October 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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www.spor 29 October 2017 // PLUS: • GreenJacket PERMEABLE Grow-in Covers to dramatically increase the sun's ability to germinate and GROW healthier turf while allowing the underlying turf and soil to breathe. • Patented IMPERMEABLE Reinforced Cover to protect your turf from cold-weather damage. BASE & FIELD COVERS FROM 888-786-2683 PLUS: BASE & FIELD C FROM Whatever the sport, count on GreenJacket to make a difference for your turf. ou u o rt count o co d on GreenJ o on Gr Jacket to make Jacke a differen make THE LEADER IN TURF COVERS. Greenjacket-QP-SportsTurf-DFT.qxp_Layout 1 4/12/17 4:40 PM Page 1 and this presents a wear challenge on the court baselines. That is why continuing education is so important. The goal each year is to have less wear, better consistency and fi rm courts. The level of athlete is improving and expectations are always increasing. The staff embraces new ideas and technology to keep up with this. Assistant superintendents Nathan Salmore and Charlie Bartlett have lots of grass court experience. But they are always striving to improve the courts. ST: How do you work around any product restrictions due to laws or budget? Buras: The main restriction we have is time. Longwood has 1,200 members, a full tournament schedule and many special events. Finding time to fi t in maintenance can be a challenge. This is where the experience of Longwood's dedicated, professional grounds crew is essential. They know when to close courts for maintenance without causing player interruption. ST: How are you using social media? Buras: Social media is a great way to communicate. A dedicated Twitter account updates members on court status. Twitter, Instagram and a blog connect us with the small grass tennis court community. ST: How has your career benefi tted from being a member of STMA? Buras: STMA and NESTMA have enabled me to meet many outstanding industry colleagues. As a sports turf manager, I strive to move forward and always learn from peers and researchers. STMA connects a network of professionals. Being a sports field manager is so much more than mowing the grass. The Certifi ed Sports Field Manager program is a great way to communicate the professionalism and dedication of sports fi eld managers. ST: What do you like to do in your spare time? Buras: I like to cook, eat and try different foods. Walking, hiking and travel help work off the calories while enjoying nature. Watching "Game of Thrones" and discussing at home and work does take up a bit of time. /ST/ Michael Buras, CSFM

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