Ernie Els is staging his ''Els for Autism'' golf challenge again, and this time he has backing from SAP, one of his top corporate sponsors.
He describes it as the largest golf charity event in the world, a series of 30 tournaments from April through September, with the final being held Oct. 19-20 at The Gallery Club in Las Vegas for the low net winning team (two players) and any team that raises at least $10,000.
In the first year, the event included 1,700 golfers, 9,000 donors and raised $1.8 million.
''SAP has taken over the golf challenge, so they've come in all guns blazing this year, and I think we're going to have a wonderful time,'' Els said. ''I think we can double what we did last year.''
The money is going toward a $30 million education and research facility in south Florida for children with autism. Els' son, Ben, is autistic, and Els has been driven in recent years to help families cope with children with au...