Bloomington, Minnesota, United States: The Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), has again received a US$50,000 grant from The Toro Company for continued support of the Rounds 4 Research programme in 2018.
With this contribution, Toro has donated US$300,000 to the programme over the past six years.
Rounds 4 Research is designed to address a critical shortage in turfgrass research funding by auctioning donated rounds of golf online. The programme allows GCSAA chapters and turfgrass foundations to participate as fund-raising 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 US$800,000. The 2018 auction will be held from April 30 to May 6 and is available to preview at www.biddingforgood.com/rounds4research
The programme is administered by the EIFG and presented in partnership with Toro, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“Toro’s continued support of and commitment to Rounds 4 Research has been a huge factor in the success of the programme,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA Chief Executive Officer. “The funds raised provide long-term benefit for the entire golf industry.”
Judson McNeil, President of The Toro Foundation, said: “Research funding is critical to providing the innovation needed for facilities to operate more efficiently, to enhance environmental performance and to provide more enjoyable playing conditions.
“Our partnership with the EIFG on Rounds 4 Research furthers our long history of collaborating with superintendents to provide golfers with healthy turf on which to play the sport they love.”
Toro is a long-time partner of the EIFG, donating more than US$2 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 EIFG cumulative giving programme and a GCSAA Platinum Partner.