Meet Ernie Els’s daughter Samantha [photos]

Samantha Els – the daughter of Ernie Els – is following in her famous father’s footsteps, although in an entirely different sport. The bubbly blonde made her debut for the Springboks women’s team on Tuesday, 19 September.

The South African team beat their US opponents, San Clemente Rhino, 22-17, at a game that took place in False Bay, Western Cape.

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Samantha may look like her father, Ernie Els, but her sporting tastes are quite different.

Responding to their comparison, she shared on her Instagram Stories: “Same, same but different.”

Samantha is the firstborn child of Ernie and his wife Liezl. The family split their time between their homes in England, the US, and South Africa.


Samantha started playing international rugby for the USA last year.

“This was the sport and the family I had been waiting for,” she shared in an Instagram post.

She’s based in the US.

Samantha plays for the New York Rugby Club in the position of lock. However, home is Herold’s Bay in the Western Cape.

She’s a Bachelor of Science graduate.

Samantha graduated from Stanford University in the US. While there, she was the co-captain of the university’s women’s rugby team.

She won an award for her advocacy for autism.

Samantha’s younger brother Ben – Ernie Els’s only son – has autism. She is also the founding member of the Els for Austis Foundation, launched in 2014.

She caddied for her famous father, Ernie Els at several major tournaments.

This included the Masters Par and the Presidents Cup.

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