Tennessee Turfgrass - April / May 2018

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Roger Frazier

T o m Sam ples Prof ession al o f t he Year


Tom Samples Professional of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious and highest recognitions bestowed on a Tennessee turfgrass professional by the Tennessee Turfgrass Association. This award recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding devotion of time, talent and energy to the turfgrass industry. It is awarded to individuals who have given of themselves through the years for the betterment of the turfgrass industry. This award was named after Dr. Tom Samples who has devoted his time and career to the turfgrass industry. Dr. Samples has been a professor at the University of Tennessee for 30-plus years working predominantly in extension. His efforts have touched countless individuals working in golf, sports turf, sod production and lawn care in all of Tennessee’s 95 counties. The most recent recipient of this award is Roger Frazier, superintendent at the Marriott course, Cattails at Meadowview in Kingsport, Tennessee. When Roger Frazier talks about his career, it is obvious that it is one that has brought him great joy and a fair share of


Mr. Frazier accepts the award at the TTA Conference.

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