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By now you have probably heard that the Calusa is participating in the Rounds 4 Research program.
In case you were not aware or do not know much about this program, I will digress just a bit. You might remember in mid 2012 the Environmental Institute for Golf (GCSAA’s philanthropic organization) announced that it would be conducting Rounds 4 Research after the Carolinas GCSA administered it on a smaller scale for three years.
Working with a handful of chapters, the Carolinas GCSA generated nearly $350,000 in three years to support local research and advocacy efforts. Noting that the program had grown beyond its administrative capacity, the Carolinas approached GCSAA with the challenge to take it national and share this wonderful opportunity with others.
So why is Calusa involved in Rounds 4 Research? Quite frankly, we are operating in an unsustainable manner in addressing many of our needs. We know research dollars are getting tougher to generate. We know that we need to engage with local and state lawmakers to advocate on behalf of our game and business. We know that we need to attract the best and the brightest to continue our profession through scholarship. In short, we have needs that we cannot sustain with the resources we generate by ourselves and industry partners.
Rounds 4 Research is based on the practice of securing donated rounds of golf and putting them up for public auction. This mechanism provides for the end user – the golfer – to contribute directly to activities that ultimately benefit them, their facilities and the game.
While the funds come from golfers, the onus is on us as a chapter to build an inventory of rounds. I am asking each of you to work with your facility leadership to secure one tee-time (defined as a foursome) in each of the next two years (2013 and 2014). You can do this by completing the online donation form at www.rounds4research.com or by contacting Noel Riley, GCSAA’s Coordinator, Environmental Programs at 1.800.472.7878 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and the information will be entered for you.
I am excited about the opportunity presented to us. But this will take a commitment by each and every one of us to secure donated rounds and promote the program to our golfers / patrons / members.