Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rounds 4 Research

Rounds 4 Research is an innovative program aimed at generating resources to fund research and help ensure golf’s future. The premise is simple: Golf facilities can support the effort by donating rounds of golf for two or four or “stay and play” packages and other items that will be auctioned off online to generate funds for turfgrass research. Rounds 4 Research is administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) and presented in partnership with the Toro Co. The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Each of GCSAA’s 100 affiliated chapters, as well as local turfgrass foundations and other industry partners, will have the opportunity to solicit donated rounds. The EIFG will then distribute monies back to the participating organizations to fund research in their local areas. The Purdue University Turf Program is currently working with local golf course superintendent chapters to help them promote this program. Dr. Aaron Patton, Purdue University Turf Program said that "with grant funds becoming more and more difficult to secure, this program is a great way that local superintendents as well as Purdue University alumni can help support Purdue turf research."

Whether you are an organization looking to solicit rounds or a golfer looking for the opportunity to support research while enjoying the sport you love, Rounds 4 Research provides a way for all aspects of the game to come together to ensure its future.

After launching in July 2012, Rounds 4 Research raised more than $28,000 for turfgrass research in its pilot effort. For 2013, auctions are scheduled for June 6-16 and Aug. 1-11. You can become part of the Rounds 4 Research effort by donating a round from your facility.

If you have questions on how to participate in the Rounds 4 Research program, contact Jennifer Biehl at (765) 494-8039 or at


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