2015 Els for Autism Golf
Challenge Terms and Conditions
The Els for Autism 2015 Golf Challenge
(Golf Challenge) is a series of golf tournaments open to amateur golfers of
either gender. Professionals are
permitted to be members of teams but neither they nor their team is eligible to
win prizes or be low-net winners in any Golf Challenge tournament. The Golf Challenge is managed by and benefits
the US-based Els for Autism Foundation (Foundation) and the Els for Autism
Foundation-Canada. Both organizations are recognized as being created for charitable
purposes and have been classified as nonprofit organizations by their country's
ral government. The purpose of the Golf Challenge is to: (a)
provide participants with an opportunity to raise funds for the Foundation(s),
personally and through family and friends, (b) meet informally with other
people interested in positively affecting the lives of people diagnosed on the
autism spectrum, and (c) disseminate autism programming or educational
information in the communities in which Golf Challenges are held.
The Golf Challenge will be played at courses throughout the US and Canada
during the 7-month period from April through October, 2015. The Golf Challenge
is a two-stage competition. In the first stage, golfers will compete in
two-person teams in one or more events across the U.S. and Canada. Each event
will have a maximum of 60 teams competing for regional event prizes and an
opportunity to attend the Grand Finale & Seminar. Teams that raise $13,000
or more with their registration fees and team donations will be recognized for
their fundraising efforts through an invitation to participate in the Grand
Finale & Seminar, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 13th
and 14th, 2015. The "low net" winning team of each
regional event will receive a $6,500 fundraising credit and thus need only
raise $6,500 to be eligible to be invited to participate in the Grand Finale
& Seminar. All teams will have until
5pm EST on October 6th, 2015 to qualify for the Grand Finale & Seminar by
raising $13,000. Low net teams will have
until this date and time to raise $6,500 to become eligible to attend the Grand
Finale & Seminar.
Challenge also includes an option called the Els for Autism Gallery
Club. This allows those who
cannot attend a regional golf event, or are non-golfers, to fundraise towards
attending the Grand Finale and Seminar. Gallery Club teams of one or two people
should register and pay the $50 registration fee per team. All rules and inclusions apply both to
golfers and Gallery Club participants.
Els for Autism Foundation is a US
public charity (EIN #26-3520396), recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as
exempt from federal tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. Els for
Autism-Canada has been recognized by the Canadian federal government as a
nonprofit organization and has been assigned Charitable Business Number
832050447RR0001. Donors should consult their tax advisor to determine whether they are
eligible to claim a deduction associated with their donation to this
event. Regional event registration fees
(which vary in cost) are not tax deductible as they cover goods and services
received. Funds raised and donated in excess of this amount (including
sponsorships) may be eligible for a federal tax deduction.
1) REGIONAL GOLF CHALLENGE EVENTS
and Rules of Golf:
The Golf Challenge is open to all amateur
golfers. At least one team member must be 18 years of age or over. An official
USGA handicap is not required to participate. Employees of Els for Autism and
any person officiating in any capacity at a regional event are ineligible to
compete in the Golf Challenge.
Play is governed by the current USGA Rules of Golf and local rules for each
course. Local rules will be provided by each course and will be available on
site upon request on the day of the event. Questions with respect to the rules
of golf and scoring will be settled by the on-site course golf professional
presiding over the event, whose decision will be final. The golf professional
will be designated on the day of the event.
Participants will enter by logging-on
to www.e4agolf.com, completing the registration form, and paying the entry fee
OR by completing an off-line registration form and sending the form and payment
to: Tournament Director, Els for Autism Golf Challenge, 3900 Military Trail,
Suite 200, Jupiter, FL 33458. Entry/registration fees are non-refundable unless
Els for Autism cancels the event in advance of event day (See Cancellation
& Inclement Weather Policy.) Donations are non-refundable under any
circumstance. Golf Challenge organizers reserve the right to reject any
application that, in its sole discretion, is incomplete, not compliant with the
terms and conditions of the Golf Challenge or is otherwise ineligible.
Openings for each Golf Challenge event are limited and will be assigned
on a first come, first served, basis at the time of reservation. Teams may
participate in any number of regional events.
The Organizer is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected or otherwise
undeliverable mail, or entries that cannot be processed due to phone, network,
electronic or computer hardware or software failure, or technical failures of
Substitutes are permitted for registered team
members at Golf Challenge events. Event
organizers must be advised of substitutions. If a registered participant must
cancel and a substitute cannot be found, that team forfeits its entry fee and
may not substitute participation in another regional event for the one for
which the team has registered.
The format for all regional events
will be a two-person team, 18-hole, combined, low net event using the Callaway
Each competitor will play his or her own ball throughout the 18-hole round, net
competition in accordance with USGA competition rules. The course professional
will provide yardage for one set of standard men's tees, women's tees and
seniors' tees for use in the tournament. Total yardage for each color tee will
vary by course and will be determined by each course's golf professional. In
the event of a tie for low net, the golf professional will match the scorecards
of the team’s scorecard to determine the winner on the basis of the best score
for the last nine holes. If the tying players have the same score for the last
nine, the professional will determine the winner on the basis of the last six
holes, last three holes and finally the 18th hole. If this method is used in a
competition with a multiple tee start (1 & 10 or a shotgun), it is
recommended that the “last nine holes, last six holes, etc.,” is considered to
be holes 10-18, 13-18, etc. in accordance with the USGA back nine guidelines.
If no specific local rules are
provided in writing for pace of play at the event, the rules will default to
the following guideline: The player must play without undue delay – leaving no
more than 1 open hole in front of their group.
Penalties for breach of pace of play may be assessed by the professional
and can include two strokes in stroke play; for repeated offense,
disqualification. Rules with respect to scoring and submission of scorecards,
pace of play, use of distance measuring devices, dress code and other course
rules and practices will be issued by each course's golf professional, whose
decision is final.
There will be a shotgun or assigned tee time start for each regional event.
Each regional event's shotgun start time, published on www.e4agolf.com, will be
confirmed with participants by email at least 48 hours in advance of the event.
Tee times will be assigned upon arrival
but all players must arrive 60 minutes prior to the event start time of the
first tee time on event day. All players
must personally register on-site at least 60 minutes prior to the start time
and must be at the starting point at least five minutes prior to the start
time. Failure to do so may result in a team forfeiting their opportunity to
participate or being assessed a penalty.
The result of each regional event is deemed to be officially announced when the
result has been announced by the Els for Autism representative and approved by
the course's golf professional.
Use of Funds Raised:
Funds raised through Golf Challenge events will
be used to support the programs of the US-based Els for Autism Foundation or
Els for Autism-Canada. Funds raised at
Golf Challenge events in the United States will be used to support the programs
of the US Foundation and donors will receive a tax receipt that may be used to
support a deduction on their federal income tax return. Funds raised at Golf Challenge events in
Canada will be used to support the programs of Els for Autism-Canada. Donors in Canadian events will receive a tax
receipt that may be used to support a deduction on their Canadian federal
income tax return. American citizens
that donate to Golf Challenge events in Canada are not eligible to receive a
tax receipt to support a deduction on their US federal income tax return. Canadian citizens that donate to Golf
Challenge events in the United States are not eligible to receive a tax receipt
to support a deduction on their Canadian federal income tax return. Registration fees may not be used to support
a charitable deduction in either the United States or Canada.
Awards: The team deemed as first place low-net at each regional event
will receive $6,500 in fundraising credit towards their team fundraising
Hole Contest Awards: Hole contest prizes may be awarded at some regional events and will
Fundraiser's Prize: One team raising
$2,500 or more in donations will be recognized with a 7-day ultimate IRISH
LINKS golf tour to Ireland. This fundraising recognition is provided by
IRISH LINKS Tours & Travel, Inc., the leader in golf travel
experiences. The team selected by IRISH LINKS in recognition of their
fundraising efforts will receive a trip for each team member (and a guest each)
to experience the very best golf that Ireland has to offer. Teams raising more
than $2,500 increase the likelihood that they will be selected. For
example, teams raising $10,000 are 4 times more likely to be awarded this trip
than those raising the minimum amount.
The trip will be awarded based on donations generated by October 6th, 2015
at 5:00 PM EST. The awardee will be announced at the Welcome Reception in Las
Vegas, Nevada on November 13th, 2015. Teams raising $2,500 or more will be
eligible for this award even if they do not attend the Grand Finale &
Seminar. Professionals raising $2,500 or more are also eligible to be
recognized with the IRISH LINKS award.
Winners of regional awards are personally responsible for all taxes, fees and
additional expenses that may be associated with acceptance of their prizes. For
details on expenses included in prizes, participants should contact prize
donors. All prizes are non-transferable
and may not be exchanged for cash or anything else of value. Exclusions and
restrictions may apply. Prizes are subject to change. Dates of travel must be
coordinated with the prize donor.
Cancellation & Inclement Weather
Regional events will be rescheduled at the
discretion of Els for Autism. If a regional event is cancelled for any reason
prior to event day, the company or individual who paid the registration fee
will be offered an opportunity to play in a different regional event (subject to
availability) or a refund of their registration fee. Depending on the new
regional event chosen, an additional registration fee may be required.
Donations will not be refunded under any circumstances. Registered participants
in cancelled regional events will continue to qualify to participate in the
Grand Finale & Seminar by raising $13,000 or more by 5:00PM EST October
6th, 2015. Registered participants in cancelled regional events will also
maintain their eligibility to be selected to receive the fundraisers' IRISH
LINKS prize if the team generates donations of at least $2,500.
People who register for a regional event and later find themselves unable to
participate may not seek a refund of either registration fees or donations.
They may, however, designate a substitute team member. No refunds will be given if (a) the Golf
Challenge is cancelled on event day or (b) if the event cannot be completed due
to inclement weather or (c) if the course is deemed unplayable by the course's
If play is terminated by the course's Golf Professional prior to nine holes of
competition from all players, teams competing to go to the Grand Finale by
raising $13,000 or more are unaffected.
No team will be deemed to be the low-net winner.
Publicity and Promotion:
The Organizer, sponsors, agents, successors,
licensees, nominees and assigns may arrange for (a) promotion of the event, for
radio and television broadcasting, print, online and other exhibition and
publication of the event or excerpts thereof in various media, including
so-called "new media" and (b) the design and manufacture of
advertising and packaging which commemorates, promotes or memorializes the
event throughout the universe in perpetuity. By registering to participate, team
members consent to the use by the Organizer, Partners and Sponsors of his/her
name, likeness, voice and references to him/her and photographs and other
images or video of him/her and his/her play connected with his appearance in
the Golf Challenge, or any portion(s) thereof, in connection with such media
promotion, broadcasting and other exhibition and publication of the Els for
Autism Golf Challenge events. The Organizer, Partners and Sponsors may utilize
the rights granted it hereunder in connection with the promotion and/or
commemoration of the Golf Challenge, and other Els for Autism events.
Els for Autism has two primary marks, the Els for Autism logo with the Ernie
Els flag and an autism ribbon in blue and white with the Els logo within the
ribbon. Use of either mark by teams must be approved by the Tournament
Terms for Submission of Entry:
Teams registering to enter these events agree to
the Terms & Conditions. All registrants agree that Els for Autism may use
their name, picture, likeness, voice and responses to the questions contained
in this registration for advertising and promotion purposes, without
compensation. Any and all claims, judgments and awards from actions arising
from this event shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred,
including costs associated with entering the Golf Challenge. Attorney's fees
will not be awarded or reimbursed. Players are responsible for all costs
associated with playing in the events, unless stipulated.
By registering for a regional event, registrants agree to receive emails from
Els for Autism regarding the event. Els
for Autism does not sell, lend or otherwise make available copies of its
2) THE GRAND FINALE & SEMINAR
and Rules of Golf:
Same as for the regional golf events.
All teams that raise $13,000 or more
and all low net winning teams of Golf Challenge events that raise $6,500 or
more will be eligible to be invited to participate in the Grand Finale &
Seminar in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 13th and 14th, 2015.
The teams will compete against each other in Las Vegas, Nevada on November
Golf Challenge participants who are
invited to the Grand Finale & Seminar will receive:
- A complimentary 2-night stay for the nights of November
13th and 14th, 2015 at a Resort & Casino hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada for
each team member and their guest.
- Accommodation provided is for the team member and his/her
guest sharing one room with a maximum two-person occupancy.
- Private bus transportation from McCarran International
Airport to a Resort & Casino Hotel (TBD) on November 13th, 2015 (shuttle
service only available during select time period).
- One round of tournament golf with cart (for two team
members only) on November 14th, 2015.
- Transportation to/from the golf course on November 14th, 2015
for the player only.
- Invitations for each team member and one guest to a
welcome reception on the evening of November 13th, 2015.
- Invitations for each team member and one guest to an
awards reception on the evening of November 14th, 2015.
Teams invited to the Grand Finale & Seminar must be able to be in Las
Vegas, Nevada on November 13th and 14th, 2015 to participate. Team members
qualifying for the Grand Finale & Seminar are responsible for making travel
arrangements and paying for their own transportation from their homes to Las
Vegas, Nevada to attend this event. Team members are expected to provide
tournament organizers with the details of their travel arrangements at least 14
days prior to the event. Grand Finale participants are responsible for all
costs associated with their participation in the Grand Finale & Seminar,
other than those detailed above. These may include additional nights at a Las
Vegas, Nevada hotel, meals, transfers, gratuities, taxes, entertainment or
Substitutions are permitted at the Grand Finale,
although event organizers must be advised of substitutions no less than two
weeks in advance of the Grand Finale.
Note that any substitution in the playing golf team who qualified for
the finale via the Low Net category renders that team unable to compete for
scoring prizes at the Grand Finale unless approved by the Tournament Director. Eligibility for prizes for teams with
substitutes will be determined by the Tournament Director and will be based
upon comparison of original and replacement player handicaps.
Same as for the regional Golf Challenge Events.
Gallery Club teams have the option to compete in the Grand Finale golf
tournament should they wish. The competition is deemed closed when the Grand
Finale awards and trophies have been presented.
Grand Finale Awards:
Grand Finale Awards will be awarded to
the low net winning teams playing in the Grand Finale golf tournament on November
14th, 2015 at each course. Els for Autism staff will assign participating teams
to each course prior to the Finale tournament. Details of these prizes are
available on the website at the following link: www.elsforautism.com/finaleprizes
The top fundraising team will be
awarded The Els Cup. The winning team is
determined by all funds received in the Els for Autism office or website by the
fundraising deadline of October 6th, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST. Teams who qualify for Las Vegas via a corporate sponsorship are not
eligible to use funds allocated to sponsoring towards The Els Cup fundraising competition.
Winners of the Grand Finale Awards are personally responsible for all taxes,
fees and additional expenses that may be associated with acceptance of their prizes.
For details on expenses included in prizes, participants should contact prize
donors. All prizes are non-transferable
and may not be exchanged for cash or anything else of value. Exclusions and
restrictions will apply.
Prizes are subject to change.
Cancellation & Inclement Weather
The Grand Finale & Seminar will not be
rescheduled. In the event the Grand Finale must be cancelled in its entirety
for any reason, prize winners will be chosen by a random drawing at the Els for
Autism Foundation headquarters in Jupiter, Florida. Winners will then be
notified by email. If the golf portion of the Grand Finale is cancelled before
the completion of nine holes by all participating players due to inclement
weather or any other reason, prize winners will be chosen by random drawing and
announced at the awards ceremony on November 14th, 2015.
Publicity and Promotion:
Same as for the regional Golf Challenge Events
Terms and Conditions governing participation in regional Golf Challenge Events
and the Grand Finale & Seminar are subject to change. Please check information posted on our
website - www.elsforautism.com - periodically.
Els for Autism 2015 Golf Challenge is sponsored by the Els for Autism
Foundation, Inc., located at 3900 North Military Trail, Suite 200, Jupiter,