2016 Els for Autism Golf
Challenge Terms and Conditions
The Els for Autism 2016 Golf Challenge (Golf Challenge) is a
series of golf tournaments open to amateur golfers of either gender. Teams
are made up of a maximum of two golfers, one of which will be registered as
team captain. 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 (Els for Autism) 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 golfers
and 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 golf courses throughout the US and Canada
during the 7-month period from April through October, 2016. 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 US 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 including one registration fee for each of the team’s two players 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 4 and 5, 2016. 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 5 PM EST on October 11, 2016 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.
The Golf Challenge also includes an option called the Els for Autism Gallery
Club. This allows those who cannot attend a regional golf event or who
are not golfers to fundraise for an opportunity to attend the Grand Finale &
Seminar. Gallery Club teams of one or
two people should register as participants and pay the $50 registration fee per
team. Fundraising rules and inclusions
apply both to golfers and Gallery Club participants.
The 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 Foundation-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 either organization. For
US Citizens, event registration fees (which vary in cost) are not tax
deductible because they cover goods and services received. Under certain circumstances, Canadian
citizens might be able to deduct a portion of the registration fee. 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. Professional golfers are permitted to be
members of teams, but neither they nor their team is eligible to win playing
prizes or be low-net winners in any Golf Challenge tournament. At least
one team member must be 18 years of age or over. An official USGA handicap is
not required to participate.
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 visiting the website, (www.e4agolf.com for the US events or www.elsforautismcanada.com
for the Canadian events), completing the registration form, and paying the
entry fee OR by completing an off-line registration form and sending the form
and payment for the US events to: Tournament Director, Els for Autism Golf
Challenge, 18370 Limestone Creek, Jupiter, FL 33458 OR for the Canadian events
to Canadian Golf Challenge, Els for Autism Canada, 14355 – 32B Avenue, Surrey,
BC V4P 2K6.
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. The Event Organizer
reserves the right to reject any application that, in their 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 registration. Teams may participate in any number of
The Event 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 any kind.
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 participant
forfeits their entry fee and may not substitute participation in another
regional event for the one for which that participant has registered. If a team comprises of one person, the
attending participant is permitted to continue as a single golfer. If a team is
missing one person, the attending golfer should play as a single and record
their score for each hole on the scorecard as the team score.
The format for all regional golf events will be a two-person
team, 18-hole, combined, low net event using the Callaway Scoring System.
Each golfer will play his or her own ball throughout the
18-hole round, net competition in accordance with USGA competition rules. The course golf professional will provide
yardage for one set of standard men's tees, women's tees and seniors' tees for
use in the tournament. Players who are
65 and older are permitted to play from the senior tees. 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 compare the scorecards of the tied teams to determine the
winner on the basis of the best gross score for the last nine holes. If the tied teams have the same score for the
last nine holes, the golf 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
or www.elsforautismcanada.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 official when the result has been announced by the Els for Autism
representative present at the event and the result has been 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 Foundation-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 the Els for Autism Foundation-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.
Els for Autism
employees, their spouses and children as well as any person officiating in any
capacity at a regional event are ineligible to win prizes in that regional golf
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.
Hole 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). The
trip will be awarded based on donations generated by October 11, 2016 at 5 PM
EST. The awardee will be announced at the Welcome Reception in Las Vegas,
Nevada on November 4, 2016. Teams
raising $2,500 or more will receive one entry for each $2,500 raised.
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
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 PM EST on October 11,
2016. 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) the event cannot be completed due to inclement weather or (c) the course is
deemed unplayable by the course's golf professional.
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 & Seminar by raising $13,000 or more are unaffected. No
team will be deemed to be the low-net winner.
Publicity and Promotion:
The Event 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. By registering to participate,
team members consent to the use by the Event 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. Participants are subject to the Terms for
Submission of Entry.
Terms for Submission of Entry:
Teams registering to enter these events agree to the Terms and
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.
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 donor/registrant
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 invited to
participate in the Grand Finale & Seminar on November 4 and 5, 2016. A team’s registration fees for one event (a
maximum of two individual player registration fees) will be included towards
the Grand Finale & Seminar fundraising goal. A
team captain playing in multiple Golf Challenge events can include the
donations from each event where they served as captain toward their fundraising
The teams will compete against each other in Las Vegas,
Nevada on November 5, 2016.
Golf Challenge participants who are invited to the Grand
Finale & Seminar will receive:
complimentary 2-night stay for the nights of November 4 and 5, 2016 at a
Resort & Casino hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada for each team member and
provided is for the team member and his/her guest sharing one room with a
maximum two-person occupancy.
bus transportation from McCarran International Airport to a Resort &
Casino Hotel on November 4, 2016 (shuttle service only available during
select time period).
round of tournament golf with cart (for two team members only) on November
to/from the golf course on November 5, 2016 for the players only.
for each team member and their one guest to a welcome reception on the
evening of November 4, 2016.
for each team member and their one guest to an awards reception on the
evening of November 5, 2016.
Teams invited to the Grand Finale & Seminar must be able
to be in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 4 and 5, 2016 to participate. Team members qualifying for the Grand Finale
& Seminar are responsible for making travel arrangements and paying for
their own transportation 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
hotel, meals, transfers, gratuities, taxes, entertainment or other expenses.
Substitutions are permitted at the Grand Finale, although the
Event Organizer must be advised of substitutions no less than two weeks in
advance of the Grand Finale. Professional golfers are
permitted to be members of teams, but neither they nor their team is eligible
to win playing prizes or be low-net winners in the Grand Finale. At least one team member must be 18 years of
age or over. An official USGA handicap is not required to participate.
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 5, 2016 in each
shotgun. Els for Autism staff will
assign participating teams to a shotgun time prior to the Finale tournament. Details of these prizes are available on the
website at the following link: www.elsforautism.com/finaleprizes. Els for Autism
employees, their spouses and children as well as any person officiating in any
capacity at the Grand Finale event are ineligible to win prizes in the Grand
Finale golf tournament.
The top three fundraising teams will be recognized at the
Grand Finale & Seminar. The top
fundraising team will be awarded The Els Cup.
Top fundraising teams are determined by totaling a team’s registration
fees for one event (a maximum of two individual player registration fees) plus
all cash donations associated with their team received by the fundraising
deadline of October 11, 2016 at 5 PM EST.
Any non-cash credit provided by Els for Autism will not count towards
top fundraising team recognition.
Winners of 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
Cancellation & Inclement Weather
The Grand Finale & Seminar will not be rescheduled. In the event the Grand Finale & Seminar 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 & Seminar 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 5, 2016.
Publicity and Promotion:
Same as for the regional Golf Challenge Events.
The 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 websites – www.e4agolf.com &
www.elsforautismcanada.com - periodically.
The Els for Autism 2016 Golf Challenge is sponsored by the
Els for Autism Foundation, Inc., located at 18370 Limestone Creek Road,
Jupiter, Florida 33458.