Four time PGA tour winner Notah Begay III announced the new tournament date and final player field for the fourth annual Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation Challenge. On August 31st a top flight group of world class golfers will tee off at Turning Stone Resort’s Atunyote Golf Club on Oneida Indian Nation lands near Verona, N.Y.
Giants of the game like Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan will join Begay and top LPGA golfers Annika Sorenstam, Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen and Natalie Gulbis "in an effort to raise awareness and funding for the improvedhealth and wellness of Native American youth on Indian reservations nationwide," a press release from Oneida Indian Nation stated. The original date for the tournament, July 5, was pushed back so the strongest possible field could be put together.
“I’m excited and very appreciative to have these incredible golfers involved with this year’s event,” said Begay in the press release. “Having instantly recognized names like Tiger (Woods) and Annika (Sorenstam), as well as some of the sport’s established and rising stars, draws a great deal of positive attention to the Foundation’s mission of empowering Native youth to sustain active, healthy and productive lives.”
Sorenstam, one of the legends of the LPGA, said she was happy to be a part of Begay's mission to help American Indian kids lead healthier lives. "Notah's Foundation does wonderful things for Native American youth," she said in the release, “the great work his Foundation does aligns closely with my efforts to fight childhood obesity. It’s a cause we can all get behind, and one I’m excited to continue supporting by playing in the NB3 Foundation Challenge.”
All proceeds from the Foundation Challenge go to the Notah Begay III Foundation. The partnership between the foundation and the Oneida Indian Nation, as well as the support from the ranks of the professional golfers who have come out to the tournament to draw attention to the foundation, have helped raise more than $2.4 million to support the foundation's mission.
“The Oneida Indian Nation and Turning Stone Resort are honored to again host the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge at the Atunyote Golf Club,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises, in the release. “We’re proud to partner with Notah to support his efforts to improve the lives of American Indian youth. We share his vision to empower our young people, and his ability to involve the world’s finest golfers in this outstanding event has made a considerable impact in raising awareness around one of the most pressing health concerns confronting Indian Country and oursociety at large today - childhood obesity and diabetes.”