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Sports Turf Managers Association Kicks Off Sixth Annual ‘Mowing Patterns Contest’

(LAWRENCE, Kan.) – Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – comprised of more than 2,700 professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athletes’ safety – kicks off its sixth annual “Mowing Patterns Contest.” Members craft unique patterns for eligibility to win complimentary registration to the 2019 STMA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. Entries are submitted via Facebook before Nov. 16; only patterns produced with mowing equipment qualify. The general public may vote on Facebook from Nov. 17 – 23. The design receiving the largest number of votes, upon verification, will be announced on Nov. 26. “We’re constantly impressed by the imaginative and aesthetically pleasing designs our members create while maintaining safe playing surfaces,” says Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of STMA. “This contest offers an opportunity to showcase some of these incredible works of art.” Last year’s winner was Kelly Rensel, Head Groundskeeper at the Great Lakes Loons (Midland, Mich.), Single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rensel’s intricate design featured the Loons’ logo mowed into the outfield ahead of the 2017 Midwest League All-Star Game at Dow Diamond. The Mowing Patterns winning design will have a custom poster featured at the 2019 STMA Conference & Exhibition (Jan. 22 – 25) in Phoenix, Ariz. More than 1,600 leaders in the sports turf industry will gather in the Valley of the Sun for four days of cutting-edge sports turf education, dedicated networking functions and exhibitor demonstrations. With eight educational tracks, topics include turfgrass management, facility management, synthetic, pest control, water, industry developments, baseball and professional development. Only STMA members are eligible to enter and previous winners will not be considered. More information: 800.323.3875.

About STMA 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. More than 2,700 members across 34 local chapters oversee facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums. Sports include football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, rugby and horse racing.

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