the environment where my teammates and I can be successful."
Servite congratulates Brendan and wishes him the best of luck his senior year and as he looks toward college.