Ernie’s Latest News – July 6th


This is my first update in a while, so we update you on everything that is happening on and off the golf course.

At the tournament level, it was a busy time. I’ve played eight tournaments in the past 10 weeks. After such a break hours over the past 18 months, it has been nice to be back at a somewhat competitive pace, so to speak. Up until a couple of weeks ago I was playing well, but I lacked a bit of consistency, which was frustrating.

The past two weeks have been different, though. My game felt sharper, a more consistent scoring pattern, and the results reflect that. Top-5 at Bridgestone Senior PLAYERS and then had a good chance of winning at En-Joei last week. The first few laps there, I hit a lot of greens and made a few putts, so obviously this is the kind of combination that always produces good numbers. I didn’t play as I would have liked in the final round, but I still had a chance during the game. The only thing that let me down was my second hit out of 18, leaving it short and then leaving the little bird’s putt short as well. It hurt a little.

But I’m definitely taking away the positives from the last couple of weeks and I’m feeling really optimistic about my next race tournaments. As I said, my game looks in good shape and I hope it’s the ideal time because we now have three majors in consecutive weeks: the US Senior Open this week. (pictured below), followed by the Open Championship at Royal St George’s on the Kent coast in England and then the Senior Open at the beautiful Sunningdale Golf Club just outside London.

It’s an exciting prospect … and not just on a golfing level. We haven’t been to England since the start of the pandemic so can’t wait to go back. We will take a little vacation for a couple of weeks after the Senior Open so we can make the most of the trip. We usually go to Wimbledon to watch tennis a couple of days, but this year the timing isn’t right. We will have to be content with seeing it on television. My next tournament after that little hiatus will be the Seattle Boeing Classic. It’s always a good week.

Away from the tournament scene, Wines Ernie Els has just launched his 2015 vintage of our Signature wine. It has received excellent reviews and high ratings in the wine industry and specialized media, which is a tribute to the skills and dedication of Louis Strydom and his team. Unfortunately, a ban on the sale of alcohol is currently in place in South Africa, due to the restrictions for Covid, but of course we keep our fingers crossed that it will soon be lifted. And for everyone else, it’s worth noting that our wines are available internationally, so you can order online here if you want to do your taste test … I highly recommend it!

Regular readers of this blog will know ASM Scholarships has gone from strength to strength since we founded the company in 2018; we now have over 1,000 students in the program and one of them, Shaun Maswanganyi, qualified for the South African Olympic team in both 100m and 200m last month, a fantastic double. We wish him every success in Tokyo.

In this regard, great congratulations also to Garrick Higgo and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, ex Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation TOUR member and multiple winner, who will represent Team SA in the Olympic men’s golf competition in Tokyo.

Finally, keep an eye out for some upcoming social media campaigns from two of my sponsors, Clif Bar Other Maui Jim. They have a lot of good things in the pipeline. You can follow them from the links below.

That’s all. Until we meet again.


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