Golf Course Management

JUN 2013

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scholarship that allows citizens of Spain to study turfgrass management in the United States. Learn more about the Valderrama Awards at www.gcsaa. org/Education/Scholarships/ValderramaAwards.aspx. Rounds 4 Research that the EIFG has helped support include making golf facilities more accessible, protecting water sources in New England, preserving the H-2B visa program, and supporting passage of the federal disaster tax relief legislation that does not exclude golf courses. The EIFG also supports GCSAA's participation in National Golf Day, as well as state golf day events. Research The EIFG continued its commitment to funding applied scientifc research in 2012. The following projects are currently receiving funding: Characterization and management of root-infecting Pythium species bentgrass putting greens in the Midwest. G. Miller, J. Workman, B. Fesenburg, and J. Kerns — University of Missouri. Defcit irrigation programs for water conservation in the management of bermudagrass fairways in Texas. B. Wherley, R. Heijl, R. White, and J. Thomas — Texas A&M University. Plant tolerance/resistance to annual bluegrass weevil among bentgrass: Which cultivars are at great risk and which are the best for overseeding/replacement. A. Koppenhofer and O. Kostromytska — Rutgers University. Effects of drought and traffc stresses on physiological responses and water use characteristics of creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stoolonifera) and annual bluegrass (Poa annua). K. Frank and E. Merewitz – Michigan State University. Infuence of best management practices on anthracnose disease control of annual bluegrass turf. J. Murphy and B. Clark – Rutgers University. Jaime Ortiz-Patiño and the Valderrama Awards When the EIFG (then known as The GCSAA Foundation) launched its $5-million endowment campaign, "Investing in the Beauty of Golf," in 1997, it was led by campaign chairman Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, who donated $250,000 of his own money to the effort. Ortiz-Patiño, who passed away in January 2013, was a longtime friend and supporter of the EIFG and GCSAA. A GCSAA member as superintendent, founder and president of Spain's Valderrama Golf Club, he earned GCSAA's highest honor — the Old Tom Morris Award — in 1999. He was a member of the EIFG's Star Club, having donated more than $500,000 to the EIFG in his lifetime. His legacy continues through the Valderrama Awards, an EIFG-funded I-4 Rounds 4 Research, administered by the EIFG and presented in partnership with The Toro Co., is a national campaign aimed at generating resources to address a critical shortage in turfgrass research funding by auctioning donated rounds of golf online and enabling organizations to raise revenue for research programs in their areas. The concept behind the program is simple: golf facilities can support turfgrass research by donating rounds of golf or "stay and play" packages that will be auctioned off online. The EIFG then distributes money back to the participating organizations. For more information about Rounds 4 Research, how organizations or facilities can be part of the program, or how you can purchase donated rounds, visit www.rounds4research.com. Health Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Bayer Environmental Science has launched Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, a multi-faceted program aimed at advancing plant health research and educating superintendents to ensure the health of their courses and the industry for the future. The program will include training and demonstrations for 12 chosen GCSAA-member superintendents. This will include the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Academy that involves classroom training at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., and feld training at the Bayer Training and Development Center in Clayton, N.C. Superintendents who are interested to learn more can sign up to receive updates about Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow at www.backedbybayer.com/healthy-turf. Investing in the Future The theme for 2012 was all about investing in the future. To that end, there were signifcant changes to the structure of the EIFG's Board of Trustees and a renewed focus on branding and fundraising priorities. The biggest investment came when Ken Melrose, retired CEO and chairman of the board of The Toro Co., donated $1 million to the EIFG to fund the Melrose Leadership Academy, which supports the professional development of golf course superintendents by providing individuals the opportunity to attend the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show. Following this exciting news was a rekindled focus by the trustees and executive staff on engaging major donors and industry partners in order to increase the fnancial support for research, environmental programs, education and advocacy. The board of trustees also approved an increase

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