This week, the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) announced the 2017 Field of the Year winners.
The 2017 winners include:
- BASEBALL: Parkview Field at Ft. Wayne Tincaps (Fort Wayne, Indiana): Keith Winter, Head Groundskeeper
- SOCCER: Moneygram Soccer Park Field 8 at FC Dallas (Frisco, Texas): Troy Crawford, Director of Grounds
College and University
- BASEBALL: Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park at University of South Carolina Upstate (Spartanburg, South Carolina): Travis Dill, Sports Turf Technician
- FOOTBALL: Historic Grant Field at Georgia Tech University (Atlanta, Georgia): Chris May, Director of Athletic Grounds
- SOCCER: Osborne Stadium at Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia): Brian Hinkley, CSFM, Athletic Field Manager
- SOFTBALL: Patricia Wilson Field at Stetson University (DeLand, Florida): Steve Barnard, Field Maintenance Technician
- SPORTING GROUNDS: 5/3 Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State (Kennesaw, Georgia): Shane Hohlbein, CSFM, Sports Turf Manager
Schools and Parks
- BASEBALL: McLean County PONY Baseball (Bloomington, Illinois): Andy Ommen, Head Groundskeeper
- FOOTBALL: Cowboys Field at Jim Warren Park (Franklin, Tennessee): John Wagnon, Athletic Crew Chief
- SOCCER: Longfellow Park at Park District of Oak Park (Oak Park, Illinois): Travis Stephen, Sports Field Manager
- SOFTBALL: Blue Eagle Softball Complex at Clover School District (Clover, South Carolina): Will Rogers, CSFM, Sports Turf Manager
- SPORTING GROUNDS: Pleasantview Championship Field at City of Boulder (Boulder, Colorado): John Cogdill, Manager
“Each year our Awards Committee independently selects the safest and most playable natural grass playing surfaces exemplifying the sports turf manager’s hard work and dedication,” says Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of STMA. “With an increase in applicants year over year, we are ecstatic to see the growing number of outstanding sports turf managers continually raise the bar with the fields they prepare and maintain.”
Rogers has now received this honor four times (2014, 2015, 2016), each in a different sporting category. Three-time winners include Hohlbein (2015, 2016) and Cogdill (2014, 2015). “Field of the Year” award winners for the second time include Barnard (2011) and May (2014).
According to the association, a panel of 13 judges independently scored entries based on playability, the appearance of surfaces, use of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program.
Awards will be presented at the 2018 STMA Conference & Exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 16-19, 2018.