The Professional Grounds Management Society recognized UGL Services and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL with a Grand Award in the Society's 2010 Green Star Awards competition.
PGMS recognizes University of Miami and UGL Services
The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) recognized UGL Services and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. with a Grand Award in the Society’s 2010 Green Star Awards competition. The award was given in the Athletic Fields category for exceptional grounds maintenance. Winners were honored during the Society’s 2010 School of Grounds Management held in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 27-30.
“This is a great honor to receive,” said Chris Denson, UGL Services Athletic Grounds Manager at University of Miami. “It not only recognizes the efforts put in by our staff, but also UM’s commitment toward enriching their students’, staff and visitors’ lives through green spaces.”
The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, complementing other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction. Overall, PGMS presented seven Grand Awards, its highest honor, as well as 14 Honor Awards and 12 Merit Awards in 13 categories of competition.
“Chris and his staff provide championship caliber playing surfaces to our athletic programs on a year-round basis,” said Kirby Hocutt, UM Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “We want to celebrate this achievement, as well as thank the athletics grounds crew for their exceptional service.”
This is not the first award for UGL Services’ Denson at Miami. In 2007, UM also won the Grand Award from PGMS. In 2006, the Sports Turf Managers Association named the Greentree Fields the College Football Field of the Year.
Denson and his staff maintain the grounds at the Greentree Fields, Alex Rodriguez Park (Baseball), and Cobb Stadium (Soccer & Track & Field).
Perhaps no practice field is more legendary than Greentree, which has been the home practice grounds to five National Championship teams. Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field has been home to four National Champions in baseball and one of the most impressive streaks in major college athletics history. The Miami baseball team has made the NCAA postseason a mind-boggling 38 consecutive seasons, which is an NCAA record. Cobb Stadium has been the training and competitive surface for countless All-Americans and a handful of National Champions under the watchful eye of current head track coach Amy Deem.
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