Minor League Baseball hosts 1st Sports Turf Clinic at the DAP
A couple days ago we helped out with Minor League Baseball’s first field maintenance clinic in Durham, NC at Durham Athletic Park. ( The old renovated Bull Durham Field) With 80+ people attending it was a major success. Weather threatened to change the event the evening before and actually it was lightly raining at dawn but within a couple hours the sun came through and the day was perfect.
Dr. Grady Miller was our keynote touching on winterization and educational assistance for the turf managers. John Cook VP of Business Operations was on hand from MiLB. Other speakers included Tracey Schenweis from Salem Red Sox, Scott Strickland from the Durham Bulls, Pat Coakley and Jeff Ferguson. We had about 15 minor league groundskeepers and 15 college turf managers on hand with rest being sponsors, parks & rec members and private school turf managers. We had a few sponsers that really helped make the event successful. Burnett, Turface, Carolina Green, John Deere and revels Tractor and turf along with Sand Hill Key sod farm.
Each session was broken down into turf management, infield maintenance and pitchers mound maintenance. We also had John Deere provide a program on equipment maintenance which was very well received. It was good day seeing friends and peers. Hats off to Josh Marden and Jill Russinko who manage the DAP! Great Job!!