Team USA brought home the 2013 Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge (NB3) title on Wednesday. The sixth annual NB3 Challenge was hosted by the Oneida Indian Nation at Turning Stone Resortâ??s Atunyote Golf Club in central New York. Team USA was made up of a number of note-worthy players: Rickie Fowler, Notah Begay III, Gary Woodland, and Bo Van Pelt. Team International and Team Asia gave Team USA healthy competition, but ultimately outperformed both.
Perhaps the more important feat of the day was the amount of support for the Notah Begay III Foundation. Thousands of avid golf fans, including the PGA TOUR golfers, showed their loyalty to the event and helped NB3â??s mission of raising awareness and funds for Native American children with health and wellness issues.
â??The combination of humbling support, financial contributions and strategic partnerships with world-class golfers, Oneida Indian Nation and loyal fans is so powerful, and truly invaluableâ?¦,â?? said the fundraiserâ??s host, four-time PGA TOUR winner and NBC/Golf Channel Analyst Notah Begay III. â??Iâ??m incredibly grateful to everyone who helps us with this mission.â??
Though the NB3 Challenge is competitive during play, the tournamentâ??s end goal is to extend the lives of Native American children.
â??Today we played for a reason greater than our love of sport,â?? said Fowler, after his teamâ??s winning effort. â??We put our competitive spirits toward the positive goal of helping Notah and his foundation address the fact that one-in-two Native American children will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.â??
This competitive spirit combined with the ongoing support for the Notah Begay III Foundation brings everyone together at the end of the day.