Monday, March 29, 2010

Ernie Els: "Els For Autism"

Ernie Els has just won the rain-delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill for his second consecutive PGA Tour victory. It's good to see the "Big Easy" playing well as the pros approach the Masters next week in Augusta. Els has three major championships in his portfolio, but his best finish in the Masters is the runner-up spot in both 2000 and 2004. But to touch on something more important than even major golf championships to Els is the fact that his young son Ben has been diagnosed with Autism. Now, the passion of Ernie Els and his wife Liezl, has been shifted to "Els for Autism", and its goal of building a 300 student school and research facility in Florida. The school will be called the Center For Excellence, and will be targeted to all aspects of autism treatment and study. He already has in place a Pro-Am golf tournament to help raise funds for the project, which is expected to run around $30 million. The tournament, just two years in existence, has already raised almost $2 million for the center. My best goes out tot Ben Els, as well as his families efforts in researching and treating autism. You're a class act, Ernie Els.

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