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Online golf auction to begin April 30

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Environmental Institute for Golf program has distributed more than $600,000 since 2012.

Lawrence, Kan. (April 25, 2018) -- Rounds 4 Research kicks off its online auction April 30-May 6. at www.Rounds4Research.com with more than 1,200 rounds of golf (each round includes two or four players) at courses in 41 states plus Canada, the Cayman Islands, Costa Rica and Switzerland.

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 $600,000 for turfgrass research, education and advocacy programs. The 2017 auction raised more than $200,000.

Some of the high-profile facilities that have donated rounds for the auction include Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Ga., Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla., and TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.– all hosts of PGA Tour events.

“We are grateful to the facilities and golf management companies that have contributed to this year’s Rounds 4 Research auction,” said Rhett Evans, chief executive officer of GCSAA. “Rounds 4 Research offers golfers a chance to play a round at a notable golf course or a local favorite, while funding research that supports the future of the great 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. 

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 www.gcsaa.org 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 www.eifg.org. or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Contact: 
Angela Hartmann, Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications
Phone: 800-472-7878, ext. 3647 or 785-832-3647 (cell)
ahartmann@gcsaa.org