Profile of new Little League World Series groundskeeper

If you watched any of the Little League World Series Aug. 20-30 — on TV or in person – you quickly noticed the high quality of the fields at both Howard J. Lamade Stadium and Little League Volunteer Stadium, in South Williamsport, PA.

Like many of the highest-profile sports playing surfaces around the world, they have been entrusted to a Penn State turfgrass science or turfgrass management graduate. New Little League International groundskeeper Rob Guthrie is a 2007 graduate of the turfgrass management program in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Guthrie’s professional journey to South Williamsport, about 130 miles northwest of Philadelphia, is unique, to say the least. After graduating from Penn State, he worked as a spray technician at a Pennsylvania golf resort and conference center, followed by jobs as assistant golf course superintendent at two Pennsylvania country clubs.

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