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The Toro Company reaffirms support of Rounds 4 Research with $50,000 donation to the GCSAA Foundation

Toro’s support has helped the GCSAA program raise more than $2 million for turfgrass research

Lawrence, Kan. (Feb. 9, 2022) – The GCSAA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), has again received a $50,000 grant from The Toro Company Foundation for continued support of the Rounds 4 Research program in 2022. With this contribution, Toro has donated $500,000 to the program over the past 10 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 $2 million. The 2022 auction will be held April 25-May 1 and is available to preview at The program is administered by the GCSAA Foundation and presented in partnership with Toro.


“We’ve now surpassed the milestone of raising $2 million, and Toro’s support was critical in making that happen," said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. “We are grateful to our friends at Toro who understand how R4R provides long-term benefit to the golf industry and the game, and we thank them for partnering with us.

“Golf courses are an asset,  a green space within a watershed and community” said Judson McNeil, president, The Toro Company Foundation.  “We are proud to partner with GCSAA Foundation in this effort to raise funds and awareness in  support of research, education and environmental programs positively impacting the industry.”

Toro is a longtime partner of the GCSAA Foundation, donating nearly $2.4 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 GCSAA Foundation’s cumulative giving program and a GCSAA Platinum Partner.

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 GCSAA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to secure funding and support to strengthen advocacy, education, and research that advances the work of golf course management professionals. Visit the Foundation at

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