Wayne Hanna beams from ear to ear when he talks about Tifton turfgrass. Some might say he’s a proud papa, and rightly so.“We develop them, and to see them succeed, it’s just like a parent whose child succeeds … it’s the same experience to see grasses you’ve developed and tested over time,” said Hanna, a retired turfgrass breeder with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.One of those grasses, Tifway 419, is a bermudagrass variety developed in the 1960s by former USDA turfgrass breeder Glenn Burton. It’s most often used on golf course and athletic fields and currently covers the field at Sanford Stadium in Athens, home of the Georgia Bulldogs football team.“The turf is off the chain,” said Georgia football coach Mark Richt, who was in Tifton on Wednesday to speak at the UGA Day event held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. “When we line up against South Carolina (in next year’s home opener), it’s going to be looking great.”Hanna said Tifway’s ability to withstand extreme pressure from collegiate athletes is why it has succeeded as UGA’s playing field and other fields throughout the country.“It’s dense, real wear-tolerant and it recovers fast from damage from athletes,” Hanna said. “Tifway is pretty disease resistant. It just doesn’t have a whole lot of problems.”UGA turfgrass breeder Brian Schwartz agrees. “It’s a fine textured, dark green grass that’s been used successfully for about 50 years. The football field there in Athens is probably the best looking one in the SEC, in my opinion,” he said.Tifway’s name comes from a combination of Tifton and fairway, meaning it is highly suited for golf courses. It is also highly recommended for lawns, making Tifway a versatile variety.“It doesn’t take any type of special care. It does well under a broad range of managements,” Hanna noted.Tifway 419 is used in other football stadiumsaround the country, including at Texas A&M and at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. But none compare to Georgia’s field, though, according to Schwartz.“(Richt’s) got a beautiful field,” Schwartz said. “Many stadiums are torn up later in the season and his is just looking great. They do a good job there.” For more on UGA-bred turfgrass varieties, see the website at www.georgiaturf.com.
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Nambor Club won the Golaghat chapter of Assam Premier Club Championship as they defeated Amulapotty by 55 runs at Golaghat Stadium today.Electing to bat first, Nambor were bundled out for just 138 runs, but their bowlers, specially Nipumoni Kumar who took 6 wickets, restricted the opponent at 83 in 24th over.Brief Score: Nambor Club 138/10 in 34.2 overs (Raja Saikia 37, Sibsankar Roy 23, Antorikh Kashyap 5/23) beat Amulapotty 83/10 in 23.3 overs (Bedanta Saikia 24, Nipumoni Kumar 6/16).From Udalguri: Saurav Mousum Dihingia hit a century as Dhemaji Cricket Club beat Udalguri Lions Club by 92 runs in a Zonal level match here. Brief Score: Dhemaji CC 241/6 in 40 overs (Saurav Mousum Dihingia 101no, Manab Buragohain 63) beat Udalguri Lions Club 149/10 in 35.4 overs (Gurprit Singh 29, Kunal Das 28, Manab Buragohain 3/34, Rajesh Prasad 3/34, Joseph Buragohain 3/36).From Tezpur: Nakari Club of Lakhimpur thrashed Biswanath Blue Warrior by 42 runs in the North Assam Zonal level match. Brief Score: Nakari Club 200/10 in 39.1 overs (Sunzow Brahma 50, Jitumoni Kalita 34, Roktim Bonia 35, Altaf Ali 2/14) beat Biswanath Blue Warrior 158/10 in 30.4 overs (Dibash Hazarika 35, Jogeswar Bhumij 33, Amlan Talukdar 4/53).From Bongaigaon: Bongaigaon Cricket Coaching Centre won by 5 wickets against Tribeni Sangha in the Lowar Assam Zonal level match. Brief Score: Tribeni Sangha 116/10 in 35.5 overs (Pradip Sarkar 4/19) lost to Bongaigaon CCC 120/5 in 25.3 overs (Bishal Roy 49, Subhadeep Chakraborty 33, Deepjyoti Adhikary 4/39).From Kokrajhar: United Sports Association outplayed Deshbanshu Club by 8 wickets in the Lowar Assam Zonal level match. Brief Score: Deshbanshu Club 97/10 in 23.4 overs (Kishor Choudhury 3/11, Sujit Deury 3/14) lost to United SA 100/2 in 12.1 overs (Prantar Sarma 36no).From Sivasagar: CCD registered 9-wicket win over Phoenix CCC in the District level match at Outdoor stadium. Brief Score: Phoenix CCC 93/10 in 27 overs (Phanindra Sonowal 3/23) lost to CCD 95/1 in 13.2 overs (Yasir Ali 42no, Siddhart Doshi 28no.Also read: Local Sports