Parkview Field head groundskeeper Keith Winter wins prestigious award
Parkview Field head groundskeeper Keith Winter has been honored with the award for 2017 “Field of the Year” for professional baseball by the Sports Turf Managers Association.
The award is given by the professional association of 2,700 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Winter, who oversees the field for Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball games and other events at the stadium, has won many awards for his work.
“Each year our Awards Committee independently selects the safest and most playable natural grass playing surfaces exemplifying the sports turf manager’s hard work and dedication,” Sports Turf Managers Association CEO Kim Heck said in a release. “With an increase in applicants year over year, we are ecstatic to see the growing number of outstanding sports turf managers continually raise the bar with the fields they prepare and maintain.”
A panel of 13 judges rank the entries based on “playability, appearance of surfaces, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program.”
Parkview Field was one of two awards given for professional fields. The other went to Moneygram Soccer Park Field 8 at the FC Dallas in Frisco, Texas. Several colleges, schools and parks were also honored.
The award will be presented at the 29th annual STMA Conference & Exhibition on Jan. 16-19 in Fort Worth, Texas.