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October 12, 2013

Kylie Crouch to be inducted into TTU Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 25


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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- She was instrumental in Tennessee Tech winning back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference women's golf championships in 2000 and 2001, Kylie Crouch also earned more all-tournament honores than any other player in program history. Those credentials have landed the Sparta, Tenn., native in the TTU Sports Hall of Fame.

Crouch is one of five people who will be inducted at the annual Hall of Fame Dinner, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25, in the Multipurpose Room of the Roaden University Center. The induction dinner is part of Homecoming festivities. Tickets for the dinner, or the Saturday afternoon game against Jacksonville State, can be purchased through the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center or by calling (931) 372-3940.

A member of the Golden Eagle women’s golf squad from 1997-2001, Crouch was a two-time Tennessee Tech President’s Award winner in 1999 and 2001. She was a major factor in Tech’s 119-21-5 win-loss record in the 2000-2001 season and was instrumental in the Golden Eagles’ capturing back-to-back OVC championships in 2000 and 2001.

Kylie maintained the best 18-hole average on the team (76.8 through 24 rounds) and was named all-tournament in eight of 12 contests in her senior season. She led the Golden Eagles in seven of 12 contests that year, received medalist honors at the 2000 Precept Invitational at Austin Peay and the EKU Lady Classic. She also placed third in the 2001 OVC Women’s Golf Championship. Additionally, as a senior Kylie was named a finalist for Tech’s 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Crouch set the program’s standard by earning a total of 12 all-tournament honors over the course of her career, more than any other player in the team’s history.

In 1999, in addition to capturing the President’s Award, Crouch led the team in five of 11 tournaments, earned all-tournament honors at the Eastern Kentucky Classic with a fifth place finish and placed third in the Ohio Valley Conference Championships to earn all-OVC honors for the first time in her career. She ranked second on the team as a sophomore in low average with an 81.7 score over the spring season. That year, Crouch placed seventh at Elon to help Tech secure a third place finish and won top honors at the 1999 Great Smokies Collegiate.

She was named the team MVP following the 1999 and 2001 seasons, and also was named Most Dedicated in both years. Crouch was chosen the Most Improved Player on the TTU squad in both 1998 and 1999. In her final season, while serving as team co-captain, she posted the low average of 76.8 and won her second Best Putter Award.

Prior to signing with Tennessee Tech under Bobby Nichols, Crouch was a four-year letterwinner at White County High School in golf and tennis, and earned Region and District Player of the Year honors. She ranked No. 6 in the state in golf in 1996 and helped her high school squad to the district championship that season. She graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.57 and was twice named to the Athletic Director’s honor roll. She earned her degree in multidisciplinary studies in December, 2001, finishing her undergraduate courses in 3 1/2 years. She enrolled in a master’s program in library science and played her final semester as a graduate student.

Following graduation, she was a teaching professional in Franklin, Tenn., and served as the Program Director for the Tennessee Golf Foundation at Golf House. She returned to Tennessee Tech as a volunteer assistant coach in 2008 for three seasons. In addition to serving as assistant coach for the Golden Eagles, she also operated a real estate appraisal business.