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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 six new research projects in 2020. Two new O.J. Noer projects, three Chapter Cooperative projects and one Dr. Michael Hurdzan Endowment project were funded. The 2020 projects were selected by the GCSAA Research Committee and approved by the GCSAA Board of Directors.

Currently, there are fourteen other on-going research projects funded by GCSAA. 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.

2020 Research Grant Program projects


Optimizing Fungicide Programming for Dollar Spot Control in Bentgrass Fairways

James A. Murphy Ph.D., Rutgers University. Chapter Cooperative Grant co-funded by GCSA of New Jersey Foundation and the New Jersey Turfgrass Foundation.

Development of Solutions for Goosegrass Herbicide Resistance and Dwarfism in Golf Course Putting Greens

Scott McElroy Ph.D., Auburn University. Chapter Cooperative Grant co-funded by the Alabama GCSA and Alabama Turf Research Foundation.

Long Term Effects of Topdressing and Cultivation Practices on an Annual Bluegrass Putting Green

Alec Kowalewski, Ph.D., Oregon State University. Chapter Cooperative Grant co-funded by Oregon GCSA and Northern California GCSA

Developing Minimum Levels for Sustainable Nutrition (MLSN) for New England Golf Course Soils

Karl Guillard, Ph.D., University of Connecticut. Dr. Michael Hurdzan Endowment Grant.

NEW for 2019/2020: O.J. Noer:

Microbial communities associated with dollar spot suppressive soils on golf courses

Paul Koch, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin. O.J. Noer Research Grant co-funded by Wisconsin GCSA.

Long-term suppression of turfgrass insect pests with native persistent entomopathogenic nematodes

Albrect M. Koppenhöffer, Ph.D., Rutgers University O.J. Noer Research Grant.