The last of four online Rounds 4 Research auctions aimed at generating funds to conduct golf course research this year will be held Dec. 3-17.
Accessible through the highly popular online auction site Bidding for Good, this installment of the Rounds 4 Research auction will feature more than 80 courses in 12 different states. Rounds of golf are up for bid at such courses as High Ridge Country Club, Lantana, Fla.; The Glacier Club, Durango, Colo.; Primland Resort, Meadows of Dan, Va.; Chechessee Creek Club, Okatie, S.C.; and Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, Calif.
Rounds 4 Research is a fundraising program with the goal of generating resources to support agronomic research for golf courses. It is in response to previous funding sources, both public and private, being eliminated. The program is being administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Rounds 4 Research has been conducted the previous four years on a regional basis.
"The intent in our first year of conducting the Rounds 4 Research auction on a national basis was to provide a model by which GCSAA and its affiliated chapters could partner in a mutually beneficial way," GCSAA President Sandy Queen, CGCS, said. "From that perspective, it has been successful. We will make some changes going forward based on the input we have received, but for the most part the model is working and there is great enthusiasm for the program."
Queen says the auction will return in 2013 as chapters are in the phase of collecting rounds to be put up for bid. In 2012, the four individual auctions were conducted in the fall, each lasting two weeks. In 2013, the auctions will likely last for longer time periods and be spread out over the entirety of the year. It has not been determined how many individual auctions will be held at this point.
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 www.eifg.org.
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 19,000 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.
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