Rounds For Research Auction Begins

By Patrick O’Brien and Chris Hartwiger, Southeast Region Agronomists
April 6, 2010

Outlined below is information provided by Trent Bouts, Editor, Carolinas Green, on the 2nd Annual Rounds4Research. In order to generate much-needed funds for turfgrass research, we need golfers to be aware of this program and bid on tee times. Please forward this email to any golfers in your club or any list of golfers you have.

900-Plus Foursomes To Go Up for Bid at Rounds4Research.com

Golfers can bid for more than 900 tee-times across five states when the second annual Rounds4Research.com auction opens online on Wednesday, April 7, Masters eve.

Some of the most prestigious private facilities in the country are on a 650-course menu in a golfing feast laid on to raise money for golf turfgrass research.

East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA, home of the PGA Tour Championship, is one.

Others, including dozens from Golf Digest magazine’s elite rankings, include Dallas National Golf Club in TX, Long Cove Club in SC, Eagle Point Golf Club in NC, and four-time President’s Cup host, Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in VA.

"This is a great way for the average golf lover to gain access to places they could only otherwise dream of playing. And that golfer gets to bring three of his or her buddies and maybe even have them share the cost of the winning bid," says Rounds4Research.com auction chair, Paul Jett.

"Even on courses that are public, the auction format gives folks the chance to secure some bargain pricing. I think there will be some moms and kids shopping for special Father’s Day presents this year."

Jett is the certified golf course superintendent at storied Pinehurst No. 2, which is also on the menu and hosts its third U.S. Open Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open in 2014. He is a past-president of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, which created Rounds4Research.com last year.

On its debut, the auction generated more than $55,000 in new funding for golf turfgrass research, drawing only on courses in the Carolinas. With similarly golf-centric states Georgia, Texas and Virginia coming on line this year, that number is certain to grow significantly, sending much-needed resources into the turf science field in each region.

With traditional funding for that research drying up as states battle budget deficits, and the economy takes its toll on other sources, such as the USGA and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Rounds4Research.com gives the industry and golfers the opportunity to solve at least part of the problem from within.

"But this is more than just a golf industry issue. It’s an issue for the overall economies of all the states that are involved," Jett says. "In the Carolinas alone, golf generates in the order of $8-billion in economic activity each year. That’s a lot of jobs and community benefit riding on the health and conditioning of our golf courses. Turfgrass research provides critical insurance against threats to our courses and golf’s role as a significant economic driver."

To register for this year’s auction, which runs from April 7 through April 21, and view a complete list of courses and packages, go to www.Rounds4Research.com.

Source: Patrick O'Brien 770-229-8125 or patobrien@usga.org and Chris Hartwiger 205-444-5079 or chartwiger@usga.org  

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