2018 Events:

ILSTMA Winter Workshop &
Annual Meeting
February 21, 2018
Minooka High School
301 S. Wabena Avenue  
Minooka, IL   60447
8:00 - 2:00 p.m.
February 27, 2018
Advanced Turf Solutions
Winter Education Seminar &
Pesticide Application Test
Pheasant Run
St. Charles, IL  60174

March 6, 2018
Tech Day
Pheasant Run
St. Charles, IL  60174

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ILSTMA Workshops                         

Winter Workshop & Annual ILSTMA Meeting:

February 21, 2018 - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Minooka Community High School
301 S. Wabena Avenue
Minooka, IL  60447  

Program Agenda

8:00 - 9:00 am - Registration & Hot Breakfast

9:00 - 9:50 am - Educational Session - "PGR Use and New Herbicides for 2018" - Ben Pease, Iowa State University

9:50 - 10:00 am - Break

10:00 - 10:50 am - Educational Session - "The Haves & Have Nots of Turfgrass Management " - Ron Townsend, Chicago District Golf Association

10:50 - 11:00 am - Break

11:00 - 11:50 am - Educational Session - "Parkview Field" -
(STMA Professional Baseball Field of the Year 2017) Keith Winter, Fort Wayne Tincaps

11:50 - 12:45 pm - Hot Lunch with "Make Your Own Sundae Bar"

12:45 - 1:00 pm - ILSTMA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation

1:00 - 1:50 pm - Educational Session - ILSTMA Panel of Pros Q & A  comprised of:

Don Michaels, Certified Turf Specialist, ConservFS, Retired
Scott Gaunky, Director of Facilities, School District 103
Mike Trigg, Superintendent of Parks, Waukegan Park District, Retired
Mike Schiller, CSFM, Retired, ILSTMA Founding Member
Ken Mrock, Chicago Bears Head Groundskeeper

1:50 - 2:00 pm - Wrap Up & Adjourn

A special thank you to our Meal Sponsors:

       Sportfields, Inc.          Advanced Turf Solutions          Field Turf
                           Ideal Turf                                 Barenburg, USA                     

Any questions or to request a registration form, please contact Claudia at illinoisstma@gmail.com.  
Hope to see you there!

Past Workshop Photos
Winter Workshop  - Minooka High School

Northbrook Park District wins the Field of the Year Award 

Scott Gaunky accepts the President's Award

Tom welcomes everyone to the workshop

Fall  - Waukegan Sports Park

Greg Petri describes challenges overcome to build the Sports Park 

The Western suburbs were well represented

Examining the turf

Summer 2011 - Vendor Fair, Schaumburg

Learning about new turf technology

Line painting demo

Winter 2011 - Irrigation Workshop, Oak Brook

Live product demonstrations

A packed house!

Hands-on learning


Summer 2010 - Northwestern University, Evanston

Attendees get tips on mound maintenance at Northwestern's baseball field.
ILSTMA members inspect Ryan Field as the Wildcats prepare for their fall football season.
Coach Pat Fitzgerald gives kudos to Northwestern's sports turf crew and talks Big 10 football.



Summer 2009 - Vendor Fair, Lake Forest

The Vendor Fair is a great place to test out the latest turf care equipment.

Attendees learn about new products and services to make their jobs easier.

Fueled by a delicious breakfast, participants head to the vendor booths.



Spring 2009 - Road Ranger Stadium, Rockford

Workshop participants ask questions about the equipment used to maintain the field.
ILSTMA members learn about the construction of the stadium and the best practices used to maintain it.
It was time to get dirty with a hands-on reconstruction of the bullpen mound. 


Spring 2008 - Irrigation Workshop, Wheeling

In small breakout groups, attendees got personal training on the workings of irrigation components.
A presentation of trends in the irrigation industry helped members prepare for the future.
Participants spent two days learning how to optimize the impact of irrigation systems on their facilities.


Summer 2007 - Lippold Park, Crystal Lake

Sports Turf Managers learn about the facility
and the challenges overcome during its construction.

Participants got to experience the unique
all-synthetic turf baseball fields.