FULTON, NY â€“ Ernie Els, the PGA Tour professional that won back to back at the WGC-CA Championship at Doral and the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill this year, has donated prizes to the 5th Annual Oswego Industries, Inc. Golf Open. Prizes donated include a personally autographed photo of Els with this yearâ€™s Arnold Palmer Invitational trophy, as well as a hat and shirt from Els for Autism, Elsâ€™ charity organization.
â€œWeâ€™re so pleased that Ernie Els has chosen to donate prizes for a second year in a row,â€ said Stephanie Crowley, Director of Community Relations. â€œWeâ€™re also happy to help spread the word about Els for Autism, an organization that helps many of the same people that Oswego Industries, Inc. exists to support.â€
Els for Autism is a nonprofit organization committed to funding scientific research aimed at understanding Autism, and developing knowledge-based treatments with the intention of finding a cure. The charity also supports Centers of Excellence that offer educational programs for students; services from doctors, speech and other specialists; on-site research centers; and continuing services programs for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Elsâ€™ son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism almost four years ago, and the Els for Autism Foundation was founded in the Spring of 2009. Els has placed in the top ten at the Masters six times and in the top ten at the U.S. Open seven times.
The 5th Annual Oswego Industries, Inc. Golf Open will be held Friday, June 25 at Battle Island Golf Course in Fulton. There is still room for foursomes, twosomes, and singles to register, but registrations must be in by June 18. Cost is $75 per player and includes 18 holes with cart, lunch, snacks, tee prizes, and more. Prizes are awarded for First Place, Last Place (also called the â€œHonesty Awardâ€), Long Drive, Closest to the Pin, Par 3 Poker, and the eventâ€™s signature â€œDisability Holeâ€ contest. To register, interested persons can call Stephanie Crowley at (315) 598-3108 or email [email protected] .
Each year, players at the Disability Hole are required to tee off while simulating a disability and compete for a long drive prize. The challenge changes each year, and is a closely guarded secret up until the day of the tournament. Past years include having players tee off from a wheelchair; while wearing vision-distorting glasses and sound-canceling headsets; or with one arm immobilized. The Disability Hole serves as a reminder of all the Oswego County citizens who deal with similar challenges in every part of their lives.
Oswego Industries, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit Community Rehabilitation Program which has been providing programs and services to adults with disabilities since 1968. Services include pre-vocational and vocational training, day habilitation services, and Medicaid Service Coordination. Its mission is to be a partner in the development of comprehensive community services designed to improve the quality of life for all people, with the primary emphasis on those with disabilities, by providing the necessary support programs to enable individuals to grow with dignity and achieve their highest level of independence and self-fulfillment. The organization was named winner of the Chamber of Commerce Not-For-Profit of the Year Award for 2009. Its sister agency, ARC of Oswego County, provides services to children and seniors with disabilities: together creating a comprehensive support system for Oswego County residents with disabilities.