The Els for Autism 2020 Golf Challenge is a series of regional golf events open to amateur golfers of either gender to benefit the Els for Autism Foundation. The Golf Challenge will be played throughout the US and Canada during the 7-month period from March through September, 2020. The Els for Autism Golf Challenge also includes an option of running your own affiliate event or donating as a non-golfer. Teams that raise $15,000 or more in donations will advance to The Grand Finale, to be held during the Fall of 2020. 

What is an Affiliate Event?
Affiliate Events are any type of fundraiser that includes Els for Autism Foundation as a benefitting charity of that event. These events may include, but are not limited to, a golf tournament, charity auction, 5K walk or run, casino night, fashion show, gala and more!

How do you register your Affiliate Event?
All Affiliate Events must be registered. Once the registration form is completed, you will be contacted within 5 business days with more details and helpful tips for fundraising by the Els for Autism Events team.
Please note, if your Affiliate Event is a golf tournament, your event location and date should not conflict with any of the scheduled 2020 Golf Challenge Regional Events in the U.S. or Canada. These event dates are all listed here

How do I run an Affiliate Event?
Kindly note, the Els for Autism Foundation will not be able to cover start-up costs, so hosts should ensure that they can recoup costs through ticket sales or registration fees.
The Els for Autism Foundation will provide the following:

  • Els for Autism small gift for each guest attending (i.e. Ribbon Pins)
  • An auction item package, including an Ernie Els’ autographed photo
  • Remote support from the Els for Autism Foundation events team
  • Event signage for the cost of shipping fees
  • A donation receipts upon the delivery of the Affiliate Event donation
  • 2 tickets to the Grand Finale to be held in the Fall of 2020

The Golf Challenge is open to all amateur and professional golfers. A professional golfer may not be elibigable to win the tourament and scores will not be counted toward final tournment results. At least one team member must be 18 years of age or over.

Teams that raise $15,000 or more in donations will advance to The Grand Finale, to be held in the Fall of 2020. Teams competing in Regional events or members of the Affiliate Event Program can ONLY qualify for the Grand Finale by raising $15,000 or more. All teams across the Golf Challenge series and in the Affiliate Event Program will have until September 30th at 3PM EST to qualify for The Grand Finale.

  • Access to the Grand Finale for a two-person team with one guest per player
  • 1 x two player team in the Grand Finale golf tournament
  • Invitation to the Welcome Party
  • Invitation to Awards Ceremony
  • Two nights’ accommodation (based on double occupancy)
  • Autism consultations by appointment for guests
  • Luxury Gift Bag for each player

No, winners will not advance to the Grand Finale in 2020. Teams must raise at least $15,000 to qualify for the Grand Finale. However, winners will be awarded with a Regional event prize and a $7,500 fundraising credit that may be used towards the $15,000 goal.

Visit the Event Schedule. Choose the event you are interested in participating in. Once you’ve reached the Regional event page, you have two options – sign up online with a credit card or mail in a check. If you are choosing to pay by check, download the PDF version of the registration form and mail along with your payment.

Visit the Donate page. Search for the person you are looking to donate on behalf of and click the link for their team. Now that you are on their team page, click the ‘donate now’ button and donate. They will receive notification of your donation.