Tiger Woods and Notah Begay III. Photo credit: Brandon Barrett, Replay Sports
VERONA, NEW YORK– Four-time PGA TOUR winner and golf analyst Notah Begay III along with Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter announced the tournament field and format for the seventh annual Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F) Challenge.
The largest fundraising event across Indian Country will return to Turning Stone Resort Casino’s Atunyote Golf Club in Verona, New York on Wed., August 27, 2014. Tiger Woods, Angel Cabrera, Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Dufner are among the seven elite PGA TOUR players teeing up with Begay to advance the Notah Begay III Foundation’s mission of reducing obesity and type 2 diabetes and supporting leadership development among Native American youth.
“We couldn’t do this without the strong support of my friends on the PGA TOUR,” said Begay. “The draw of these amazing golfers is essential in raising the resources to fund change. Thanks also to Oneida Indian Nation and all the passionate fans. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to return to Central New York and continue strengthening our partnership.”
Longstanding partners like Oneida Indian Nation have enabled the annual NB3F Challenge to raise more than $5 million since the tournament began in 2008, with all proceeds benefiting Native communities. Turning Stone Resort Casino, which hosts the NB3F Challenge, is an economic enterprise of the Oneida Indian Nation.
“It’s an honor to welcome Notah to once again use Oneida Nation homelands as a stage to shine a bright light on some of the major challenges facing Native children,” said Halbritter. “The work the Foundation is doing to underscore the importance of health and to provide brighter futures for our youth is something we respect and are proud to support. As leaders in Indian Country, we are reminded that our decisions and actions will impact future generations, which is why supporting Notah’s Foundation Challenge is so critically important as we work to confront the serious health challenges facing Native American youth.”
It is predicted that half of Native children will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime, but NB3F is working hard to reverse that statistic. Since 2005, NB3F has piloted and evaluated comprehensive physical fitness and health programs, serving nearly 20,000 Native youth and families. Designing these models, which are easy to replicate and scale up or down, has laid the groundwork for NB3F to expand its services on a greater stage.
“We are excited to announce an important shift in the focus of the Foundation from running programs to empowering Native communities by directing more strategic grant making, providing access to research and delivering advocacy on behalf of Indian Country,” said Begay. “Our success over the past six years is due in large part to the success of this event and that gives us great optimism for what we will accomplish in the future.”
At the 2013 NB3F Challenge, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NB3F launched its national initiative, Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures. This initiative focuses on research, grantmaking and advocacy across Indian County, and has since provided seed money to Native communities in eight states and 20 tribal communities. The positive impact of programs funded by NB3F highlights the meaningful change Native communities can create through collaborative efforts.
Field and Format
This year’s Challenge will feature a field of eight golfers representing two teams of four players – Team USA and Team International, competing in a combined best-ball format. Each team is comprised of two pairs playing best ball; the team’s final score will be determined by combining the score of those two pairs.
Team USA is headlined by Tiger Woods with his 79 PGA TOUR and 14 Major victories. Marking his fifth year in the Challenge, Woods once again will pair up with Begay, a testament to their enduring friendship and shared passion for NB3F’s mission. Jason Dufner, 2013 PGA Champion, previous Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team member with three PGA TOUR victories, and Jimmy Walker, No. 1 in FedEx Cup rankings and 2014 Ryder Cup participant, will round out the team.
The talented pair of Jonas Blixt, a top 50 in FedEx Cup rankings with two PGA TOUR victories, and Angel Cabrera, a two-time Major champion and four-time Presidents Cup team member with 52 global victories, will join forces to represent Team International. They’ll hit the links along with Louis Oosthuizen, 2010 British Open Champion and former Presidents Cup participant with 12 global victories, and one additional player to be announced at a later date.
Tickets for the 2014 NB3F Challenge are on sale now, and may be purchased by contacting the Turning Stone Box Office at 315-361-SHOW (7469) or visiting the Box Office which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $50 for adults. Youth admission for 16 and under is provided complimentary with purchase of an adult ticket (must be requested at time of original purchase). Active Military receive a 50 percent discount upon presentation of a valid military I.D. Overnight packages also are available by calling 1-800-771-7711.