New format produced memorable moments for golf fans at annual event to raise awareness and funds to improve health and wellness of Native American youth
Verona, N.Y. (August 29, 2012) – The West team representing the United States outshot a world-class field of PGA and LPGA stars to capture the fifth annual Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation Challenge title. Notah Begay III and Tiger Woods led the West squad to victory in the mixed team, best ball tournament at the Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in central New York. The real winners of the event are Native youth around the nation, who will benefit from the $500,000 raised by the NB3 Foundation to help advance its mission of improving health and wellness in the Native American community.
“Today’s Challenge afforded us an invaluable opportunity to bring to light one of the most pressing health disparities facing Indian Country today – childhood obesity and diabetes,” said the event’s host and four-time PGA TOUR winner, Notah Begay III. “To the elite athletes, the Oneida Indian Nation and the dedicated fans who lined the course – thank you for your continued support of the health and well-being of the next generation of Native American leaders.”
The new East meets West format, highlighted by a field featuring some of golf’s premier players from the PGA TOUR and LPGA and a crowd of eager fans, set the stage for a great afternoon of golf. The West team of Begay, Woods, Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson emerged as the tournament champions, outpacing K.J. Choi, Se Ri Pak, Yani Tseng, Y.E. Yang, Danny Lee and Charlie Wi of the East team by the score of 8 to 6. Kerr sunk a birdie on the 18 to give the West team the lead and Begay birdied the final hole to clinch the victory.
“The gratification comes not from taking home the trophy for the West, but from playing a role in the betterment of the Native children,” said Kerr, who was part of the winning team at the NB3 Foundation Challenge for the third consecutive year. “The real reason we’re out on the course today is to shine a spotlight on a community in which the Notah Begay III Foundation is working so diligently create positive change.”
“It’s an honor to walk the course with a field of golfers who use their international draw to make a difference in the lives of Native American youth,” said Fowler. “Notah’s unmatched commitment to a cause that is so near to his heart is inspiring.”
Ultimately, the real action from the 2012 NB3 Foundation Challenge happens outside the ropes, where all proceeds from the event go to the Notah Begay III Foundation. The money raised through the event supports the commitment to develop sustainable, evidence-based, innovative programs that can achieve significant results in helping to reverse the epidemics of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. Driven by Native staff, these programs empower youth to realize their potential as tomorrow’s leaders. Since 2005, the Foundation has engaged and served more than 10,000 Native youth through evidence-based, sports-centered initiatives.
The NB3 Foundation Challenge continues to proudly demonstrate what Native groups can accomplish through shared efforts and resources aimed at addressing important issues in their communities. Indian Nations, like Oneida, have made extraordinary strides in recent years to build promising futures for their youth and communities, and this event exemplifies that progress.
“The Oneida Nation thanks Notah Begay for bringing some of the world’s best golfers to Central New York,” said Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter. “We are pleased to be able to participate in a premier event that benefits the important work the NB3 Foundation does for children in Indian Country.”
For more information on the NB3 Foundation Challenge and the NB3 Foundation, please visit: www.nb3foundation.org .