Dylan Kinney, a senior on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Men’s Golf team, was born and raised with the sport around him. From age 5 and on, Kinney played with his dad on the golf course. He graduated from Shelton High School in Shelton, Wash., and went on to play two years of golf at a community college in his home state before transferring to ERAU.
Kinney’s favorite thing about golf is that it is “very challenging, and every course and every day has a new challenge ahead.” Because golf is so difficult, Kinney says he has learned great self-control that he has been able to utilize outside of the sport as well. Although he often gets frustrated, he does not let the little things in life bring him down.
Kinney also appreciates his team’s dynamic, and says that it is great to work alongside people who not only want the best for themselves, but for the whole team. His teammates make the time spent on the course an enjoyable and more memorable experience.
When asked what advice he has for younger players getting into the sport, Kinney said to “stay focused on your sport no matter how hard it can be and it will pay off in the end. Just keep thinking about when you’ll be able to look back on college and see that you made an impression at your school.” For those not yet in college, he said to “keep your grades up throughout high school. It matters when you are trying to go to college.”
After graduation, Kinney hopes to go back to the Pacific Northwest to become a flight instructor to build hours. Afterwards, he would like to find a job in corporate aviation. Kinney says he will never stop playing golf, and looks forward to being able to play in tournaments outside of college for many years to come.
“I would like to thank my parents for their support of me, on and off the course,” Kinney said. “I would also like to thank my coaches, Mike and Kim Haddow for giving me this opportunity to play on their team.” Finally, Kinney would like to thank his team “for always being there for me if I need anything, and the rest of my family and friends who have supported me in my decisions to come to ERAU and play for such a good program.”