April is one of our favorite months of the year. Not only does it signal the unofficial start of the golf season with The Masters, but it is also Autism Awareness Month, and we are able to help support the Els for Autism Foundation, which was founded by our favorite PGA Tour professional, Ernie Els.
As many of you may know, Ernie Els is Bloodline’s first ambassador and high-profile investor. He first played Bloodline's original R1-J blade putter in mid-2017 and was the first player to use Bloodline in a major championship when he played it in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in 2017. He finished 2017 ranked #4 in the statistical category "Total Putting" on the PGA Tour.
In 2020, Els joined the PGA TOUR Champions and won the Hoag Classic and SAS Championship during his rookie campaign. He used the Bloodline Vale putter to tie the course record during the third round of the 2021 PGA TOUR Champions Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
In addition to being passionate about golf, Els is passionate about helping people and families affected by autism spectrum disorder through the Els for Autism Foundation which he and his wife, Liezl established in 2009. The Els’ son, Ben, is impacted by autism spectrum disorder, which affects 1 in 54 children in the United States.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions. People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in different ways. Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and usually last throughout a person’s life.
Bloodline Golf has created a limited-edition putter and headcover to help support the Els for Autism Foundation. The putter features blue sight lines and accent colors to match the blue color associated with autism awareness. Bloodline is donating a percentage of the revenues from the sales of this putter and headcover to the Els for Autism Foundation.
For golfers who already own a Vale putter and want to support the cause, they can order just the head and headcover, or they can order the headcover separately.
Autism Awareness Month, which was first held in 1972, emphasizes the need for public awareness to promote acceptance, celebrate the differences, and be more inclusive towards autistic individuals around us.
Els for Autism Foundation offers innovative, evidence-based programs for individuals across the lifespan in six focus areas: Education, Research, Global Support, Recreation Services, Adult Services and Therapy Services. The Els for Autism Foundation serves families around the world and offers in-person programs and services at The Els Center of Excellence, a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Florida. For more information about Els for Autism, visit https://www.elsforautism.org/.