Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 15 to participate in a great cause. Old Chatham is encouraging its members that day to bid on a foursome in an online silent auction for Rounds 4 Research, a program that generates revenue that supports turfgrass research.
Rounds 4 Research began as a pet project by Tim Kreiger in 2012 when he was executive director of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association (CGCSA). Old Chatham Head Golf Course Superintendent Brian Powell currently serves as President of the CGCSA. The CGCSA is keenly interested in promoting funding for turfgrass research, because the activity helps develop improved turfgrass varieties and new plant protectants that in turn benefit game play.
To help with this mission, each year in the summer, Rounds 4 Research encourages golf clubs such as Old Chatham to donate a round of golf for four, with the highest bidder winning. All money raised from the bids will go back to local programs, which means dollars generated from rounds in the Carolinas will go to assist the turfgrass programs at both Clemson and North Carolina State Universities. Since its inception, Rounds 4 Research has raised approximately $75,000 to benefit both universities.
Rounds 4 Research became such a successful fundraiser that the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) adopted it for use by other regional superintendents associations across the United States in 2013. The program has raised nearly $150,000 for turfgrass research by GCSAA members. Rounds 4 Research is administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf (the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA) and presented in partnership with the Toro Co.