Lawrence, Kan. (Jan. 30, 2020) – 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 Foundation for continued support of the Rounds 4 Research program in 2020. With this contribution, Toro has donated $400,000 to the program over the past eight 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 more than $1.5 million. The 2020 auction will be held April 27-May 3 and is available to preview at www.biddingforgood.com/rounds4research. The program is administered by the EIFG and presented in partnership with Toro.
"Toro’s commitment to Rounds 4 Research has been critical to the success of the program, and they have been vital in helping us reach the $1.5-million mark,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. “On behalf of GCSAA and its members, and the entire golf industry that benefits from the research R4R funds, we thank Toro for being such an important partner."
“Rounds for Research not only supports important local research, but it also gets people playing golf, a win-win for the industry,” said Judson McNeil, president of The Toro Foundation. “We are proud of Toro’s longstanding partnership with the Environmental Institute for Golf, and the impact the organization has on turf professionals.”
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.