Some of the top groundskeepers in the country will be in southeast Iowa next month for a Diamond Pro Baseball workshop. For the first time at Burlington’s Community Field, the Iowa Sports Turf Managers Association has teamed up with Burlington Bees head groundskeeper T.J. Brewer to hold a field maintenance event.

Brewer says it’s something the association does on a regular basis, and as the host he wanted to make it one of the best. Brewer says the May 10th workshop will include all aspects of baseball field maintenance. He says they’ve got some big names that are scheduled to appear.

He says the list of presenters includes and NFL Hall of Famer and he says the people should put Burlington in the national spotlight. That Hall of Famer is George Toma, the lead Natural and Artificial Turf Consultant for the NFL. Also at this year’s event are Tom Burns, former head groundskeeper for the Texas Rangers; Jesse Cueves, head groundskeeper at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha; and Iowa Cubs Groundskeeper Chris Schlosser.

For more information or to register, contact the Iowa Sports Turf Managers Association at (515) 232-8222 or you can go online at iowaturfgrass.org. Again, the workshop is set for Tuesday, May tenth.

By Michael Cation KBUR Burlington