Woods, Fowler In Field For Charity Event

Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler headline the field for this year’s Notah Begay Challenge, set for Aug. 29 at Atunyote Golf Club near Verona, N.Y.

The best-ball format event features U.S. and Asian players and fights obesity and diabetes among Native American children. Woods and Begay were roommates at Stanford.

Other professional players in the field include major winner K.J. Choi, along with top LPGA golfer Cristie Kerr and world No. 1 one Yani Tseng. Rounding out the 12-player field is Gary Woodland, Y.E.Yang, Charlie Wi Danny Lee, Lexi Thompson and Se Ri Pak.

U.S. and Asian players will play against each other with a $450,000 winners’ purse at stake.

“I’m happy and humbled to announce that the Challenge will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year,” Begay said. “This event has played such a huge part in helping the NB3 Foundation in its mission of empowering Native youth to sustain active, healthy and productive lives. The support from the Oneida Indian Nation and commitment from great players such as Tiger, Rickie, K.J. and Yani to attend and compete means so much to me. Together, we continue the battle against obesity and type 2 diabetes to improve Native communities everywhere.”

All proceeds from the tournament go directly to benefit the Notah Begay III Foundation. In its first four years, the event has raised more than $3 million through its on-going partnership with the Oneida Indian Nation and the support of professional golfers.

Golfer's in the field

Woods owns 14 professional golf major championships, the second-highest total in the history of the men’s game, and his 73 PGA Tour victories are tied for second all-time. Fowler, who is part Navajo, has roared onto the golf scene and recently earned his first win as a pro at the Wells Fargo Championship. South Korean prodigy K.J. Choi is set to represent the exceptional Asian talent in the field. His 18 professional golf tournament wins, including eight on the PGA Tour, and 40 weeks spent in the top 10 world rankings make him Asia’s most successful golfer. Cristie Kerr returns as a two-time defending NB3 Foundation Challenge champion. Kerr is one of the LPGA Tour’s most accomplished players, owning 14 career professional wins, including two major tournament titles. Hailing from South Korea, Se Ri Pak will also showcase her unparalleled talent on the golf course at this year’s event. Her 24 LPGA victories, including five major championships, have earned her the distinction of being the youngest women’s golfer ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Gary Woodland, representing the U.S., is coming off an outstanding 2011 PGA Tour campaign which included six top 10 finishes and his first career win. Y.E. Yang of South Korea made history in 2009 when he became the first Asian to win a major championship with a victory at the PGA Championship. Charlie Wi, also a South Korean native, took home a top-10 and six top-25 finishes in 2011. Born in South Korea but a naturalized New Zealander, Danny Lee became the youngest player ever to win a PGA European Tour-sanctioned event, and in 2011 earned his first Nationwide Tour victory at the WNB Golf Classic, which secured his PGA TOUR card for 2012. Completing the field are LPGA pros Lexi Thompson and Yani Tseng, from the U.S. and Taiwan, respectively. Thompson burst onto the national golf scene when she was only 12 years old, becoming the youngest person to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. Four years later, Thompson was already an LPGA Tour winner. Tseng emerged as a star in her early twenties, winning majors and reaching No. 1 in the world rankings. When she won the 2011 Women’s British Open, she became the youngest golfer ever—male or female—to win five majors.


Tickets for the 2012 NB3 Foundation 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 are also available by calling 1-800-771-7711. For more information about the NB3 Foundation Challenge, visit: www.nb3challenge.com.


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