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GCSAA’s Rounds 4 Research has another record-breaking year

GCSAA Foundation program saw a 25% increase in funds raised over 2023

Lawrence, Kan. (May 7, 2024) – For the third year in a row, the GCSAA Foundation’s Rounds 4 Research program supporting turfgrass research broke records, yielding $685,010 during its April 22-28 online auction, an increase of $140,510 (25%) over 2023. The GCSAA Foundation is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

Rounds 4 Research enables the GCSAA Foundation to support local GCSAA chapters and the national GCSAA to fund critical advocacy, turfgrass research, education and community outreach improving the long-term sustainability of the game ensuring golfer enjoyment now and into the future.

More than 1,700 rounds of golf were donated for an online auction where more than 3,000 golfers registered for the auction and 1,696 rounds were sold. The top bid was $14,020 at Ohoopee Match Club in Cobbtown, Ga. The auction also saw winning bids to play bucket list courses like Pinehurst No. 2, Bandon Dunes, Paradise Valley Country Club, Happy Hollow Club, Nanea Golf Club, Old Memorial Golf Club, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club and Sutton Bay.

"Thanks to our generous donors, bidders and other supporters, Rounds 4 Research continues to grow significantly with each passing year," said Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS, GCSAA chief operating officer. “Rounds 4 Research helps address the critical shortage in funding for turfgrass research and it allows everyone who loves the game to do their part in helping ensure its future.”

The national campaign is presented in partnership with The Toro Co. Many allied golf associations also helped bring attention to the 2024 auction including the PGA of America, PGA Tour and USGA.

The program has raised nearly $4 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 20,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and improve communities through 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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