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Mowing pattern contest calls for entries


November 1, 2016
By Mike Jiggens

The Sports Turf Managers Association has kicked off its fourth annual “Mowing Patterns Contest,” promoting unique designs mowed onto sports fields.

The competition is open through to Nov. 18 and is open to all STMA members worldwide, including Canada. The association represents about 2,600 professional sports turf managers.

Those entering the competition are asked to upload a photograph of their field design, but only patterns made with mowing equipment are eligible. The deadline to enter via Facebook is Friday, Nov. 18 at midnight EST. The pattern which receives the most votes will win the contest. Voting is open to all Facebook users. Winners will be announced Friday, Dec. 2 and included in a future issue of SportsTurf, STMA’s official monthly publication.

“Sports turf managers prepare all year for this,” said Kim Heck, CEO of STMA. “We are thrilled with last year’s positive response and look forward to what this year has in store. Some of the best field art in the world is produced by our members, and this contest provides a prime opportunity for them to showcase their creative styles on a national level.”

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Last year’s winner was Blake Anderson, current assistant director of sports turf operations at the University of Arkansas. He won with his intricate “four patterns” design he produced at Baum Stadium, home to the Razorbacks baseball team.

The 2013 inaugural winner was Joey Stevenson, head groundskeeper for the Indianapolis Indians. He is no stranger to receiving awards for Victory Field. In 2014, the Purdue graduate received the “Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award” for the third year in a row from STMA and Minor League Baseball in the Triple-A division.

The mowing patterns winning design will have a custom poster featured at the 2016 STMA Conference & Exhibition (Jan. 24-27) in Orlando, Fla. Only STMA members are eligible to enter and previous winners will not be considered.

To enter and upload a photo of a unique sports field mowing pattern, visit this link.


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