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Tournament to benefit turfgrass study

It's a tournament for the soft grass that golf is played on, but its benefits go much further _ to homeowners, condominiums, landscapers, pasture lands and farmers.

The fifth annual Envirotron Golf Classic will return to World Woods Golf Club April 21, with the money raised going toward the purchase of research equipment for the Envirotron Research Facility at the University of Florida.

The tournament features a pair of 18-hole, four-man scrambles with handicap played on two of the nation's top courses as rated by Golf Digest

_ Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks. There will be a buffet following the golf, along with a raffle and silent auction. The entry fee is $125.

The Envirotron Research Facility, funded in part by the Florida Turfgrass Association, is a 3,100-square-foot field laboratory. Opened in 1993, the facility has a greenhouse, four climate-controlled glass houses, two walk-in growth chambers, two laboratories, study areas, classrooms, offices and student housing.

The charge of the facility is to study and develop new technology on the relationship of turfgrass with biological, environmental and cultural factors. In other words, studying the turfgrass system from "root to blade."

"It's functions like the Envirotron Golf Classic that create partnerships working toward the common goal of creating a better understanding of and developing new technologies related to turfgrass," FTGA president Roy Bates said.