We have a week-long break on the Champions Tour schedule, so I thought it would be a good time to write to you and tell you all the latest news.
We just completed a photo shoot with our friends in Clif Bar for a couple of initiatives that we have in the pipeline. I love being part of a great team of people at Clif Bar and I love the product. Also, at the end of this week, I will be meeting up with another of our partners, evTS. We all know where the world is heading in terms of switching to electric vehicles, so it’s exciting to be a part of that movement and this week we will be able to see and test their latest FireFly electric vehicle. It should be interesting.
As for the tournaments, the month of July was a unique experience for us as we played three major championships in consecutive weeks: the US Senior Open Championship in Nebraska followed by the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s and the Senior Open. Championship presented by Rolex in Sunningdale. All wonderful tournaments, even if I didn’t get the kind of results I was looking for.
We then spent a couple of weeks in the Wentworth house. We haven’t been there since the start of the pandemic and needless to say we really got lost. We met some friends, played some golf in Wentworth. Our son Ben was with us and also our daughter Samantha for a while. It is such a wonderful family home. In many ways it would have been nice to stay longer. Maybe next time.
However we have played a couple of other tournaments in the US since then, including the Seattle Boeing Classic. I am always happy to be there to support one of my long term sponsors. It sounded pretty good, but it just didn’t work. It was more or less the same at the Ally Challenge the following week. And indeed this is how I would summarize the last few months. My finish line is 5th, 2nd, 17th, 8th, 11th and 10th. As I said, we are close.
The main thing is that I feel good, I feel good and I can’t wait for the last tournament series to arrive. It’s tight at the top of the money list, with not much to separate the top four or five players. Basically, after a marathon season that will actually last nearly two years, it’s now a sprint to the Phoenix finish line in November. Obviously I feel very motivated to play good golf from now until then.
Outside the tournament scene there are many other new features. The Els for Autism Foundation will pave the way for our new adult services building next October. We are so grateful for the continued growth of the campus and our success in being a lifelong resource for people with autism. The whole team is doing an amazing job. Our adult programs have been very popular and we are thrilled to have this dedicated facility that will meet the needs of adults with autism and provide them with specialized supports, activities to develop life and work skills, and provide them with endless opportunities to build social skills. In the center of the building will be a full-service cafeteria that will provide our program participants with the opportunity to learn and practice the job skills needed to work in the restaurant business. It will also provide employment opportunities for adults with autism. Click here to read more about our plans for the facility.
Back in South Africa, the Els for Autism team has just released their updated Golf Series tournament schedule (see poster at the bottom of this page). As we said earlier, series organizer Nico van Rensburg has done a great job in extremely difficult circumstances, so hats off to him and the rest of the team. And thanks to all the golfers who participated and supported Els for Autism this year and to the clubs that hosted us. We really appreciate it. There are spaces available in many of the remaining events, so if you are interested, please contact us by sending an email: [email protected].
There is plenty to do at Ernie Els Wines too. They have just released three new vintages within the ever popular Big Easy range: a fresh and sparkling Chenin Blanc, a fragrant and fruity Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé and our classic and smooth Cabernet Sauvignon. (see image above). All are available in the winery’s online shop, only click here.
Congratulations also to the winery, with the news that Rumor Has It Design was recently awarded an International Luxury Lifestyle Award and won the Best Luxury Commercial Interior Design in South Africa for the work done in the transformation of the Ernie Els winery. (pictured above). As you may have seen from some of the photos we have posted on this site and on the company’s social media, it looks amazing. All involved are well done. If you want to book a visit, a wine tasting or a lunch, please click here.
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