The first phase of the fundraising program for turfgrass studies sold more than 600 rounds in the June online auction, a seven percent increase over a year ago.
The first phase of the 2014 Rounds 4 Research fundraising program for turfgrass studies, run by the Environmental Institute For Golf (EIFG), sold more than 600 rounds and yielded $115,500 in the June online auction. The total was a 7 percent increase over a year ago.
The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GSCAA).
The Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association was the leader with more than $35,000 raised among more than 45 fundraising partners that donated rounds for turfgrass research at the local level. The top bid was $1,800 for a stay-and-play package offered by French Lick Resort at West Baden Springs, Ind., while the high bid for a tee time for four golfers was $1,508 for the chance to play at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, home to the PGA TOUR Championship.
“We are pleased with the success of our Rounds 4 Research program and the good that we know it can do for turfgrass research,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. “This is a terrific program that gives golfers everywhere a chance to play their favorite courses and benefit the long-term health of the game.”
The second auction for Rounds 4 Research will run from August 1-10, to coincide with the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Online bidding will be offered at www.rounds4research.com.
The national campaign is supported by a $50,000 donation from The Toro Co. The program has raised more than $290,000 since being launched in 2012.
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