Seven new research projects will be funded in 2015 by The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) through a grant from the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG). In total, more than $100,000 will be funded.
Four of the projects are part of GCSAA’s Chapter Cooperative Research Program, which funds a research project that addresses “a significant local issue” for superintendents. Two projects are funded through the Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan Endowment fund, which targets environmental research on golf courses. The final project is funded through the EIFG’s Aquatrols’ Robert A. Moore Endowment Fund, which supports applied research for optimizing the growing environment for golf course turf.
“We are very fortunate through the general support the EIFG receives, to have multiple programs and endowments to fund research across many spectrums,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “GCSAA is committed to contributing to the future of the game of golf, and research is a vital component of protecting that future.”
The research projects chosen for funding in 2015 are:
- Plant uptake of propiconazole Applied as a Snow Mold Fungicide and the Impact of Application Timing on Snow Mold Control
Paul Koch, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, co-funded by the Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association through the Chapter Cooperative Research Program
- Fungicide Alternative Management Practices for Microdochium Patch
Alec Kowalewski, Ph.D, Oregon State University, co-funded by the Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Oregon Turfgrass Foundation through the Chapter Cooperative Research Program
- Reconnaissance Study of Nitrate and Phosphorus Concentrations at Iowa Golf Courses
Keith E. Schilling, Ph.D, Iowa Geological Survey, University of Iowa, and Ryan Adams, M.S., Iowa State University Turfgrass Extension, co-funded by the Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association and Iowa Turfgrass Institute through the Chapter Cooperative Research Program
- Billbug Species Composition and Life Cycle on Missouri Zoysiagrass Fairways
Xi Xong. Ph.D, and Bruce A. Bartlett, Ph.D., University of Missouri, co-funded by the Mississippi Valley Golf Course Superintendents Association through the Chapter Cooperative Research Program
- Rover Ant (Brachymyrmex sp.) Control at Hualalai Golf Course / Resort, Hawaii
Zhiqiang Cheng, Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa, funded by the Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan Endowment. The Hawaii GCSA is also supporting this project and the university is providing matching funds.
- Potential for Managing Annual Bluegrass Weevil in Overwintering Habitats Using Entomopathogenic Nematodes and Fungi
Kyle G. Wickings, Cornell University, funded by the Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan Endowment
- Incorporating Cultivation Practices and Products to Reduce Salinity Parameters from Poor Quality Irrigation Water on Golf Course Fairways
Joseph Young, Ph.D., and Theophilus Udeigwe, Ph.D., Texas Tech University, funded by the Aquatrols’ Robert A. Moore Endowment. Texas Tech University is proving matching funds for the project through a grant from the USGA.