Golf Course Management

APR 2018

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44 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.18 To learn more about the efforts of the Environmental Institute for Golf, GCSAA's philanthropic arm, the funding it provides for turfgrass research, education, advocacy and scholarships, and how you can donate, go to . CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018 of space, a total that did not include the 14,000 square feet of space dedicated to the Inside the Ropes area, which featured those greens, bun - kers and demonstrations of trained geese dogs. The classrooms in San Antonio were also standing room only, with 5,600 seminar seats sold for the week. Superintendents sitting in those seats were treated to 29,525 hours of edu - cation, and 30 of the 97 total classes were new. In the following pages, you'll read more about what went down at GIS 2018, from the results of GCSAA's annual election, the GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl and the GCSAA Golf Championships, to highlights from the show-stopping educational offerings and a recap of some of the new products unveiled on the trade show floor. Toro extends R4R support The Toro Co. extended its support of the Rounds 4 Research program with a grant of $50,000 to the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of GCSAA, announced during GIS in San Antonio. With this contribution, Toro has do - nated $300,000 to the program over the past six years. Rounds 4 Research is designed to address a critical shortage in turfgrass research funding by auctioning donated rounds of golf online. The program allows GCSAA chapters and turfgrass foundations to participate as fund - raising partners and direct the proceeds from auctioned rounds to specific projects that will have the most significant impact in their areas. Since its launch in 2012, Rounds 4 Research has raised more than $800,000. The 2018 auction will be April 30 to May 6 and is avail - able to preview at rounds4research . The program is administered by the EIFG and presented in partnership with Toro. "Toro's continued support of and commit - ment to Rounds 4 Research has been a huge factor in the success of the program," said GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. "The funds raised provide long-term benefit for the entire golf industry." "Research funding is critical to providing the innovation needed for facilities to oper - ate more efficiently, to enhance environmen- tal performance, and to provide more enjoy- able playing conditions," said Judson McNeil, president of The Toro Foundation. "Our part - nership with the EIFG on Rounds 4 Research furthers our long history of collaborating with superintendents to provide golfers with healthy turf on which to play the sport they love." Toro is a longtime partner of the EIFG, donating more than $2 million since 1987 to help support scientific research, education and scholarships for future turfgrass professionals. As the exclusive presenting partner of Rounds 4 Research, Toro is a Victory Club member in the EIFG's Cumulative Giving Program and is a GCSAA Platinum Partner. The Andersons steps up for Silent Auction The Andersons donated more than $25,000 in products for the 2018 Silent Auction con - ducted during GIS, which benefits the EIFG. With this donation, The Andersons moves up to the Governor's Club level of the EIFG's Cumulative Giving Program, for donors who have contributed between $50,000 and $99,999 since 1987. In addition, they are Silver Partners in GCSAA's Partner Recognition Program. "The Andersons has, time and time again, been a great friend to GCSAA and the EIFG," Evans said. "This donation to the Silent Auc - tion helps fund the important work of the EIFG, which includes funding research grants and scholarships that foster sustainability in the golf industry." The donation from The Andersons, a diver - sified company rooted in agriculture, includes pallets of their Contec DG, Foltec SG and HCU turf nutrient products. A horse-drawn stagecoach brought the leaders of the Golf Industry Show's partner associations — including 2017 GCSAA President Bill H. Maynard, CGCS (left) and GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans (second from left) — onto the Inside the Ropes area to officially open GIS for business in San Antonio. Photo by Montana Pritchard

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