Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge at Turning Stone Resort postponed

By WKTV News

VERNON, N.Y. - Notah Begay III, a four-time PGA TOUR winner, today announced that the fourth annual Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation Challenge, slated to take place on Tuesday, July 5 at Turning Stone Resort’s Atunyote Golf Club on Oneida Indian Nation lands near Vernon, N.Y., has been postponed. An announcement addressing a new event date, and any changes to the format and playing field, will come at a later date.

Begay and Foundation executives made the decision to postpone the NB3 Foundation Challenge in order to provide Tiger Woods, who has committed to play but is still recovering from injuries, the best opportunity to participate.

“I’m honored that Tiger agreed to participate in this year’s event,” said Begay. “He believes in our mission and is a huge draw for fans. Obviously, we want Tiger to be a part of the event, and are hopeful that the postponement will give him the opportunity to heal and be ready when we do tee it up.”

The friendship between Begay and Woods dates back to Stanford University, where Begay, a three-time All-American, and Woods were teammates and roommates in the mid-1990s.

"While I am disappointed that I will not be able to participate in Notah’s Foundation Challenge in July, I certainly hope to reschedule,” said Woods. “Notah is a great personal friend of mine and his Foundation does wonderful things. It is a privilege to help.”

PGA TOUR star Rickie Fowler was to join Begay and Woods along with NFL quarterbacks Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys and Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams and three other participants from the world of sports in the two-person, best-ball 18-hole shootout. All proceeds from the tournament were to go directly to benefit the Notah Begay III Foundation in an effort to raise awareness and funding for the improved health and wellness of Native American youth on Indian reservations nationwide.

“While I am disappointed with the postponement of the NB3 Challenge, I remain fully committed to bringing a world-class event to Turning Stone and the golf fans of Central New York this year,” Begay said. “This event is paramount in my mission to battle obesity and Type 2 diabetes among Native youths, and it is driven by the generous support I receive from my friends in the golf world.”

The NB3 Foundation will continue to work with its partner, the Oneida Indian Nation, to determine the best available new date to host the event, which has raised more than $2.4 million through its first three years at Atunyote.

“Like all golf fans, I wish Tiger a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to the game of golf,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises. “The Oneida Indian Nation is pleased to host this wonderful golf event at our Atunyote Golf Club to benefit the Notah Begay III Foundation. Tiger’s commitment to return to Turning Stone to participate in this event demonstrates his unwavering support of the Foundation. The Oneida Indian Nation is proud of our ongoing partnership with Notah in improving the lives of American Indian youth throughout the country.”

Ticketholders who already have purchased tickets for the NB3 Foundation Challenge can keep their tickets for use on the new date. Following the announcement surrounding a new event date, tickets can be exchanged in advance or on the day of the event at the Turning Stone Box Office. Tickets on hold at Will Call will automatically be exchanged for the new event date.

Ticketholders seeking a refund should contact the Turning Stone Box Office for further instructions and information at
315-361-7469. Tickets purchased via credit card will be refunded upon request and presentation of tickets on the original card of purchase. If you purchased by cash, please bring your tickets to the Turning Stone Box Office with proof of ID to obtain a cash refund. The Box Office hours are Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Notah Begay III Foundation was founded in 2005 by Begay, the only full-blooded Native American on the PGA TOUR. In an effort to make a difference in the lives of Native American youth, the Foundation took on the mission to reduce the incidences of childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and promote the leadership development of Native American youth. The NB3 Foundation Challenge is the organization’s largest fund-raiser and has helped launch and support the model golf and soccer programs it is striving to implement across Indian Country.

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