The second phase of the 2014 Rounds 4 Research fundraising program for turfgrass studies, run by the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), sold more than 200 rounds of golf and yielded $30,891 in the seven-day online auction that closed Aug. 10. The total for the June and August auctions was $145,339. The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GSCAA).
The Metropolitan GCSA was the leader with more than $4,000 raised among the 40 fundraising partners that donated rounds for turfgrass research at the local level. The top bid for a tee time for four golfers was $1,480 for the chance to play at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., home to the recent PGA Championship won by Rory McIlroy. A stay-and-play package at French Lick (Ind.) Resort sold for $1,650.
“We are pleased with the success of our Rounds 4 Research program and the good that we know it can do for turfgrass research,” says Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. “This is a terrific program that gives golfers everywhere a chance to play their favorite courses and benefit the long-term health of the game.”
The national campaign is supported by a $50,000 donation from The Toro Co. The program has raised more than $320,000 since being launched in 2012. Eighty percent of the money raised is returned to the local chapters for turf studies.