The third annual Rounds4Research.com auction recorded another ace.
It recently was announced that more than $80,000 was raised to help fund an array of projects including weed management and water conservation in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia. That brings the three-year total to approximately $250,000.
"Golf is in the order of a $12 billion economic driver in the four participating states," said John Davis, president of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association. "Investing in the continued health and vitality of our courses is critical to maintaining that economic activity."
The Carolinas GCSA introduced Rounds4Research.com in part to reduce stress on turfgrass researchers who felt the economic pinch in recent years. The idea comes from Tim Kreger, Carolinas GCSA executive director, who got the auction idea from something he saw during his days working as a fundraiser for junior golf programs in South Carolina. He sought a way for the end user, the golfer, to be meshed with turf research. The auction benefits turf research programs at universities such as Clemson and North Carolina State.