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Rounds 4 Research to host online auction

Environmental Institute for Golf program has distributed more than $435,000 since 2012.

Lawrence, Kan. (April 25, 2017) -- Rounds 4 Research kicks off its online auction May 1-7 at 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 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (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, Indigo Golf Partners, ClubCorp, Troon Golf and Founders Club International in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area. 

About GCSAA and the EIFG

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Craig Smith, Director, Communications and Media Relations
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