FORE February 2011 : Page 45

KYLE SHOWS OFF HIS FASHION STYLE WITH SISTERS KRISTEN, KALEY AND FATHER, JEFF. So when Kyle launched his 5-iron into the air from 120 yards, it seemed perfectly natural that the ball would land on the green and roll straight into the cup for an ace. That’s Kyle. He may be only 54 inches tall, but he lives large. “I’m not trying to be super religious or any-thing,” Kyle’s mom, Regina, said. “But what we’ve been through from the beginning to now — it’s got to be God’s work. There’s no other explanation. He’s got a plan for Kyle.” A hole-in-one is mere kids’ stuff compared to what Kyle has both endured and enjoyed. In his short time, he has beaten a rare cancer that was probably only months from taking his life. He recovered to become something of a golf prod-igy, a boy with one eye who has an otherworldly swing honed without instruction. Charming the Pros He has met — and charmed — golf greats like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, as well as about 50 other pros. And his family has started a foundation, Through Kyle’s Eyes, that in the future they hope will find a cure for the cancer from which he suffered and spare others from the SCGA.ORG worry and heartache they’ve endured. “People are just inspired by him,” said Kyle’s dad, Jeff Lograsso, a Marine gunnery sergeant based at Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego. “As a father, I know he’s good. But other people will tell you, too. It just keeps going. Kyle makes people smile.” Kyle’s introduction to golf came only days before the horrible news. The Lograsso family — Kyle has two sisters, Kristen, 16, and Kaley, 14 — was based in Japan in 2004, and Jeff and Regina played on a Marine softball team that had traveled to South Korea for a tournament. On the hotel’s television, the Golf Channel was the only station on which people were speaking English. Kyle, nearly 2 at the time, was transfixed. No one in the family played or watched the game. But Kyle focused on the highlights and gripped the remote control like it was a golf club. He swung left-handed, even though he used his right hand for everything else. It was kind of spooky. “Golf meant nothing to us,” Regina recalled. Kyle thinks he remembers the epiphany. “I was like, ‘Oh, maybe when I get a little older “FROM THE DAYS HE FIRST STARTED GOLFING TO WHEN HE GOT SICK, WE’D WATCH THE GOLF CHANNEL WHEN TIGER WAS ON. IT KEPT HIM HAPPY. IT HELPED HIM GET THROUGH IT.” JANUAR Y/FEBRUAR Y 2011 | FORE Magazine | 45

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