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Rounds 4 Research May auction raises $336,500 for turfgrass studies

National program has raised more than $2 million since 2012

Lawrence, Kan. (May 11, 2021) -- The 2021 Rounds 4 Research fundraising program to support turfgrass studies, administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), sold more than 1,100 rounds and yielded nearly $336,500 in its May online auction. The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

More than 70 GCSAA affiliated chapters and turfgrass organizations assisted with the effort and will receive proceeds from the auction to support turfgrass research at the local level.

The top bid was $10,000 for a family membership to six private clubs donated by the Dormie Network. The highest bid for a round was donated by Ohoopee Match Club in Cobbtown, Ga., which sold for $7,150.

"Golf has seen a resurgence this last year, and we’ve also seen that Rounds 4 Research remains an important avenue that lets golfers give back to their favorite game." said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. "Thank you to all of donors and bidders for supporting the future of golf."

The national campaign is supported by a $50,000 donation from The Toro Co. Several management companies also joined the effort to support research by donating rounds, including American Golf, ClubCorp, Dormie Network, Founders Group International, Indigo Golf, Marriott Golf, the PGA Tour TPC network of courses and Troon Golf. The program has raised more than $2 million since launching in 2012.

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 19,000 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, or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit our industry-leading magazine at

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, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

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