Golf earns Crouch a spot in the TTU Hall of Fame
By Sparta Live | October 27, 2013 12:00 am
White County athletes often go on to make names for themselves after their playing days at WCHS.
Many even have such prolific careers at the next level that they earn spots in their respective university’s Hall of Fame.
Kylie Crouch joins that list.
Crouch, a 1997 graduate of White County High School and a 2001 graduate of Tennessee Tech, is one of the five newest members of the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame. Crouch becomes the third WCHS alum to be inducted at TTU. Brothers, Kenneth and Ralph Broyles, are already in the school’s elite list.
The honorees had their official induction ceremony and dinner on Friday night during homecoming week at TTU and was honored on the field during the homecoming football game against Jacksonville State.
Crouch excelled on the golf course wearing both the maroon and gray and purple and gold.
While playing for the Golden Eagles, Crouch was a key contributor helping Tech win back to back Ohio Valley Conference women’s golf championships in 2000 and 2001. During her four years (1997-2001) as a TTU golfer, Crouch earned more all tournament honors (12) than any other player in program history. She was also named team MVP two times during her career (1999 and 2001).
On receiving the honor at TTU, Crouch commented, “I want to say thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to be a small part of the rich tradition of Tennessee Tech athletics. This honor is one of those dreams that an athlete has floating around in your head but you are afraid to say it out loud because it seems too good to be true. Whether it is next week, or fifty years from now, this weekend will always be one of the special memories in my life.”
During the 2000-01 season, she was a major fact in helping Tech to a 119-21-5 record. She was a two-time Tennessee Tech President’s Award winner taking the honors in 1999 and 2001.
During her senior season, Crouch was named all tournament in eight of the 12 contests in which the team played. She maintained the best 18-hole average on the team. Through 24 rounds of that season, she averaged a 76.8. Her scores were team best in seven of the 12 contests that Tech played in that year. She received medalist honors at the 2000 Precept Invitational hosted by Austin Peay and also at the EKU Lady Classic. Crouch placed third in the 2001 OVC Women’s Golf Championship.
During the 1999 season, Crouch led the team in five of 11 tournaments, earned all tournament honors at the EKU Classic finishing fifth and placed third in the OVC championships. That would net her All –OVC honors for the first time in her career. That season, her sophomore year, she ranked second on the team in low average with an 81.7.
In addition to her MVP honors in 1999 and 2001, Crouch was also named Most Dedicated on the team during both of those seasons. In her first two seasons, 1998 and 1999, she was named Most Improved Player. As a team co-captain in her final season, she won her second Best Putter Award.
Crouch was named to the Athletic Director’s honor roll two times and graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.57. She finished her undergraduate course work in 3 ½ years earning a degree in multidisciplinary studies. In order to play her final semester of college golf, she enrolled in a master’s program in library science.
All of that on the course, plus her work in the classroom, made Crouch a finalist for Tech’s 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Prior to signing for Coach Bobby Nichols at TTU, Crouch was leading the WCHS girls’ golf team in much the same fashion. She earned spots in the TSSAA state tournament three of the four years she played for the Warriorettes. She helped the Warriorette team to the District 7AAA championship in 1996. Crouch was named District 7AAA and Region 4AAA Player of the year. She finished sixth in the state as a senior.
Crouch currently operates a real estate appraisal business. Upon graduation from TTU, she worked as a teaching profession in Franklin and served as the program director for the Tennessee Golf Foundation at Golf House.
Following graduation, she was a teaching professional in Franklin, Tenn., and served as the Program Director for the Tennessee Golf Foundation at Golf House. Crouch also returned to her alma mater and did a stint as a volunteer assistant for the Golden Eagle women from 2005-1010. She returned to Tennessee Tech as a volunteer assistant coach in 2008 for three seasons.
Kylie Crouch is just another example of the impact White County’s athletes make beyond their playing days in the maroon and gray.