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Tee off to support the NC State turfgrass program

April 01, 2010

Media Contact: Jenifer Jordan Reynolds, 919.513.1131 (work) or 919.599.3491 (mobile)

If the arrival of warm weather is't incentive enough to hit the links, Rounds4Research offers a unique opportunity to golf for a good cause.

The online auction gives golfers the chance to bid for foursomes and golf packages at some of the most exclusive golf courses in the game. Proceeds will benefit turfgrass research programs at North Carolina State University, Clemson University and the University of Georgia, as well as turfgrass programs in Texas and Virginia. The live auction runs from April 7 to April 21.

More than 650 golf courses from the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Texas will be available for bid. In the Carolinas, these include the prestigious Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., and Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C., home of the PGA Tour's Heritage Classic.

Last year's auction netted $55,000 for NC State and Clemson universities.

"In 2009, the auction offered 320 tee times at 260 courses in the Carolinas," said Tim Kreger, executive director of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association (CGSA). "This year, we've nearly doubled the offerings in the Carolinas and added courses in Georgia, Virginia and Texas. We hope this year to raise more than $100,000 in the Carolinas."

Rounds4Research was created by the CGSA in an effort to support university turfgrass programs that, according to the auction Web site, "provide grassroots security for the $5 billion in economic benefit that golf brings to the Carolinas every year."

Written by:
Suzanne Stanard, 919-513-3126 or suzanne_stanard@ncsu.edu

Posted by Suzanne at April 1, 2010 02:34 PM