Tiger Woods and Notah Begay lead U.S. to victory at Turning Stone
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:15:44 GMT —
It was the third time Tiger Woods played at the Notah Begay Foundation Challenge, and this time he made made the course his own. He and Begay teamed up to shoot 9 under, helping to lead the U.S. side to victory. It was the first time the event used an "east vs. west" format, putting the U.S. Players against the Asian players, and it was Woods and Begay going head to head with K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang.
"This (foundation) is near and dear to his heart," said Woods about playing in the tournament once again, "this is his passion and I'm here in a heartbeat."
The west squad also included popular PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland, and some of the more well known LPGA players like Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson. Golf fans at Atunyote also got to witness Yani Tseng play in person, the number one women's player in the world
"It's an honor to walk the course with a field of golfers who use their international draw to make a difference in the lives of Native American youth," said Fowler. "Notah's unmatched commitment to a cause that is so near to his heart is inspiring."
The winning team shared $450,000, while Woods presented Begay a check for $500,000 for his foundation, which helps fight obesity and diabetes in the Native American community.
"Today's Challenge afforded us an invaluable opportunity to bring to light one of the most pressing health disparities facing Indian Country today - childhood obesity and diabetes," said the event's host and four-time PGA TOUR winner, Notah Begay III. "To the elite athletes, the Oneida Indian Nation and the dedicated fans who lined the course - thank you for your continued support of the health and well-being of the next generation of Native American leaders."
"The gratification comes not from taking home the trophy for the West, but from playing a role in the betterment of the Native children," said Kerr, who was part of the winning team at the NB3 Foundation Challenge for the third consecutive year. "The real reason we're out on the course today is to shine a spotlight on a community in which the Notah Begay III Foundation is working so diligently create positive change."