The winner of the Sports Turf Managers Association’s (STMA) third-annual mowing patterns contest is Blake Anderson, assistant director of sports turf operations at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Arkansas).
Anderson is the first collegiate recipient of the award and was selected via a Facebook voting contest for his intricate design at Baum Stadium, home of the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team.
Tyler Carr, Anderson’s 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,” said 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 (Atlanta, Georgia), Anderson’s résumé; includes experience with the Atlanta Braves and Lexington Legends, the single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Anderson graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in sports management.
Last year’s winner was Ben Young, the former Altoona Curve head groundskeeper who is now the Memphis Redbirds head groundskeeper. Young won with his intricate “Four Patterns” design he produced at Peoples Natural Grass Field.
The contest’s inaugural winner was Joey Stevenson, head groundskeeper for the Indianapolis Indians.