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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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