Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association created a program to help raise much needed funds to help support local research, education and provide scholarships. In three years time the Carolinas GCSA raised over $350,000.00 through an online auction of donated rounds. The popularity of the program was so successful that last year the Environmental Institute for Golf (GCSAA's philanthropic organization) launched the program nationwide so more state chapters and turfgrass foundations could benefit from this great program.
Today the Tennessee GCSA launched it's participation in the Rounds 4 Research program in Tennessee for the first year. Donated golf rounds be auctioned on the Rounds 4 Research site from August 1-11, 2013 and winning bidders will have one year to play their round (usually defined as a round of 4 golfers). The great thing about this program is that it gives golfers the possibility to play courses that they may not have ready access to, but most of all a minimum of 80% of the funds raised by the auction will be returned directly to the TGCSA for use to fund research at local universities, provide environmental education, and educational scholarships.
I am very excited about this opportunity and I hope that anyone reading our blog will keep this program in mind as we get closer to the auction date and bid on the donated rounds.