2014 Els for Autism Golf
Challenge Terms and Conditions
The Els for Autism 2014 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 federal 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, 2014. 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 the 10th and 11th of October
2014. 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
September 22nd, 2014 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
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
The format for all regional events will be a two-person team, 18-hole,
combined, low net event using the Callaway Scoring System.
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 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. 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.
Low-Net Awards: The team deemed as
first place low-net at each regional event will receive $6,500 in fundraising
credit towards their team fundraising amount.
Contest Awards: Hole contest prizes may be awarded at some regional
events and will vary.
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. Professionals raising $2,500 or more are also
eligible to be recognized with the IRISH LINKS award.
The trip will be awarded based on
donations generated by September 22nd, 2014 at 5:00 PM EST. The awardee
will be announced at the Welcome Reception in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 10th,
2014. Teams raising $2,500 or more will be eligible for this award even if
they do not attend the Grand Finale & Seminar.
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 September 22nd, 2014. 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
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 October 10th
and 11th, 2014.
The teams will compete against each other in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 11th,
Golf Challenge participants who are
invited to the Grand Finale & Seminar will receive:
- A complimentary 2-night stay for the nights of October 10th
and 11th, 2014 at Aria Resort & Casino, 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 Aria Resort & Casino (hotel) on October 10th, 2014 (shuttle
service only available during select time period).
- One round of tournament golf with cart (for two team
members only) on October 11th, 2014.
- Transportation to/from the golf course on October 11th,
- Invitations for each team member and one guest to a
welcome reception on the evening of October 10th, 2014.
- Invitations for each team member and one guest to an
awards reception on the evening of October 11th, 2014.
Teams invited to the Grand Finale
& Seminar must be able to be in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 10th and 11th,
2014 to participate. No credit or refunds will be made available to teams who are unable to attend. 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 other expenses.
Substitutions are permitted at the Grand Finale, although event organizers must
be advised of substitutions in advance.
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 October 11th, 2014 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 September 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM EST. Teams who qualify for Las Vegas via a Silver, Gold or Platinum corporate sponsorship at a regional event are not eligible to use those dollars to win The Els Cup.
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 October 11th, 2014.
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 2014 Golf Challenge is sponsored by the Els for Autism
Foundation, Inc., located at 3900 North Military Trail, Suite 200, Jupiter,