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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 five new research projects in 2021. Research grants from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) are supporting five new research projects this year at universities across the country. One new O.J. Noer project, three Chapter Cooperative Research Program projects, one Dr. Michael Hurdzan Endowment project, one Mark Kizziar Research project and one Aquatrols' Robert A. Moore project were funded. The 2021 projects were selected by the GCSAA Research Committee and approved by the GCSAA Board of Directors.

Currently, there are 11 on-going research projects funded by GCSAA for 2021. GCSAA’s research provides solutions to issues golf course superintendents face with the management of their facilities. Funding for the research comes to GCSAA through the Environmental Institute for Golf and specifically the generosity of its donors. Research within the golf course industry significantly contributes to the industry’s innovation as well as the leadership and professionalism of the superintendents.

2021 Research Grant Program projects


Investigation of Water Submersion Tolerance of Fine fescues (Festuca spp.) in Comparison to Other Cool-season Turfgrass Species

Aaron Patton, Ph.D., primary investigator at Purdue University, through GCSAA's O.J. Noer Research Grant

Effects of Plant Growth Regulators on Putting Green Aerification Recovery

Alec Kowalewski, Ph.D., primary investigator at Oregon State University, through GCSAA’s Mark Kizziar Research Grant and Chapter Cooperative grant in collaboration with the Oregon Turf Foundation.

Late-Season Nitrogen Management for Bermudagrass Fairways in the Southern United States

Benjamin Wherley, Ph.D., primary investigator at Texas A&M University, through GCSAA’s Aquatrols’ Robert A. Moore Endowment with matching funds through Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences.

Optimizing the use of annual bluegrass weevil to control annual bluegrass in creeping bentgrass fairways

Albrecht M. Koppenhöfer, Ph.D., primary investigator at Rutgers University, through GCSAA’s Dr. Mike Hurdzan Endowment and Chapter Cooperative grant in collaboration with the New Jersey Turfgrass Foundation, GCSA of New Jersey Foundation, Long Island GCSA, and Metropolitan GCSA.

Understanding False-Green Kyllinga Biology for Integrated Management in Cool-Season Turfgrass

Matthew Elmore, Ph.D, primary investigator at Rutgers University, in collaboration with Aaron Patton Ph.D., at Purdue University, through GCSAA’s Chapter Cooperative research grant in collaboration with the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation, New Jersey Turfgrass Foundation and GCSA of New Jersey Foundation.