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Rounds 4 Research is the EIFG's latest national campaign aimed at generating resources to address that need and help to ensure golf's future.

Current research

Through support provided by the EIFG, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America announced it will fund seven new research projects in 2017. The projects were awarded through the EIFG Chapter Cooperative Grant Program, in which affiliated chapters also contribute funds to the study.

The 2017 projects were selected by the GCSAA Research Committee and approved by the GCSAA Board of Directors.

2017 Chapter Cooperative Grant Program projects

Developing programs for annual bluegrass control in creeping bentgrass fairways using annual bluegrass weevil, plant growth regulators, and interseeding

Matthew T. Elmore, Ph.D., Rutgers University. Co-funded by the New Jersey Turfgrass Association/New Jersey Turfgrass Foundation.

Soil physical effects of using the DryJect or Air2G2 on creeping bentgrass putting greens

Charles Fontanier, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University. Funded through the EIFG’s Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan Endowment, which supports environmental research on golf courses.

Fungicide alternative management practices for microdochium patch

Alexander Kowalewski, Ph.D., Oregon State University. Co-funded by the Oregon GCSA and the Oregon Turf Foundation.

Tailoring water use to warm-season grasses in golf courses using low-cost drone technology mounted with a multispectral camera

Monique Leclerc, Ph.D., University of Georgia. Funded through the EIFG’s Aquatrols’ Robert A. Moore Endowment, which supports applied research for optimizing the growing environment for golf course turf while minimizing inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides. Co-funded by the University of Georgia Research Foundation.

Mapping spring dead spot using unmanned aerial vehicles for site-specific management

David McCall, Ph.D., Virginia Tech University. Co-funded by the Virginia GCSA.

Turfgrass colorants: A look inside using scanning electron microscopy

Casey Reynolds, Ph.D., Texas A&M. Co-funded by the Lone Star Chapter of GCSAA.

Influence of nitrogen source and water quality on foliar and root nitrogen uptake efficiency

Ben Wherley, Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Funded through the EIFG’s Mark Kizziar Research Grant, which supports work that will help produce well-conditioned golf courses while minimizing consumption of water. Co-funded by the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Science.