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Ernest Hawkins Field turf to be replaced for 2019 season.

COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce is replacing the synthetic turf playing surface on Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium in time for the 2019 football season.

The new surface consists of Symmetry SafeFlex and AstroTurf 3D3 and is currently being installed by Symmetry Turf Systems of Mount Pleasant, Texas. Construction will be completed before the Lions beginning preseason camp in early August. Symmetry previously installed expansion of the previous turf surface to enhance student-athlete practice opportunities.

“With the amount of foot traffic on Hawkins Field annually, our previous turf was developing into a safety and well-being concern for our student-athletes,” explained director of athletics Tim McMurray. “Symmetry is providing us a Best In Class product proven to be a safe and aesthetically pleasing option for our football and track and field programs.

“Our decision to return to the more traditional midfield logo was made based on a significant cost saving over the previous custom logo. At the time, it was an excellent decision to expose and energize the Lion brand. The necessity to accelerate our new turf this summer allowed us to assess all options and arrive at the one which added additional protection in the best interest of our student-athletes.”

“We are thrilled Texas A&M-Commerce has chosen Symmetry Turf to complete the turf renovations at Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium,” said Jason Bell, president of Symmetry Turf Systems. “A&M-Commerce is one of the most well-respected organizations in all of Division II football, and we couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with the Lions.”


Symmetry SafeFlex elastic layer is a premium shock pad which increases safety and performance by reducing shock and enhancing the athlete-to-turf interface. SafeFlex not only increases player safety and performance, but it also improves field drainage to get participants back on the field quickly after rain. It also provides a monolithic subsurface for superior consistency, which helps increase turf life.

AstroTurf’s 3D3 series is an industry-leading synthetic turf product which utilizes proprietary fibers and systems to provide the highest level of safety and playability. The RootZone system helps encapsulate infill, minimizes rubber splash, offers better shock absorbency, and has less infill migration than basic turf systems. Studies have shown this system also helps reduce torque transmitted to lower extremities. The patent-pending Trionic fiber in the 3D3 system is an industry-leading innovation blending polyethylene and nylon into a single fiber. It boasts the strength and resilience of the nylon fibers alongside the polyethylene’s less abrasive fiber.



Blake Hartford named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar.

NORMAN, Okla. – Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golfer Blake Hartford has been named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America, as announced Wednesday.

Hartford (Klein – Collins) is a two-time All-Lone Star Conference honoree, earning first-team honors in 2018 and second-team honors in 2019, while also being named LSC All-Academic in 2019. He has won four LSC Golfer of the Week honors and was the 2018 LSC Individual Champion.

As a junior in 2019, Hartford averaged 73.88 strokes per round and was champion of the UAFS Hardscrabble Invitational. He had two top-five finishes and four top 10 finishes with seven rounds under par, helping the Lions to a pair of tournament wins.

In addition to his strong on-course credentials, Hartford met rigorous academic requirements for this award, while majoring in mathematics. He has been named to the President’s List three times, Dean’s List once, Best In Class honor roll three times, Lion Honor Roll once, and LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll four times.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status, an individual must be a junior or senior academically. They must compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 78.0 in Division II, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university. He is one of 112 honorees in Division II.


Josh Manck
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