Latest Edition of Event Thrills Golf Fans and Raises Awareness and Funds to Improve Health and Wellness of Native American Youth
“Our event provides an incredible platform to raise awareness for the health issues–namely obesity and diabetes–that are affecting Native youth at a startlingly high rate,” said the event’s host and four-time PGA TOUR winner, Notah Begay III. “It’s through the support of great golfers, the Oneida Indian Nation and all those who attend that we’re able to continue our mission of building a sustainable movement empowering these kids to lead healthier, more successful lives. I’m so humbled and grateful for everyone’s contributions.”
By Bob Harig
Begay is a four-time PGA Tour winner and former teammate of Woods' when they were at Stanford.
"He's been the world to me," Woods said of Begay. "He's been like a big brother."
Woods was paired with LPGA star Suzann Pettersen in the mixed-team best ball format. Others in the competition are tour players Begay, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan, along with LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam, Cristie Kerr and Natalie Gulbis. Begay's foundation supports Native American youth.
Perhaps because the tournament was delayed, quarterbacks Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys and Sam Bradford (Cherokee) of the St. Louis Rams weren't present.
I don't think I've heard Woods speak so warmly of Begay before.
The event raised $500,000, down from $1.25 million last year and $1 million two years ago.
For more on the subject, see Woods, Bradford to Golf with Begay and 3rd NB3 Challenge Raises $1.25 Million.