The second round of the 2014 Rounds 4 Research auctions are ready to tee off.
Golfers will continue to have a chance to claim a tee time at their favorite courses, including PGA Championship host Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., when the second phase of the offerings become available for online bidding Aug. 1-10 at www.biddingforgood.com. Valhalla and other top courses, such as TPC San Antonio (Texas) and French Lick (Ind.) Resort, are among the nearly 300 rounds up for auction.
Rounds 4 Research is in its third year as a venture of the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). It is presented in partnership with The Toro Co. Funds generated from the auction will go to support the research-based activities of GCSAA, its affiliated chapters and regional turfgrass organizations. Since launching in 2012, Rounds 4 Research has raised nearly $300,000 for turfgrass research. The first phase of the 2014 program raised more than $115,000.
"The response to Rounds 4 Research is up 7 percent from last year, and we are looking to keep the momentum going in August," said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. "Rounds 4 Research benefits research and the bidder alike. Golfers can gain entrance to some of the nation's top facilities, but they can also find great deals on other high-quality facilities that might not have national name recognition but still offer an enjoyable experience.
"The work funded by R4R helps develop new grasses that can enhance conditions while at the same time improving sustainable management practices to ensure the long-term health of the environment and the game."