Looking Back on Mower Madness 2021

The Bobcat ZT7000 won the first-ever Green Industry Pros Mower Madness Tournament. See more highlights from the 2021 tournament.

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Green Industry Pros’ first-ever Mower Madness Championship was a virtual social media event modeled after the NCCA men’s basketball March Madness tournament.

A total of 16 mowers competed in the bracket style event to be voted as the top mower in the competition.

Over the course of 4 “games,” the Bobcat ZT7000 was ultimately crowned the champion on April 6.

Here’s a look back at how the tournament unfolded.

To kick things off for the 2021 Mower Madness tournament, an announcement was made on Sunday, March 14 about the line-up of participants. These included Toro Z Master 4000; Bobcat ZT7000, Ferris ISX 3300; Dixie Chopper XCaliber; Cub Cadet Pro X 600, Mean Green Rival, Kubota Z781K, Exmark Lazer Z, Gravely Pro Turn ZX, Wright Stander X, Kioti ZXC, Grasshopper 337G Midmount, Scag Turf Tiger and John Deere Z950M60.

From that point, mirroring the NCCA tournament, Mower Madness followed the basketball games with the first round (Sweet Sixteen) getting underway on March 27-28.

Each “game” was posted as a poll on Green Industry Pros social media channels for a 24-hour voting period. The final vote totals were across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. There were a few instances where one mower appeared to have the victory on Facebook or another channel, only to lose the total vote due to the count on Instagram.

Manufacturers and landscape professionals were encouraged to share the posts to their social media channels to encourage more voting. Many did so, elevating the number of votes to the hundreds. NFL quarterback Carson Wentz, a support of Bobcat products, even dropped a video on his Instagram page encouraging people to get to Green Industry Pros page to vote for the Bobcat mower.

From the start, the Bobcat ZT7000 came out strong across all three social media platforms. In the first “game” of the tournament, Bobcat earned 827 total votes to advance over Toro. In that first round, our Sweet 16, only one other mower, the Wright Stander X exceeded 800 votes.

Through each subsequent round, Bobcat’s vote totals increased with each “game.” Scag was another company whose supporters, dubbed “Scag Nation” were evident throughout the tournament and led the Turf Tiger into the final round against Bobcat.

The final tally in the championship round was 1,577 votes for Bobcat and 1,430 votes for Scag.

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