The Sports Turf Managers Association has kicked off its 4th annual “Mowing Patterns Contest.”
Members wishing to enter can upload a photo of a unique design; only patterns made with mowing equipment are eligible. Deadline to enter via Facebook is Friday, November 18 at 12 a.m. midnight EST. The pattern that receives the most votes will win the contest. Voting is open to all Facebook users. Winners will be announced Friday, December 2 and included in a future issue of SportsTurf, STMA’s official monthly publication.
“Sports turf managers prepare all year for this; we are thrilled with last year’s positive response and look forward to what this year has in store,” says Kim Heck, CEO of STMA. “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.”
Last year’s winner was Blake Anderson, current Assistant Director of Sports Turf Operations at the University of Arkansas. Anderson 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 (January 24-27) in Orlando, Fla.
Only STMA members are eligible to enter and previous winners will not be considered; patterns must have been made with a mower and not other technology.
STMA is the not-for-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, the association and its 34 local chapters have been providing education, information and sharing practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. Its more than 2,600 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.