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Rounds 4 Research to host online auction

Rounds 4 Research auction includes opportunities to play at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, East Lake Golf Club, and Harbour Town Golf Links

Environmental Institute for Golf program has raised more than $1 million since 2012.

Lawrence, Kan. (April 9, 2019) -- Rounds 4 Research kicks off its online auction April 29-May 5 at with more than 1,000 rounds of golf (each round includes two or four players) at courses in 45 states plus Costa Rica.

Rounds 4 Research is a venture of the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization 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 raised more than $1 million for turfgrass research, education and advocacy programs. The 2018 auction raised over $312,000. Funds raised by the EIFG also help support GCSAA’s national research program.


Some of the high-profile facilities that have donated rounds for the auction include Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., and Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

“We are grateful to the facilities and golf management companies that have contributed to the 2019 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 turfgrass research that supports the future of the game.”

Several management companies also have joined the effort to support research, including American Golf, Indigo Golf Partners, CourseCo, ClubCorp, Founders Group International, Marriott Golf, the PGA Tour TPC network of courses and Troon Golf.

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.

Angela Hartmann, Associate Director, Communications
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