Rounds 4 Research kicks off its online auction May 1-7 at www.Rounds4Research.com with more than 1,000 rounds of golf (each round includes two or four players) at courses in 41 states plus Canada, the Cayman Islands and Costa Rica.
Rounds 4 Research is a venture of the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of the GCSAA. It is presented in partnership with The Toro Co., with media promotion provided by Golf Channel, Golf Advisor and GolfNow. Funds generated from the auction support research-related activities of GCSAA and its affiliated chapters. Since launching in 2012, Rounds 4 Research has distributed more than $435,000 for turfgrass research, education and advocacy programs. The 2016 auction raised more than $164,000.
Some of the high-profile facilities that have donated rounds for the auction include East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., and Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., all hosts of PGA Tour events.
“We greatly appreciate each of the facilities and golf management companies that have donated to this year’s auction,” said Rhett Evans, chief executive officer of GCSAA. “Rounds 4 Research presents golfers with the opportunity to play a round at their dream course or at a local favorite, all while funding research that supports a sustainable future for the game of golf.”
Several management companies also have joined the effort to support research, including Marriott Golf, the PGA Tour TPC network of courses, Billy Casper Golf, ClubCorp, Troon Golf and Founders Club International in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area.