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GCSAA Rounds 4 Research raises a record-breaking $544,500 for turfgrass research

GCSAA Foundation program has raised more than $3 million since 2012

Lawrence, Kan. (May 9, 2023) – For the second year in a row, the GCSAA Foundation’s Rounds 4 Research program supporting turfgrass research broke records, yielding more than $544,500 during its April 24-30 online auction, an increase of $53,300 over 2022. The GCSAA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

More than 1,500 rounds of golf were donated for an online auction where more than 16,000 bids were made, and 1,471 rounds were sold to golfers. The top bid was $13,010 at Ohoopee Match Club. 

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“GCSAA’s Rounds 4 Research continues to grow, and we were blown away by the response from our generous donors and bidders who helped set records again this year," said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. "Thank you to our chapters, the facilities who donated rounds and the bidders for working together through our GCSAA’s Rounds 4 Research program to ensure golf’s future.”

The national campaign is presented in partnership with The Toro Co. Several multi-course operators have also joined the effort to support research, including ClubCorp, CourseCo, Dormie Network, Founders Group International, GreatLIFE Golf, KemperSports, Marriott Golf, the PGA Tour TPC network of courses and Troon Golf. 

More than 70 of GCSAA’s affiliated chapters helped secure donations, and the majority of funds raised go back to the chapters to support local research projects that significantly impact the game. The Carolinas GCSA was the top earning chapter and raised more than $112,000. The Georgia GCSA was next with $48,500 raised for its chapter. 

The program has raised more than $3 million since launching in 2012. For more information about GCSAA’s Rounds 4 Research, visit


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 more than 19,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and improve communities through 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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