Golf News for Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | Charity

Rounds 4 Research auction venture prepares for online bidding

Rounds of golf at more than 600 golf courses in 25 states and assorted travel packages will be available to the public for online bidding, June 6-16, offering access for golfers that otherwise might not have been possible.

Known as Rounds 4 Research, the auction is a venture of the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. It is presented in partnership with the Toro Co. Funds generated from the auction will go to support researched-based activities of GCSAA, its affiliated chapters and regional turfgrass organizations.

The auction, available through, will include several packages for high profile golf events such as the 2014 Masters and U.S. Open golf tournaments, and destinations such as the Old Course at St. Andrews, Bay Hill Resort in Orlando and Camelback Resort in Scottsdale. Courses in the auction include Grand Cypress Resort (Fla.), Trump National Golf Club (N.Y.), Redstone Golf Club (Texas), Brae Burn Country Club (N.Y.), Stanwich Club (Conn.), Daniel Island Club (S.C.), Country Club of Georgia (Ga.), Victoria National Golf Club (Ind.), Southern Pines Golf Club (N.C.) and numerous others.

"Online auctions are popular because they provide entrance to some of the nation's top facilities, but they also offer golfers great deals on other high quality facilities that might not have national name recognition, but still offer an enjoyable experience," said GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, director of golf at Olympic Club in San Francisco. "We believe those who go to the auction will be pleasantly surprised by the menu of courses available to them."

Finlen also noted that whether golfers realized it or not, their purchases are directly benefitting them and the game they love. Funds will be used by GCSAA and regional superintendents/turfgrass organizations to fund activities that lead to better course conditions.

"Surveys have time and again revealed that the golfer experience is based on course conditioning," Finlen says. "By investing the revenues from the auction in research-based activities, we can develop new grasses and management programs that can enhance conditions, but not at the expense of the environment and not as a result of spending more money on inputs such as labor, water, and plant products. This is a very necessary investment the golf industry - companies, associations and golfers alike - must make if the game and facilities are going to remain viable."

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, senior manager of environmental programs, 785-312-5161 or
Mischia Wright, EIFG senior manager of development, 785-832-4445 or