The 2015 Rounds 4 Research (R4R) auction is right around the corner and now is the time to donate a foursome from your facility to assist your chapter in raising funds for turfgrass research.
This year’s auction is scheduled for June 8-21 in conjunction with the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay (Wash.). Donated rounds need to be submitted by May 15, and 80 percent of the funds from the donated rounds go back directly to the chapter in which they were solicited and designated.
While your chapter leaders are heading up solicitation efforts in each respective region, the success of the program depends upon an “all hands on deck” approach. As a member, you can assist your chapter by volunteering for the R4R committee, donating a foursome from your facility and reaching out to other superintendents in the area to make them aware of the program and the benefits R4R brings to turfgrass research at the local and state level.
Nine out of 10 chapters in the southwest region participate in the program and two chapters (Hi-Lo Desert GCSA and Southern Nevada GCSA) finished in the top 10 nationally, in terms of funds raised.
The online auction will once again be conducted through biddingforgood.com and all courses donating rounds have the ability to market their course by including a short description, photo and web link. Furthermore, GCSAA provides resources for fundraising partners at http://www.rounds4research.com/participating-organizations/.
The auctions will also be promoted by our allied golf industry partners, including the United States Golf Association, PGA of America, state and regional golf associations (NCGA, SCGA, SNGA) and The Golf Channel. Additionally, SiriusXM PGA TOUR radio will be promoting the program on Sirius channel 208 and XM 93.
To donate, visit www.rounds4research.com and click on the Donate Now button. The entire process takes less than 10 minutes and you will be providing the golf industry with a better tomorrow.
If you have any additional questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your support of Rounds 4 Research.