Stars and Stripes mowing contest winner revealed


The Sports Turf Managers Association’s annual contest, which pits professional groundskeepers to produce patriotic-themed mowing patterns has revealed its winner.

Andrew Miller, who is the program advisor for the Brentsville Turf Grass Managment program in Nokesville, Virginia won with his ‘Friday Nights in Small Town USA’ field design at Donald Lambert Field.

In its fourth year, a record 31 entries were received via social media. The winning submission narrowly won by an even 100 likes; selected through Facebook’s voting platform. Miller’s intricate design generated more than 1,600 likes.

“This contest has become a pillar of our organization and we are always impressed, but not surprised, by the creativity and care our members put into their designs,” says Kim Heck, CEO of STMA. “Andrew embodies what our community stands for, teaching and inspiring the next generation.”

As a result of his win, Andrew has won a complimentary pass to the 2020 STMA Annual Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in Turf Grass Management, Andrew worked on the Virginia Tech groundscrew before moving on to the New York Mets. There he met Matt Brown, Head Groundskeeper of the Pittsburgh Pirates. After a stint at PNC Park, Miller moved over to Heinz Field to work for the city’s football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He then earned his Masters in Agricultural Education from Virginia Tech and has built the Brentsville program from the ground up.

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