News Release
July 23, 2014

Foursome at PGA Championship host Valhalla Golf Club among auction offerings

Rounds 4 Research bidding continues Aug. 1-10


Lawrence, Kan. (July 23, 2014) -- Golfers will continue to have a chance to claim a tee time at their favorite courses, including PGA Championship host Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., when the second phase of the 2014 Rounds 4 Research offerings become available for online bidding Aug. 1-10 at Valhalla and other top courses, such as TPC San Antonio (Texas) and French Lick (Ind.) Resort, are among the nearly 300 rounds up for auction.

Rounds 4 Research is in its third year as 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. Funds generated from the auction will go to support the research-based activities of GCSAA, its affiliated chapters and regional turfgrass organizations. Since launching in 2012, Rounds 4 Research has raised nearly $300,000 for turfgrass research. The first phase of the 2014 program raised more than $115,000.

"The response to Rounds 4 Research is up 7 percent from last year, and we are looking to keep the momentum going in August," said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. "Rounds 4 Research benefits research and the bidder alike. Golfers can gain entrance to some of the nation's top facilities, but they can also find great deals on other high-quality facilities that might not have national name recognition but still offer an enjoyable experience.

"The work funded by R4R helps develop new grasses that can enhance conditions while at the same time improving sustainable management practices to ensure the long-term health of the environment and the game."

About the EIFG
The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, 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. With respect for the game and the environment, the EIFG inspires environmental, social and economic progress through golf for the benefit of communities. Collaboration between the golf industry, environmental interests and communities will lead to programs and services beneficial to all who come into contact with the game of golf. Visit the EIFG at

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

For more information contact:
Mark Johnson, associate director, environmental programs, 785-312-5161 or

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