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Golfers tee off to support the N.C. State turfgrass program


If the arrival of warm weather isn’t incentive enough to hit the links, Rounds4Research has recently offered a unique opportunity to golf for a good cause.

The online auction allows golfers to bid for foursomes and golf packages at some of the most exclusive golf courses in the game. Proceeds will benefit turfgrass research programs at N.C. State University, Clemson University and the University of Georgia, as well as turfgrass programs in Texas and Virginia. The live auction runs from April 7 to April 21.

More than 650 golf courses from the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Texas are available for bid. In the Carolinas, these include the prestigious Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., and Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C., home of the PGA Tour's Heritage Classic.

Last year's auction netted $55,000 for N.C. State and Clemson universities.

"In 2009, the auction offered 320 tee times at 260 courses in the Carolinas," said Tim Kreger, executive director of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association (CGSA). "This year, we've nearly doubled the offerings in the Carolinas and added courses in Georgia, Virginia and Texas. We hope this year to raise more than $100,000 in the Carolinas."

Rounds4Research was created by the CGSA in an effort to support university turfgrass programs that, according to the auction Web site, "provide grassroots security for the $5 billion in economic benefit that golf brings to the Carolinas every year."  

-- Suzanne Stanard