Ernie’s Bio

Started playing golf at age 9…An accomplished junior tennis player, turned full attention to golf at age 14…Heavily involved in junior golf of South Africa and Cancer Society of South Africa…Hosts Ernie Els Invitational in South Africa to raise money for charity. Ernie Els Foundation formed in early 1999, with the purpose of providing full support to disadvantaged children. Proceeds from the Ernie Els Invitational go to four charities and the Foundation…In December 1998, received lifetime membership on European Tour. Other non-Europeans so honored are Bob Charles, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player…In 2002, the 2000 Engelbrecht-Els wine was released and received the highest rating yet given to a South African wine…Third Ernie Els design signature golf course near George in South Africa opened in 2004…Web site is ernieels.com.

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