Play golf, support Clemson turfgrass research through Rounds 4 Research
CLEMSON — If dad didn’t seem all that thrilled with the Father’s Day gift you presented to him last week, here’s your shot at redemption.
You can get him a round of golf at his favorite course and support Clemson and N.C. State turfgrass research through Rounds 4 Research, a unique fundraising effort that allows golfers to bid on rounds of golf for two or four or “stay and play” packages and other items at www.rounds4research.com.
There are 244 golf rounds that have been donated by golf courses and clubs such as Sage Valley Golf Club and Daniel Island Club throughout the Carolinas. The auction runs through June 22.
Rounds 4 Research is the result of a partnership between the Environmental Institute for Golf, Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association and participating golf courses.
“Golfers are well aware of the research and development that goes into that $600 custom driver and $4 ball, but without research and development into turfgrass and golf course management, golf as we know it wouldn’t exist,” said Dara Park, assistant professor of turfgrass and soil and water quality specialist in Clemson University’s School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences.
Rounds 4 Research has funded several research projects at Clemson to determine the distribution and lessen the impact of microscopic grass-killing insects known as nematodes and to evaluate the effectiveness of currently available experimental products for protecting grass from damaging insects and disease. Clemson researchers also are coming up with ways to lessen the ecological impact of golf course management.
Every year Clemson presents its findings to turfgrass managers from across the Carolinas during its Turfgrass Research and Education Field Days, as well as guest speakers for seminars and workshops at other turf oriented venues.
Since its inception in 2009, Rounds 4 Research has raised more than $350,000 for turf research, said Tim Kreger, Carolinas GCSA executive director.
“And over $200,000 has already been awarded to Clemson and N.C. State through cooperative grants for turfgrass research,” Kreger added.