Student teams from the University of Maryland's turf program won the student competitions held at the Sports Turf Managers Association in January, and at the Golf Industry Show earlier this month.

University of Maryland teams sweep STMA, GCSAA student competitions

Congratulations to all STMA Student Challenge participants for their exceptional performance on the 2014 exam. The Student Challenge is presented by SAFE and Founding Partner Hunter Industries. Ten two-year teams and 21 four-year teams competed for $4,000 awards in each division.

Winning the two-year competition was Mt. San Antonio College – Team 202. Kirkwood Community College – Team 201 took second place, and tied for third was Kirkwood Community College – Team 204 and Mt. San Antonio College – Team 209.

Winning the four-year competition was University of Maryland – Team 410. Virginia Tech University – Team 412 took second place, and tied for third was Purdue University – Team 419 and Colorado State University – Team 402. See the full results of the STMA Student Challenge here.

John Deere Golf announced that University of Maryland was the winning team of the 2014 GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl. Turf care students from colleges and universities across the country participated in the competition last week at GIS in Orlando. In addition to the traveling trophy and a check for $4,000, the winning team will also receive the opportunity to volunteer at TPC Sawgrass to experience first-hand what it’s like to prepare a course for a PGA tournament. The Michigan State University team also won the first ever Turf Bowl Tweet Rally, and, as a result, took home the $650 prize for demonstrating school spirit.