Golf News for Friday, January 31, 2014 | Others

GCSAA has selected three new research projects to fund in 2014

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has selected three new research projects to fund in 2014. The research funds are made available to GCSAA through a block grant from the Environmental Institute for Golf.

All three projects are part of GCSAA's Chapter Cooperative Research Program. Under this program, each participating GCSAA chapter identifies one or more research projects that address "a significant local issue" for superintendents. After a chapter has pledged financial support for a project, the researchers are eligible to apply for a grant from GCSAA's Chapter Cooperative Research Program. The new studies were funded based on recommendations by the GCSAA Research Committee and approved by the association's board of directors.

"GCSAA remains committed to to supporting research because of its invaluable benefit to our members," GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. "Through the generous support the EIFG receives, we can continue to make research a cornerstone of our programming."

The research projects chosen for funding in 2014 are:

• Insecticide resistant annual bluegrass weevil: Understanding, managing and preventing a superintendent's nightmare
• Albrecht M. Koppenhöfer, Ph.D., and Olga Kostromytska, Ph.D., Rutgers University Co-funded by: Connecticut AGCS, GCSA of New Jersey, Hudson Valley GCSA, Long Island GCSA, Metropolitan GCSA, Mountain & Valley GCSA, New Jersey Turfgrass Association and Pocono Turfgrass Association
• Use of giberellin synthesis-inhibiting plant growth regulators for the prevention of Acidovorax avenae infection of creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera)
• T. Karl Danneberger, Ph.D., and David S. Gardner, Ph.D., Ohio State University Co-funded by: Miami Valley GCSA and Greater Cincinnati GCSA
• Effect of golf course turfgrass management on water quality of non-tidal streams in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
• Erik Ervin, Ph.D., and Stephen Schoenholtz, Ph.D., Virginia Tech Co-funded by: Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association and Old Dominion GCSA

GCSAA is continuing to support two projects that were selected for funding in 2013. Kevin Frank, Ph.D., and Emily Merewitz, Ph.D., at Michigan State University, are studying drought and traffic stresses on creeping bentgrass; and James Murphy, Ph.D., and Bruce Clarke, Ph.D., at Rutgers University, are examining the influence of best management practices on control of anthracnose disease in annual bluegrass turf. Four additional studies funded in 2012 are in various stages of completion. The results of all the GCSAA-funded research will be published in the research section of Golf Course Management magazine.

About GCSAA and the EIFG
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 The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA, 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. Visit

For more information contact:
Mark Johnson, associate director, environmental programs , 785-312-5161
Mischia Wright, associate director, Environmental Institute for Golf, 785-832-4445