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Tom Bass Field Undergoing Makeover

By Eric Sprott ~ The Journal

seneca-tom-bass-fieldSENECA — Seneca High School is now firmly on the cutting edge when it comes to the playing surface at Tom Bass Field.

This week, Turfplaner of Carolina has been at the school with state-of-the-art technology to level out the Bobcats’ football field, which Seneca athletic director Duke Lee said will save the school time, money and effort in the years to come.

“We’ve got great facilities and district support, and in talking with them, we wanted to look at something to level the field out some, and this kind of came across in my email one day,” he said. “One thing led to another, and talking with the people from Turfplaning Services and our district people, we thought this is something we were going to do.

“We’re happy with it and we feel confident in it, and it’ll save us some money without having to start over, relaser and start from scratch.”

That process, which takes place every 15 to 20 years, is a painstaking measure that costs upwards of $80,000 and takes three to four weeks to complete. But with Turfplaner — an 84-inch pull-behind implement that uses dual-laser receivers for a cut accurate to a quarter of an inch — the work is done for approximately $10,000 and takes just a few days to complete. With proper maintenance, associated costs will stay low as the field will not need to be regraded, and only small amounts of sod will need to be removed from time to time.

Near the visitor sideline at Tom Bass Field, Clint Edmondson of Turfplaner of Carolina said a 2-percent slope was found, which has led to the removal of 2 inches of sod that stretches nearly the length of the field. Other touch-up work has been made to other areas of the field, and that grass will grow back green within three to four weeks as the field still has good Bermuda roots in place.

“This is the only thing like it,” Edmondson said. “Right now, you have machines that will cut off the top layer, but it follows the existing grade right now.

“What our machines do is strip it, but it actually laser grades it at the same time which cuts out time and money.”

And if all goes according to plan, Lee said he plans to keep going back to the company, which is quickly gaining in popularity after being used at Augusta National, as well as the football fields at Auburn, Vanderbilt and LP Field, the home of the Tennessee Titans.

“It’s going to make for a great playing surface for our kids, and we’re looking at maybe doing it for some other fields in the future,” he said.

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