Golfer Ernie Els plans Florida autism charity events

Ernie Els now has a charity event for amateurs that will reward fundraising skills as much as good golf, hopeful it can raise upward of $3 million to help build a center for autistic children.

It’s called the “Els For Autism Golf Challenge,” and it will involve at least 32 tournaments across the country featuring two-player teams that qualify depending on how much money they raise for the project.

Els, a three-time major champion and one of golf’s most popular figures worldwide, disclosed in March 2008 that his 8-year-old son, Ben, has autism. A year later, the South African announced plans to build the “Els for Autism Center of Excellence” in South Florida to be a research and education facility for children with autism.

“Years from now, people may remember me as a golfer and a major champion,” Els said. “But I’d like also to be remembered as somebody who took the issue of autism and did something with it.”

via Ernie Els plans charity events for autism.

Golfers play 42 courses in 24 hours for Alzheimer’s charity

We’ve seen a lot of golf fundraisers for Alzheimer’s — but this is fundraiser in northeast England is a lot of golf for Alzheimer’s!

FORTY two courses, 365 miles, 24 hours – that’s the novel challenge facing four plucky golfers.

Peter Simpson and three golfing buddies are aiming to play a hole at every course in Northumberland today.

Peter, the full-time manager and secretary at Alnmouth Golf Club, has organised the challenge to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, after his 87- year-old mum Florence suffered from dementia prior to her death last year.

via JournalLive – News – Today’s News – Golfers to play 42 courses in 24 hours for Alzheimer’s charity.

Golf for young adults with Down syndrome

Here’s a post about a golf class for young adults with Down syndrome at a resort in Spain.

La Manga Club’s first golf course for youngsters from the ASIDO association recently came to an end with a Par 47 tournament and prize giving hosted by Golf Pro and Course Tutor, Mark Hook.

Every Thursday afternoon since last October, La Manga Club Golf Academy has been filled with young people eager to learn all the secrets and benefits of golf. A total of 10 students attended the course, during which they have worked on golf skills such as the swing, stance and build-up routine. The young golfers have not just improved their technical skills, but have also worked on concentration and focus, memory skills and psychological aspects such as self-esteem and social skills.

via Golf course for young people with Downs Syndrome finishes at La Manga Club | La Manga Club Official Blog for La Manga Resort in Murcia, Spain with Golf Holidays, 5 star hotel, tennis breaks, Spa La Manga Club.

Golfer Ernie Els wins for autism

DORAL, Fla. — This is one time the party got started without Ernie Els.

As he walked off the 18th green with a four-shot victory in the CA Championship, ending the longest and most discouraging drought of his career, some well-heeled friends were at cocktail party up the road at PGA National to get ready for a tournament no less important than the World Golf Championship that Els won at Doral.

The Big Easy spent Monday playing and hosting the “Els for Autism Charity Pro-Am,” with a lineup of stars that included Jack Nicklaus, Steve Stricker, Raymond Floyd, Adam Scott and Robert Allenby.

His goal, as ambitious as winning the career Grand Slam, is to raise enough money to build a 2,800-square-metre centre in Palm Beach County that eventually would be self-sustaining and treat some 300 children who have autism.

That would include his son, seven-year-old Ben, with his big blue eyes and blond hair.

via The Canadian Press: Els picks up a crucial win for himself and for his cause.

Alzheimer’s: Memories slip, but golf is forever

Do you care for an Alzheimer’s patient who used to be a passionate golfer? Check out the website Eat Sleep Golf’s two-part series on golfing Alzheimer’s patients.

Millions of golf enthusiasts have waxed endlessly about the game’s mystical power and its hold on the human mind. A handful of people with Alzheimer’s disease, no longer able to dress or nourish themselves without assistance, are proving them right.

A little after 9 a.m. last week, Wardell Johnston declared he wanted to be left alone. Confused and annoyed by the activities and tasks confronting him, the 87-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer shut his door at the Silverado Senior Living home in Belmont, Calif.

Just hours later, Mr. Johnston was measuring the uphill, right-to-left break on a 12-foot putt and knocking his ball into the hole. Then the former civil engineer, who played the game regularly as a younger man, ambled over to the driving range. He grabbed a six iron and practiced chipping with the sort of easy, stress-free swing duffers half his age could learn something from.

“I quit,” he said with a cocky grin after each successful shot. Then he deftly cradled another ball with his club, moving it into position for the next stroke. “I haven’t played a lot lately,” he added. “I should, though. I’ve still got all the strokes.”

Part One of Memories Slip, but Golf is Forever

Part Two of Memories Slip, but Golf is Forever

via Eat Sleep Golf: Memories Slip, but Golf is Forever.