NB3 Challenge continues success in Indian country
By Leeanne Root
This year’s event, held again at Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, was a little different than last year. The format changed from skins to a mixed team, best ball format, and the laid back nature of the charity event made for more crowd interaction and banter between the players.
“This is part of who I am and I definitely want to be able to give back to my people,” Fowler’s grandmother is full Navajo. He said getting to know Begay and being able to play at the Challenge has made him want to get closer to the Native part of his heritage.
But in the end, the day was about the kids, the foundation and helping Begay raise money to combat Type 2 diabetes and obesity in Native American children. After the players finished, a check for $1.25 million was presented to the foundation.
Below: "Notah Begay III teed off at the first hole while his partner, Lorena Ochoa, (to the left in a green shirt) who has 27 LPGA Tour wins and was ranked No. 1 in the world when she retired in May 2010; and Rickie Fowler, (to the left in pink) who has finished second on the PGA Tour twice as of June 2010 and is currently ranked No. 34, watched." (Leeanne Root/Indian Country Today)