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Most people don't realize that we receive little to no resources from our universities to run our programs. You want to hire a technician? Fine, come up with cash and then maybe HR can make it happen. Need to drive across the state to give a talk? You can go wherever you want if you can pay the gas bill. You want a cell phone? Sure, if you have the money you can do that too.
That's why the financial support that we get from the turf industry is so important. Without it, we can't do a thing. This is also why the recent decline in research funding from national organizations like the USGA and GCSAA is so troubling.
|Many of the southeast's best golf courses participate in R4R|
Last fall, the Carolinas GCSA funded 4 research projects at Clemson and NC State for a total of $94,225. The funded projects aim to address major issues like water conservation, nutrient fate, doveweed management, and perhaps most importantly, nematode control. Bruce Martin and I are collaborating on the nematode project, which I will write more about in the coming weeks.
If you have problems with nematodes, or just want to support turfgrass research in the Carolinas, Georgia, or Virginia, then it's not too late to participate in the 2011 Rounds4Research auction. Donations of rounds and golf packages are being accepted until April 4, and the online auction will run from April 10 to 17. All of the details can be found at rounds4research.com. Please help by encouraging your facility to donate, and also by spreading the word to golfers at your club about this rare opportunity to play golf at some of the nations top golf courses!