Registration is now open for the eighth-annual Els for Autism Golf Challenge, supported by organising sponsors SAP and Wine Spectator.
It remains one of the largest international charity-driven amateur golf tournaments in history, having raised more than $18 million since its inception in 2011.
The Golf Challenge, spearheaded by four-time Major champion and World of Golf Hall of Fame member, Ernie Els, is an event series held between April and October at more than 15 of North America’s finest golf courses. Among the venues on this year’s schedule are: PGA National Champion Course, Sahalee Country Club, Harbour Town Golf Links, Conway Farms Golf Club and Trump National GC Bedminster.
In this event series, a team’s fundraising ability is valued as much as their performance on the golf course. Teams compete in a combined low-net event for a selection of first class regional prizes and all teams that fundraise $13,000 or more will join Ernie at the Grand Finale in Palm Beach, FL at The Breakers Hotel on October 28-29.
Each team registers online at www.e4aGolf.com and is encouraged to choose an “Honorary Captain”, an individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Teams are assigned their own fundraising page and may share it with friends, family and colleagues soliciting donations for their team. Non-golfers and those unable to play in a regional event are invited to participate in the fundraising drive by creating their own ‘Affiliate Event’. Affiliate Events that raise $13,000 or more earn the chance to travel to Palm Beach and participate in the Grand Finale.
Els for Autism is proud to announce that a family of highly-respected global brands are supporting Ernie in his philanthropic efforts through the 2018 Golf Challenge. Sponsors include Presenting Sponsor, SAP and the Organizing Sponsor, Wine Spectator. Proceeds from the Golf Challenge benefit Els for Autism in the U.S. and Canada. Proceeds from the Canadian events are used to disseminate Els for Autism programs and are also granted to a variety of autism-focused, non-profit organizations in the territory or province in which they are raised. Proceeds from the U.S. events predominantly fund the build-out and programs of The Els Center of Excellence.
“As we kick-off the eighth year of the Golf Challenge, I extend a wholehearted thank you to our family of dedicated sponsors, players and donors”, Liezl Els, Els for Autism Founder and Managing Director, said. “Because of your support, we have a beautiful campus to serve individuals with autism spectrum disorder from around the world. For the second year, we are excited to be welcoming our top fund raisers to Palm Beach this October.”
For more information on the Golf Challenge and to register, visit: www.e4aGolf.com.