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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.

Research focus area: Turfgrass management

Turfgrass management research ranges from turfgrass cultivars and species selection, equipment and technology, to investigating practices like aerification, nutrient management, and mowing. Universities throughout the country conduct this research to advance management programs for superintendents to save money, provide marketable conditions and conserve natural resources. In addition, research helps to improve technology and its application on the golf course. The EIFG has supported the following projects:

Soil Physical and Chemical Characteristics of Aging Golf Greens
Roch Gaussoin, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Water Retention of Sand-Based Root Zones with Organic and Inorganic Amendments
Doug Karcher, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas

Grasses for Overseeding Bermudagrass Fairways
Kevin Morris
National Turfgrass Evaluation Program

Fine Fescues and Colonial summaries/Bentgrasses for Fairways
Brian Horgan, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota

Warm-Season Native Grasses for Playable Roughs
Tom Voigt, Ph.D.
University of Illinois, Urbana

Field Evaluation of Winterkill in Annual Bluegrass and Creeping Bentgrass
David Minner, Ph.D.
Iowa State University

Painting Dormant Bermudagrass Putting Greens
Haibo Liu, Ph.D.
Clemson University

Foliar vs. Granular Fertilization on Creeping Bentgrass
Haibo Liu, Ph.D.
Clemson University

The Nature and Control of Black Layer
William L. Berndt, Ph.D.
Florida Gulf Coast University
and Joseph M. Vargas Jr., Ph.D.
Michigan State University

Overseeded Bermudagrass: Improving Turf Aesthetics During Spring Transition
Shawn Askew, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech

Perennial Ryegrass Competition Affects Bermudagrass Health
Shawn Askew, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech

Reducing annual bluegrass during fairway conversion to Kentucky bluegrass
Andrew Hoiberg and Dave Minner, Ph.D.
Iowa State University
Bruce Branham, Ph.D.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Physical water conditioners for managing turfgrasses
Bernd Leinauer, Ph.D., Ty Barrick, Matteo Serena, Marco Schiavon, and Bernd Maier
New Mexico State University

Managing thatch with fungal laccase
Sudeep S. Sidhu, Ph.D.; Qingguo Huang, Ph.D.; Robert N. Carrow, Ph.D.; and Paul L. Raymer, Ph.D.
University of Georgia

Overseeding preparation techniques for fairway seashore paspalum
D.M. Kopec, Ph.D.; J. Gilbert, M.S.; M. Pessarakli, Ph.D.; and S.P. Nolan
University of Arizona

Frequent venting of bermudagrass greens: Effects on infiltration and water content
Charles H. Fontanier, M.S., and Richard H. White, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University
James C. Thomas, M.S., C.P. Ag.
Texas Agrilife Research, College Station