The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) has announced the third annual Mowing Patterns Contest winner as Blake Anderson, assistant director of sports turf operations at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
Anderson was selected via a Facebook voting contest from Oct. 21 to Nov. 20 for his design at Baum Stadium, home to the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team. Tyler Carr, his student assistant, helped craft the mowing pattern.
“Blake is our first winner at the collegiate level, and he has set a high bar for future winners,” says Kim Heck, CEO of STMA. “His work at Baum Stadium is not only stunning for viewers, but the student-athletes who use the field benefit from its well-maintained and safe playing surface.”
Formerly the Assistant Grounds Manager at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Anderson’s resume also includes experience with the Atlanta Braves and Lexington Legends, the Single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in sports management.
Last year’s winner was Ben Young, former Altoona Curve head groundskeeper who is currently the Memphis Redbirds head groundskeeper. The inaugural winner was Joey Stevenson, head groundskeeper for the Indianapolis Indians.
Anderson’s design will have a custom poster featured at the 2016 STMA Conference & Exhibition, which will be held Jan. 19-22 in San Diego.