Kansas, United States: The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has selected seven new research projects to fund in 2016.
The research funds are made available to GCSAA through a block grant from the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), GCSAA’s philanthropic organisation.
Funding was increased by US$10,000 over 2015, with GCSAA funding US$110,000 in research this year.
Four of the projects are part of GCSAA’s Chapter Cooperative Research Programme. Under this programme, each participating GCSAA chapter identifies one or more research projects that address ‘a significant local issue’ for superintendents.
After a chapter has pledged financial support for a project, the researchers are eligible to apply for a grant from GCSAA’s Chapter Cooperative Research Programme.
The new studies were funded based on recommendations by the GCSAA Research Committee and approved by the association’s Board of Directors.
The three additional grants are through other specific EIFG programmes, including the Dr Michael Hurdzan Endowment (focused on environmental research with the goal of reducing requirements for water, fertiliser, pesticides or fossil fuels in golf course maintenance); the Aquatrol’s Robert A. Moore Endowment (focused on applied research for optimising the growing environment for golf course turf, while minimising inputs of water, fertiliser and pesticides); and the Mark Kizziar Research Grant (focused on optimising water use on golf courses).
“Research continues to be a cornerstone of GCSAA’s efforts, and through the generous support of the EIFG we were able to expand our funding by US$10,000 this year,” Rhett Evans, the GCSAA’s Chief Executive Officer, said.
“This research is vital to the future of golf, and GCSAA is committed to supporting applied, problem-solving projects that not only help golf course superintendents, but also help to provide more enjoyable conditions while protecting the environment.”