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The Gateway STMA is hosting the 3rd Annual STMA Fundraiser Trivia Night Saturday September 13th

The Gateway STMA is hosting the 3rd Annual STMA Fundraiser Trivia Night, Saturday September 13th, at the Maryland Heights Community Center. Trivia night will consist of ten different themed rounds with each round being 10 questions. General Knowledge questions for ages 21 and older. Mulligans will be available for purchase by each table. Beer, wine, and assorted soda will be provided. Please feel free to bring any food and/or beverages for your own table. There will be silent auction items, 50/50 raffle, giveaways and much more. We have a limit of 50 tables (8 per table) which will go fast so register ASAP. In order to reserve a table you need to have a minimum of 6 players. If you wish to buy or sponsor a table the price will be $200/ table. Individual tickets will be $25. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the 3rd Annual Gateway STMA Trivia Night will start promptly at 7pm.

With the funds we raised in the past, we have been able to send more and more members to the National STMA conference and support the MU turf club in theor competition at the student challenge.  We are able to continue to offer FREE educational field days and workshops.  Funds also are vital to assist professors at MU in developing and completing turfgrass research as it relates to this region of the country. With our assistance in targeting specific research programs with these funds, the information gained continues to be quite relative and invaluable in the day to day operations at your facility.

While there is no set goal relative to the funds we anticipate generating, we do have a lofty goal for this event as it relates to our members of the GSTMA. As the funds raised at this event directly benefits each member of this association, we are asking and expecting each member to get involved. Yes, we are expecting 100% participation for this fun Trivia Night!

Naturally, we would like to see everyone at the event on the September 13th at $25 per person but understand schedules may conflict. If you can't make it, there are several other ways you can ensure we attain our 100% goal - FOR YOU!

  • Gift baskets for our silent auction - be creative!
  • Gift cards to any retailer
  • An item for our raffle
  • A flat donation to Gateway STMA

Sponsorships are also available for

  • door prizes
  • beverages
  • tables and more

Purchase a Table Here for $200

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Top women's stars mobilizing for legal bout vs. FIFA over World Cup Turf


The Women’s World Cup in Canada is less than 10 months away, and the last thing FIFA wants on its hands is a lawsuit from the top players in global women’s soccer. But that’s exactly what those players are threatening publicly right now if FIFA and Canadian organizers don’t change their plans to stage the World Cup on artificial turf fields in the tournament’s six stadiums.

The U.S.’s Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Heather O’Reilly are some of the players whose legal representation—which includes a Canadian firm and the same U.S. firm that brought the recent O’Bannon vs. NCAA case—sent a letter to FIFA and Canada 2015 organizers in late July threatening a lawsuit. As of Monday, FIFA and the Canadians had acknowledged receiving the letter but had yet to respond.

The Americans are hardly the only players ready to take FIFA to court for what they view as a case of gender discrimination, considering the men’s World Cup has never been played on artificial turf and won’t be in 2018 or ’22, either.

Current FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Nadine Angerer, the German national team goalkeeper, told she’ll do whatever she can to ensure the World Cup is played on natural grass, just like every previous senior Women’s World Cup.

“From the perspective of goalkeepers, we have to jump on this concrete,” Angerer said. “We are landing all the time, and it’s really bad. I played just a few weeks ago in Vancouver on this turf [in a Germany-Canada friendly], and it’s really embarrassing. Seriously, it’s concrete.”

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Artificial Turf Makes No Sense for Soccer


Stuff the artificial turf and give us grass. Play beautiful soccer on nature's verdant lot and poetry might break out. Soccer looks artificial when played on synthetic carpets. You can imagine a groundskeeper using a vacuum cleaner post-game.

Jerad Minnick, founder of the company Growing Innovations, is a champion for grass.

"With natural grass, we are able to achieve a soft yet firm surface that is safe and player friendly," he writes by e-mail. "There never are heat issues on grass (grass actually cools the ambient temperature instead of magnifying it), and skin burns and abrasions aren't common. Also with grass, we are able to produce a specific surface for a specific team's strengths and/or needs. Slow, fast, soft, firm, wet, dry ... we can control all of these factors completely with a grass field depending on what a coach might want for their team's strengths. From the playability standpoint, those are all positives."

That pitch sells. And there's more.

"The art of grounds keeping is no longer an art," he writes. "It is a science. And it's becoming an engineering marvel." Bio-mechanics labs are studying new grass field technologies that can absorb the energy generated by players' legs into the soil to reduce the injury potential of a player exponentially."

But wait - surely the fake grass is cheaper?

"Well it's just not true. Grass is the cheaper option 90 percent of the time," according to Minnick. "Maintenance costs of grass over eight years (the life span of a synthetic carpet) equal the same as the replacement of the carpet. Now we have three pro-soccer stadiums in the USA committed to a three-year carpet replacement cycle for their synthetic turf. That money equals an amount that would be able to resurface a grass field five times in three years. With three carpet replacements in nine years, they could have resurfaced a grass field 15 times. And they still would have built the original field for 25-50 percent less!"

Take that to the bank.


Dr. Brad Fresenburg-2013 Dr. William H. Daniel Award Winner
The Dr. William H. Daniel Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the sports turf industry through his or her research, teaching or extension outreach. The influence of these individuals in the industry may be highly visible or behind the scenes. The award was presented to Dr. Brad Fresenburg, professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Several of Brad's colleagues have described him as the “glue” at the University of Missouri, the one constant that holds everything together. This is just one accolade, of many, that he has received that illustrates both his willingness to work “in the trenches” and stand up as an advocate for the turfgrass science academic community when it is needed most.

An associate of Brad's asked past students of his to describe him in their own words. They used words like “dedicated,” “caring,” “committed,” “always someone to count on,” “not just a mentor but a friend for life.”

Brad is known at the University of Missouri, throughout the community, throughout the state, and throughout the Midwest as one of the preeminent experts in turfgrass science. He is both highly visible and often behind the scenes for his scholarship, for his two decades of teaching and mentoring, and for his commitment to STMA and advancing the profession.

Brad (right) is pictured with the 2012 winner, Dr. Beth Guertal.


Conference recordings are now available to all chapter members.  You must be a current 2014 Gateway STMA member to get the access username and password.  Email for mor details


Get your Gateway STMA Apparel
Instant Imprints in Chesterfield is now the official supplier of Gateway STMA apparel.  MEMBERS can now bring in your own shirts, jackets, hats, etc for embroidery & screen printing of our logo or purchase apparel from one of their catalogs.

Educational Resources Available
Check out new resources available to STMA members and potential members. On the main page of, go to the Resources Tab – Technical Information, and you’ll find comprehensive sections have been added to the Cool Season and Warm Season Turfgrasses pages.

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