Rounds 4 Research 2019

As you may know, Rounds 4 Research was started in 2012 to address funding shortages in the areas of turfgrass research, education and advocacy.

The premise of the program is simple: Golf facilities can support the effort by donating rounds of golf for two or four or “stay and play” packages and other items that will be auctioned online through a nationwide auction from April 29 – May 5, 2019.

The proceeds from the online auction are designated by the participating facilities to their local GCSA chapter (in this case, GCSANC). 80 percent goes to the chapter with the remaining 20 percent going to EIFG to assist with marketing and technical costs of running the national auction.

The auction is conducted through the bidding platform biddingforgood.com. Donated items can be viewed here. GCSANC can then decide how best to spend the funds in the areas of research, education or advocacy efforts.

We are asking you to consider donating a twosome or foursome from your facility to the auction. In times of declining membership, participation and sponsorship, these additional funds can be critical to our chapter to continue providing the member services to which you have become accustomed. The donation process can be completed online and takes approximately 10 minutes. You can visit here to complete the form.

The participating facility has the ability to restrict rounds to certain days and times, as well as the option of setting your opening bid. You can send in your own certificate for the donation or the EIFG will create a certificate for you.

Thank you for your time and consideration. You will be assisting your local chapter as well as raising funds for the future of the game.

View the Rounds 4 Research FAQ sheet here.

In Memoriam: Randal C. Gai, CGCS

We are extremely saddened to inform you of the passing of Randal “Randy” Gai, CGCS, on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Randy’s involvement with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California spans decades, including tenures as a member of our Board of Directors, President, and member of our planning committee for The Institute.

It would be a monumental task to fully describe Randy’s impact on our association, our industry, Claremont Country Club, and colleagues during a career that spanned over forty years. It was because of his outstanding career of service that Randy received our 2013 George Santana Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment, dedication and contribution to our association and the turfgrass industry.

Randy was also awarded our Excellence in Turfgrass Management Award in 1991 and Superintendent of the Year in 1995. He was a Class A Life Member of our association.

Randy is survived by his son Greg, an F16 pilot for a NATO squad currently stationed in Italy, and his daughter Chelsea, who has stayed local and currently attends school. Randy was a tremendous friend and mentor to so many over the span of his career, which began at the age of 13.

Randy was loved dearly by his colleagues and will be greatly, greatly missed.

To learn a little more about Randy, please see our article here written in honor of his recognition as our 2013 George Santana Distinguished Service Award recipient.

We send our deepest condolences to Randy’s family, friends and colleagues.