Grant supports program auctioning golf rounds to fund regional turfgrass research
Lawrence, Kan. (Feb. 9, 2017) —The Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), has again received a $50,000 grant from The Toro Company for continued support of the Rounds 4 Research program in 2017. With this contribution, Toro has donated $250,000 to the program over the past five years.
Rounds 4 Research is designed to address a critical shortage in turfgrass research funding by auctioning donated rounds of golf online. The program allows GCSAA chapters and turfgrass foundations to participate as fundraising partners and direct the proceeds from auctioned rounds to specific projects that will have the most significant impact in their local areas. Since its launch in 2012, Rounds 4 Research has raised nearly $600,000. The 2017 auction will be held May1-7. The program is administered by the EIFG and presented in partnership with Toro.
"Toro continues to see the value in supporting turfgrass research for the long-term benefit of the golf industry. The commitment to Rounds 4 Research is critical to the success of raising funds for research and the advancement of our industry," said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer.
“This is a vital program to all sectors of the golf industry and we are proud to continue our support,” said Judson McNeil, president of The Toro Foundation. “The Rounds 4 Research collaborative model raises much-needed funding for turfgrass research to better manage resources and turf conditions and provide an improved playing experience.”
Toro is a longtime partner of the EIFG, donating more than $2 million since 1987 to help support scientific research, education and scholarships for future turfgrass professionals. As the exclusive presenting partner of Rounds 4 Research, Toro is a Victory Club member of the EIFG cumulative giving program and a GCSAA Platinum Partner.
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.