STMA kicks off fourth annual Mowing Patterns Contest

November 1, 2016
Last year's winner was Blake Anderson, Director of Sports Turf Operations at the University of Arkansas. Anderson won with his intricate design he produced at Baum Stadium.

Last year’s winner was Blake Anderson, Director of Sports Turf Operations at the University of Arkansas. Anderson won with his intricate design he produced at Baum Stadium.

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) kicked off the fourth 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, Nov. 18 at 12 a.m. midnight EST.

The pattern which receives the most votes will win the contest. Voting is open to all Facebook users. Winners will be announced Dec. 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 2017 STMA Conference & Exhibition, which will be held Jan. 24-27 in Orlando, Fla.

Only STMA members are eligible to enter and previous winners will not be considered.

Photo: Arkansas Razorbacks Athletics / Blake Anderson

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