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Horticulture Students Defend Turf Title

Horticulture Students Defend Turf Title

March 13, 2017 - 12:58 AM

Mt. SAC horticulture students successfully defended their national title by taking first, third, and fourth place finishes among the 35 teams competing at the Sports Turf Managers Association’s Annual Conference held recently in Orlando, FL.

Mt. SAC’s team 207–which included students Ashley Simpkins, Ryan Ramirez, Gretchen Heimlich, and Sean McLaughlin–brought home the college’s sixth national championship and a $5,000 prize by winning first place.

In all, Mt. SAC had three teams competing this year in the annual Student Challenge, which consists of testing in areas such as soil management, sports field management, and water management.

The turf team is coached by Horticulture Professors Brian Scott and Chaz Perea.