STMA Highest Honors Presented

At the Sports Turf Managers Associationís (STMA) 16th Annual Conference, four Founders Awards were presented. Among the four winners was Kevin Meredith from the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He received the George Toma Golden Rake Award that acknowledges an individualís strong work ethic and job performance.

Meredith is the sports turf manager at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., a position he has held for the past 14 years. In 2000, he won the STMA Soccer Field of the Year for a municipality. He is a member of the New York State Turfgrass Association and is Class A member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. He belongs to the Central New York Chapter of GCSAA and is the Superintendent at River Greens Par 3 in Oneonta.

Also receiving awards was Steve LeGros, G.C.A. Services at the University of New Hampshire, who received The Dick Ericson Award, which is given to a sports turf manager who positively impacts the sports turf industry and exhibits effective team leadership. Dr. A.J. Powell, University of Kentucky, was awarded the Dr. William H. Daniel Award, which acknowledges his significant contributions to the sports turf industry through research, teaching and extension outreach. The Harry C. Gill Memorial Award was presented to Lynda Wightman of Hunter Industries. The Gill Award recognizes an individual for his or her hard work in the sports turf industry and acknowledges dedication and service to the STMA.

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