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Bloom takes helm of IWU golf program

Indiana Wesleyan Director of Athletics Mark DeMichael announced Friday the hiring of PGA Professional Kyle Bloom as Director of Golf. Bloom, a 1996 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan, will continue to serve as the Executive Director of University Relations for Indiana Wesleyan.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Kyle Bloom to the IWU Athletic Family as our new Director of Golf,” said DeMichael. “Kyle has a vast amount of experience in the golfing world and is an elite teacher of the game. Most importantly, Kyle has a vibrant relationship with the Lord and a passion to use golf as a means for ministry, mission and transforming lives for God’s Kingdom.”

Bloom is no stranger to the game of golf, having served as a PGA Professional since 1998. Bloom worked at prominent Indiana Golf Courses during his time before purchasing The Edge Golf Courses (Anderson, Ind.) in April of 2015. Highly respected by his fellow golfers, Bloom was named Indiana Section PGA Assistant Professional of the Year in 1998.

“Using the game of golf to live the mission of the University and the Athletic department is an exciting opportunity,” said Bloom. “I can’t wait to see how the Lord will use each one of our athletes to have an impact on their world.”

A dual-sport athlete during his time with the Wildcats, Bloom was a member of two League Championships, while also winning the 1995 NCCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and the 1997 NCCAA Men’s Golf Championship.

With the change in leadership, Lorne Oke will now serve as an assistant coach on the women’s side while Keith Ruberg will continue to serve as an assistant coach on the men’s side.

Wildcat golf kicks off the fall on August 30th with the women hosting the IWU Fall Kick-Off Invitational at Arbor Trace Golf Course in Marion while the men will head to Lima, Ohio for the UNOH Fall Invitational.College athletics

Taylor athletics paces NAIA in academic excellence

For the seventh-consecutive year, all the athletic programs at Taylor University earned NAIA Scholar-Team status after attaining a collective grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher during the 2018-2019 year.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced that 1,883 teams from around the nation earned Scholar-Team recognition by posting a team GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

All 19 of Taylor’s programs made the mark, ranking the institution first in the NAIA among schools to see each of their teams honored. The Trojans saw 18 of their 19 programs post a GPA of 3.20 or better to rank second in the nation in that classification and rated 10th overall with the 19 Scholar-Teams.

TU had 15 at 3.30 and above, with eight squads posting marks of 3.50 and above.

Girls golf

Oak Hill 195, Frankton 226

The Golden Eagles moved to 1-0 on the young season with by beating their CIC-rivals on Thursday. 

Hope Mygrant fired a 38 to earn medalist honors and lead Oak Hill while Morgan Nelson added a 45. Holly Gillespie shot 52, Bailey Dewitt had 60, Abby Malott finished with 63 and Savanna Saylor carded a 66.

Oak Hill travels to Blackford on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Marion competes at Manchester

Maddie Endsley and Bayley Grieve both shot 62 for the Giants in the Manchester Invitational on Thursday. Freshman Savanna Grieve shot a 71 in her first varsity match.

No other details were reported.