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Rounds 4 Research
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 2016. The projects were awarded through the EIFG Chapter Cooperative Grant Program, in which affiliated chapters also contribute funds to the study.

The 2016 projects were selected by the GCSAA Research Committee and approved by the GCSAA Board of Directors.

2016 Chapter Cooperative Grant Program projects

Performance and Recovery of Four Turfgrass Species Subjected to Golf Cart Traffic during Prolonged Drought

Dale Bremer, Ph.D., Kansas State University, funded by the EIFG’s Aquatrol's Robert A. Moore Endowment

Late-Fall Wetting Agent Application to Enhance the Winter Survival of Ultradwarf Bermudagrass Putting Greens

Douglas Karcher, Ph.D., University of Arkansas, funded by the EIFG’S Dr. Michael Hurdzan Endowment

Developing Optimal Management Programs for Annual Bluegrass Weevil Populations with Different Insecticide Resistance Levels

Albrecht Koppenhofer, Rutgers University, co-funded by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey, New Jersey Turfgrass Association, Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association, Long Island Golf Course Superintendents Association and Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents through the Chapter Cooperative Research Program

Efficacy of Turfgrass Chemical Priming to Improve Creeping Bentgrass Responses to Drought Stress

Emily Merewitz, Ph.D., Michigan State University, co-funded by the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation and Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association through the Chapter Cooperative Research Program

Using Bentgrass Tolerance, Disease Predictive Models and Fungicide Timing to Control Dollar Spot on Fairway Turf

James Murphy, Ph.D., Rutgers University, co-funded by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey and Tri-State Research Foundation Inc. through the Chapter Cooperative Research Program

An Enzymatic Approach to Remediate Water Repellency of Turfgrass Soils

Paul Raymer, Ph.D., University of Georgia, co-funded by the Georgia Golf Environmental Foundation through the Chapter Cooperative Research Program

Establishing a Research-Based Guidance for Selection and Use of Wetting Agents for Improving Infiltration and Re-Wettability on Water-Repellent Sand Greens

Xi Xiong, Ph.D., University of Missouri, funded by the EIFG’s Mark Kizziar Research Grant

Ongoing research projects

Plant uptake of propiconazole applied as a snow mold fungicide and the impact of application timing on snow mold control

Paul Koch, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, co-funded by the Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association through the Chapter Cooperative Research Program

Fungicide Alternative Management Practices for Microdochium Patch

Alec Kowalewski, Ph.D, Oregon State University, co-funded by the Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Oregon Turfgrass Foundation through the Chapter Cooperative Research Program

Reconnaissance Study of Nitrate and Phosphorus Concentrations at Iowa Golf Courses

Keith E. Schilling, Ph.D., and Ryan Adams, M.S., University of Iowa and Iowa State University Turfgrass Extension
Chapter Cooperative Research Grant and with matching funds from Iowa GCSA and Iowa Turfgrass Institute

Billbug Species Composition and Life Cycle on Missouri Zoysiagrass Fairways

Xi Xiong, Ph.D., and Bruce A. Barrett, Ph.D., University of Missouri
Chapter Cooperative Research Grant and with matching funds from the Mississippi Valley GCSA

Rover Ant (Brachymyrmex sp.) control at Hualalai Golf Course/Resort, Hawaii

Zhiqiang Cheng, Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa
Funded through the Dr. Michael Hurdzan Endowment and with matching funds from the Hawaii GCSA and the University of Hawaii

Potential for Managing Annual Bluegrass Weevil in Overwintering Habitats Using Entomopathogenic Nematodes and Fungi

Kyle G. Wickings, Ph.D. Cornell University
Funded through the Dr. Michael Hurdzan Endowment and with matching funds from Cornell University

Incorporating cultivation practices and products to reduce salinity parameters from poor quality irrigation water on golf course fairways

Joseph Young, Ph.D., and Theophilus Udeigwe, Ph.D. Texas Tech University
Funded through the Aquatrol’s Robert A. Moore Endowment and with match funds through Texas Tech University and the USGA

Insecticide resistant annual bluegrass weevil: Understanding, managing and preventing a superintendent’s nightmare

Albrecht M. Koppenhöfer, Ph.D., and Olga Kostromytska, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Co-funded by Connecticut AGCS, GCSA of New Jersey, Hudson Valley GCSA, Long Island GCSA, Metropolitan GCSA, Mountain & Valley GCSA, New Jersey Turfgrass Association and Pocono Turfgrass Association

Use of giberellin synthesis-inhibiting plant growth regulators for the prevention of Acidovorax avenae infection of creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera)

T. Karl Danneberger, Ph.D., and David S. Gardner, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Co-funded by Miami Valley GCSA and Greater Cincinnati GCSA

Characterization and management of root-infecting Pythium species bentgrass putting greens in the Midwest

Gerald (Lee) Miller, Ph.D., University of Missouri
Co-funded by Heart of America GCSA, Ozark Turf Association, the Wisconsin GCSA and the Mark Kizziar Research Grant administered by the EIFG