Notah Begay Challenge postponed due to Tiger Woods injury

A big golf tournament at Turning Stone Resort is being postponed.

The Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge is being rescheduled in an effort to give golf fans the best opportunity to catch Tiger Woods.

The fourth annual event was slated to take place on Tuesday, July 5th at Turning Stone Resort's Atunyote Golf Club. The new date and any changes to the format and playing field will be released later.

Begay and Foundation executives decided to postpone the event to give Tiger Woods the best opportunity to participate. He is still recovering from injuries.

"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."

"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."

Begay and Woods knew each other at Stanford University, where they were teammates and roommates in the mid-1990's. Begay is a three-time All-American.

"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 scheduled 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 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 event has raised more than $2.4 million through its first three years at Atunyote.

Ticketholders who already bought tickets for the NB3 Foundation Challenge can keep their tickets for use on the new date. After the new date is announced, 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 who want 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.

For more information about the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge, click here .