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Malone University teeing up to celebrate 50 years of golf!

August 20, 2013 | Release # 6692


Malone University will celebrate 50 years of Pioneers - Men's Golf on Saturday, September 7. The day will begin with an alumni golf scramble at Sable Creek Golf Course, located at 5942 Edison Street NE, Hartville, Ohio. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Golfers and non-golfers alike are invited to enjoy the 50 years of Pioneers banquet that evening at Hartville Kitchen, located at 1015 Edison St NW, Hartville, Ohio. Registration begins at 6 p.m., with the banquet and program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $100 for golf and banquet; banquet only is $25 adults, $10 children ages 2-10.

RSVP by calling the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 330-588-ALUM.

The Malone Pioneer golf team has been coached for the past 40 years by the University's first national championship individual title holder, Coach Ken Hyland. Under his direction, Malone has captured 29 Conference/Region/District Titles, four NCCAA National Championships (1999, 2000, 2004, 2008), and one NAIA National Title (2000).

2012 was no exception as Hyland led the Pioneers to a first-place finish at the Ohio Independent Championships. With the 2012 OIC Title, Malone capped off the first-ever undefeated season in the history of the program as the Pioneers won each of the six spring tournaments in which they competed.

This impressive 2012 showing followed an outstanding 2011 campaign in which the squad captured its eighth straight American Mideast Conference crown and a fourth-place finish at the NAIA National Championships.

In 2010, Ken was voted by his peers as the NAIA National Coach of the Year after guiding his squad to a third-place showing at NAIA Nationals. That same year, Ken's top golfer, Justin Lower, claimed the individual NAIA National Title to join Hyland as the only individual national champions in the history of the Malone golf program.

Ken graduated from Malone University in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in history and physical education and received his master's degree from the University of Akron in 1972. While a student at Malone, he became the school's first All-American and first National Champion when he captured medalist honors at the 1969 NAIA National Golf Championship in Ft. Worth, Texas. Since graduation, he has won the Ohio Public Links Championship along with many local and club championships.

Ken has been named to the NAIA Golf Hall of Fame (1977), the Malone Athletics Hall of Fame (1986), and the O.P.G.A. Golf Hall of Fame (1998), where he is presently serving as the association's president. This past December in Las Vegas, Ken was also inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame.

He has been named District 22, Mid-Ohio Conference, or American Mideast Conference Coach of the Year a remarkable 23 times and has coached 18 All-Americans and 68 All-District/All-Conference players. 2010 marked the second time that Ken has earned the NAIA's National Coach of the Year award as he also received the honor in 2000 after leading his team to its first-ever national championship. He has also garnered four NCCAA National Coach of the Year awards (following each of the Pioneers' NCCAA National Titles) during his distinguished career.

In addition, he guided the U.S.A. Golf Team to a World Championship and a gold medal in the World University Games played in Lausanne, Switzerland. Hyland also had another international coaching opportunity this past June as he led Team USA to a Top 5 finish at the 2012 Junior Golf World Cup in Toyota City, Japan.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015  , and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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