I wanted to share some information about a very important program that is being conducted by golf course superintendents from across the country in an effort to raise funds and support turfgrass research. I am very proud that Texas has taken a lead role in this program and would like to encourage you to participate. There is a lot of information listed below on how to bid on golf rounds in an auction from around the state. It is a great way to support turfgrass research and a chance to play some of the best courses in Texas at a great deal!
Online auction offers access to golf courses, funds important turfgrass research!
Golf at Texas facilities up for bid as Rounds 4 Research goes live in August!
Rounds of golf at more than 30 golf courses in the Texas are now available to the public for online bidding thru August 11 (Sunday of the PGA Championship!), offering access for golfers that otherwise might not have been possible. The rounds of golf are part of national auction featuring more than 350 golf courses in 28 states, assorted travel packages to some of the top golf destinations in the world and tickets to high profile sports events. Those interested can access view the items and access the auction at www.Rounds4Research.com.Known as Rounds 4 Research, the auction is a venture of the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. It is presented in partnership with the Toro Co. Funds generated from the auction will go to support researched-based activities of GCSAA, its affiliated chapters and regional turfgrass organizations.
This is the second of two auctions conducted by the EIFG this year. A similar array of options for the first Rounds 4 Research auction in June raised $107,000.
The Aug. 1-11 auction will include several packages for high-profile golf events such as the 2014 Masters and U.S. Open golf tournaments, and destinations in Orlando, Hilton Head, S.C., Hawaii, New York City, Sonoma, Calif., New Orleans and Las Vegas. Sporting event packages include the NCAA Final Four, NFL Pro Bowl and Indianapolis 500.
Golf packages up for auction include Trump National Golf Club (N.Y.), Brae Burn Country Club (N.Y.), Victoria National Golf Club (Ind.), PGA West Resort (Calif.), Bighorn Resort (Calif.), LaQuinta (Calif.), TPC Jasna Polana (N.J), Aspen Glen (Colo.), Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club (Wyo.), Pronghorn Golf Club (Ore.), Sunningdale Golf Club (N.Y.), Chambers Bay Golf Course (Wash), Indian Hills Country Club (Kan.), and numerous others.
Golf facilities in Texas participating in the auction include:
Alice Municipal Golf Course; Barton Creek Resort and Spa; Blackhorse Golf Club; Briarcrest Country Club; Buffalo Creek Golf Club; Cimarron Hills Golf and Country Club; Cypress Lakes Golf Club; Forest Creek Golf Club; Hawks Creek Golf Club; High Meadow Ranch Golf Club; Hills of Cove Golf Course; Hogan Park Golf Course; Newport Dunes Golf Club; Oak Hills Country Club; Palo Duro Creek Golf Course; Paris Golf and Country Club; Pecan Plantation Country Club; Pine Forest Country Club; Quick Sand Golf Course; River Crossing Club; Shady Oaks Golf Course; Shady Valley Country Club; Stephen F. Austin Golf Club; The Club at Carlton Woods; The Club at Comanche Trace; The Clubs of Kingwood; The Dye Course – Stonebridge Ranch Country Club; The Hills Course – Stonebridge Ranch Country Club; The Golf Club at Star Ranch; Thorntree Country Club; Walden on Lake Houston; Yoakum County Golf Club; Hidden Hills Golf Course; Woodbridge Golf Club
“These auctions offer a little bit of everything for the sports fan: rounds of golf, travel packages, and tickets to sporting events,” says GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, director of golf at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. “There were some great deals made in the first auction and I am sure there will be many more in this one. The best aspect of this program is the funds are returned to the local and state level to fund research that will directly benefit facilities and golfers.”
About the EIFG
The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. With respect for the game and the environment, the EIFG inspires environmental, social and economic progress through golf for the benefit of communities. Collaboration between the golf industry, environmental interests and communities will lead to programs and services beneficial to all who come into contact with the game of golf. Visit the EIFG at www.eifg.org.
About the GCSAA
GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org.
About the Lone Star GCSA
The Lone Star GCSA represents golf course superintendents and assistants from all parts of Texas. The Lone Star GCSA is established to implement and develop programs and services that serve members, provide value to their career and enhance the profession of the Golf Course Superintendent in Texas.
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