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Team USA claims 2013 Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge title

By SPENCER DAVIDSON

VERONA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The 2013 Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge wrapped up at the Turning Stone Resort's Atunyote Golf Club, with Team USA taking home the title, Wednesday.

The namesake of the event, Notah Begay III, teamed up with Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, and Bo Van Pelt, to outshoot Team International and Team Asia en route to securing the 2013 NB3 trophy.

The sixth annual NB3 challenge, attracted thousands of golf fans, despite the absence of Tiger Woods, who withdrew earlier this week with an injury.

While drawing a big crowd for what was happening on the fairways, the Challenge also raised funds and awareness for the NB3 Foundation, which addresses the pressing health and wellness issues facing Native American children.

"Year after year, this event serves as a unique platform to raise awareness for the disparities in resources and support facing Native American communities," said Begay III. "The combination of humbling support, financial contributions and strategic partnerships with world-class golfers, Oneida Indian Nation and loyal fans is so powerful in driving our mission to reverse the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic among Native American children."

In this year's event, Team USA dazzled fans with an unusual 21-under par performance, on the normally difficult course.

The foursome defeated Team International, made up of Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Henrik Stenson, and Nicolas Colsaerts, as well as, Team Asia, with K.J. Choi, John Huh, James Hahn, and Charlie Wi.

With fundraising as the main focus of the tournament, the NB3 Challenge has already helped more than 15,000 Native American children overcome illness or disease.

The NB3F will look to continue furthering this cause, in future years, as the NB3 Challenge has become one of the premier events in Upstate New York during the month of August.

For more information about NB3F, visit www.nb3foundation.org.

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