Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide – has kicked off the third annual “Mowing Patterns Contest.”
Members wishing to enter can upload a photo of a unique design and also vote for submissions. Deadline to enter via Facebook is Friday, November 20 at 12 a.m. midnight EST. Winners will be announced Friday, December 4.
“With close to 50 applicants last year, we are excited to announce our most popular contest has returned for the third consecutive year,” 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.”
Last year’s winner was Ben Young, former Altoona Curve Head Groundskeeper who is currently the Memphis Redbirds Head Groundskeeper. Young won with his intricate “four patterns” design he produced at Peoples Natural Grass Field. After winning this award, Young was also featured in Ballpark Digest, PanStadia & Arena Management, Sports Illustrated, SportsField Management and Stadia, among others.
The 2013 inaugural winner was Joey Stevenson, Head Groundskeeper for the Indianapolis Indians. He is no stranger to receiving awards for Victory Field. Last year, 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 19-22) in San Diego, Calif.
Only STMA members are eligible to enter and previous winners will not be considered.
Earlier this year, readers submitted some of their personal favorite mowing patterns to us on Twitter. Click through the gallery below to see their work!