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Challenge Accepted.

We all are too aware of the challenges of 2020. At Els for Autism, our team is intimately familiar with the struggles families of those with autism have faced. From virtual schooling to lapses in therapies, to job loss–all have added to the stress and uncertainty of 2020.

At one point our team did consider canceling the Els for Autism Golf Challenge series altogether, but recognized that now more than ever, your donations and team fundraising dollars are critical to running the programs and services that help individuals with autism.

So, with new social distancing guidelines put into place, the 2020 Golf Challenge forged ahead. The pandemic, out-of-control wildfires, travel restrictions, course closures and a hurricane certainly kept us on our toes. Three events were canceled, seven events were postponed, and there were four venue changes.


“While this wasn’t exactly how we envisioned celebrating the 10th year of the Golf Challenge, this year showed us that we can adapt and overcome,” Paige Scollard, Events Manager said. “It’s been inspiring to see everyone come together.”


It turns out many of our supporters were still up for the challenge. To date, the 2020 Golf Challenge has raised just over 1.7 million and 1,017 people have participated.

The final event in the 2020 Golf Challenge series will take place on Nov. 16 at The Dye Preserve. The 2020 fundraising deadline is Dec. 31, 2020.  Teams or sponsors who raise $15,000+ during the 2020 Golf Challenge Regional Event season will enjoy a two-day extravaganza of golf and entertainment hosted by Liezl and Ernie Els in the Bahamas in October 2021.

Learn more about the Golf Challenge series at