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Nation’s #1 Turf Program

Terps Repeat  as  STMA  Na.onal  Champions

By Glori Hyman The University of Maryland has the number #1 turfgrass program in the country! Whether ranking golf course management or sports turf management, the Terps are at the top. Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) Advisor Dr. Kevin Mathias and his teams seized two national titles in as many weeks. “We had them scared from the start,” joked IAA student Brian Hogan when he and his teammates returned from San Antonio, TX with a national title from the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) 2014 Student Challenge held in conjunction with its winter conference on January 22-24. This year’s Student Challenge hosted 34 teams within the two and four year categories and the Terps team of Brian Hogan (IAA), Matt Park (IAA), Brent Waite (IAA) and Ryan Higgins (PSLA) won the gold with a score of 149.5 points. Virginia Tech placed second with a score of 141.0 while Purdue and Colorado State tied for third with scores of 139. As the reigning champions, Hogan said he felt eyes on them as their Maryland shirts elicited whispers of “there goes that Maryland team” from competing schools. His teammate Brent Waite admitted that the pressure of trying to repeat a win made him nervous and he commented on the anxiety the team felt right before the results were announced, but then the excitement kicked in when the University of See  Terps  #1,  pg.  6


University of  Maryland  coaches  and  team  members  at  the  2014  STMA  na<onal  conference  in  San   Antonia,  Texas.  From  leA  to  right  Brent  Waite,  Brian  Hogan,  Dr.  Kevin  Mathias,  MaH  Park,  Ryan  Higgins,   Gabe  Gammill,  and  Alex  Steinman  (coach)

Terps Grab  GCSAA  Turf  Bowl  Title

IAA sent  three  teams  and  two  coaches  to  Orlando,  FL  for  the  20th  Annual  Collegiate  Turf  Bowl  and  the   returned  with  1st  place  and  $4,000.

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INAGnews winter-spring 2014  

IAA news from winter and spring 2014.

INAGnews winter-spring 2014  

IAA news from winter and spring 2014.