Toro commits $50,000 to Rounds 4 Research

Toro R4R donation

The Toro Foundation President Judson McNeil; 2013 GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS; GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans and The Toro Co. CEO Michael Hoffman

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) has received a $50,000 grant from The Toro Foundation to continue its support of Rounds 4 Research and help further turfgrass research at local universities. Toro donated $50,000 to the EIFG's Rounds 4 Research in 2013 as well.

Rounds 4 Research is a program designed to address a critical shortage in turfgrass research funding by auctioning donated rounds of golf online. It is administered by the EIFG and presented in partnership with Toro. The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). A majority of the proceeds are distributed to participating GCSAA chapters and turfgrass foundations to fund turfgrass research at local universities.

"Toro continues to validate the importance of research with this second substantial commitment to Rounds 4 Research," said EIFG CEO Rhett Evans. "Thanks in large part to Toro, Rounds 4 Research allows GCSAA chapters and turfgrass foundations to participate as fundraising partners and direct the proceeds to specific projects that will have the most significant impact in their local areas."

Since launching in July 2012, Rounds 4 Research has raised nearly $175,000 for turfgrass research. The next auctions are June 9-22 and Aug. 1-10, 2014.

"Research is the lifeblood of both environmental and economic advancements in turf management," said Darren Redetzke, Toro's vice president, commercial business, who presented a ceremonial check today at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando for Toro's $50,000 pledge to Rounds 4 Research. "Investing in research ultimately improves the customer experience, and this is a vital program for all sectors of the golf industry."

Toro is a longtime partner of the EIFG, donating more than $1 million to support scientific research, advancements in education and scholarships for future turfgrass professionals. The exclusive presenting partner of Rounds 4 Research, Toro is a Victory Club member of the EIFG cumulative giving program and a Platinum Tee Club member of the EIFG annual giving program. Toro also is a Double Eagle donor to the Golf Industry Show Silent Auction and a GCSAA Platinum Partner.

About GCSAA and the EIFG

GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org. The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit www.eifg.org.

About The Toro Company

The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of more than $2 billion in fiscal 2013, Toro's global presence extends to more than 90 countries through strong relationships built on integrity and trust, constant innovation and a commitment to helping customers enrich the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land. Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties and agricultural fields. More information is available at www.toro.com.

For more information contact:

Judson McNeil, The Toro Company, 952-887-8870

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