The Els for Autism Series 2022 Golf Series recently reached its finale with a two-day event held at Sun City. The Els for Autism Series golf days, which took place throughout the year at some of South Africa’s finest golf courses, make up a considerable source of income for the work Els for Autism does in South Africa, and the spectacular Sun City was a fitting backdrop to end the year. Days one and two of the event were held at the Sun City Golf Course and the Lost City Golf Course respectively, with 108 players competing for top honours.

Willard Batteries, naming rights sponsor for the Els for Autism South Africa 21/22 Golf Series, challenged players to try their luck with a Win & Spin competition at hole one on the first day. Lourie Yssel proved to be the man of the moment and walked away with the grand prize of a 4-ball entry into the Ernie Els Charities SA Series 2023 Final at Sun City, accommodation included.

The Els for Autism Foundation was established in 2009 by Ernie and Liezl Els a few years after discovering that their son, Ben, was impacted by the disorder, which affects 1 in 59 individuals.

The Foundation aims to provide families across the globe with best practice interventions and support. In early January 2011, Ernie and Liezl Els embarked on a goal to create a service that would allow families of children on the spectrum in South Africa with free access to effective treatment.

“Being associated with Els for Autism has been a great privilege and has proved to be an enriching experience for all of us who have been involved,” explained Corné Strydom, Sales & Marketing Executive for AutoX, “Today’s event has been a particularly rewarding one as it marks the end of a very successful year. We’re thrilled that our partnership with Els for Autism will be continuing next year with the sponsorship of the newly named Ernie Els Charities SA Series 2023.”

“The support and training Els for Autism provides to families of children on the autism spectrum has been an inspiration to us all,” Strydom said. “We were especially pleased to be able to host members of the Autism Foundation at our head office a day before the Sun City golf event to give the foundation beneficiaries exposure to the world of work, and it proved to be a great success.”

The Els for Autism Series 2022 Golf Series ended with the auction of a signed Brad Binder mini helmet replica, which raised R20 000, and the announcement of the launch of the Willard Golf Cart Battery range to complement the already well-established automotive range of Willard batteries.

The introduction of Willard’s new golf cart battery range arose from the realisation that the South African market needed the option of a competitively priced locally produced golf cart battery, with specifications superior to many other imported brands, and with the added benefit of great service delivery through Willard’s established distribution and sales network.

About AutoX

AutoX is a leading South African automotive lead acid battery manufacturer, supplying local and selected African and European markets with our well-known battery brands. We are also the official distributor of VARTA in South Africa and other selected African countries

Serving both the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket replacement market sectors, AutoX provides a wide range of batteries including automotive car and truck batteries, industrial batteries, as well as motorcycle and leisure batteries.

We are proud to supply some of the major OEMs and more than 3 000 automotive replacement retail outlets across South Africa and selected African countries.