Virginia Tech students place second in the national Sports Turf Managers Association [STMA] competition.
The STMA [the national association for managers of athletic fields] has a “Student Challenge” competition for teams from two and four year university programs located across America. The three hour test consists of sections on sports field management topics such as: turfgrass identification, insects, diseases and weeds, infield maintenance, fertility, cultivation, and irrigation as well as a written problem-solving case study. The challenge is divided into two groups: the two year and four year programs. This year (2012) the Virginia Tech four year team placed second out of 35 teams. They missed winning the National Championship by 1.5 points. The VT team placed second in 2011 also. Virginia Tech has competed in the “Student Challenge” since it started in 2005.The students are members of the Virginia Tech Turfgrass Club which is advised by Dr. Erik Ervin. The teams receive travel funds from the Virginia Sports Turf Managers Association, Virginia Turfgrass Council, and Hunter Industries.