|2012 NB3 Challenge Field Announcement
|Woods, Fowler return for
5th Annual NB3 Challenge
Aug. 29 event
features top men
and women from
U.S. and Asia
VERNON -- Tiger Woods and Rickie
Fowler headline a 12-player field for
the 5th Annual Notah Begay III
Foundation Challenge, which will be
held Aug. 29 at Atunyote Golf Club.
Begay and Oneida Nation
Representative Ray Halbritter
announced the field during a Monday
morning press conference at Turning
Stone Resort & Casino.
"I'm happy and humbled to announce
that the Challenge will celebrate his
fifth anniversary this year," said Begay.
"This event has played such a huge
part in helping the NB3 Foundation in
its mission of empowering Native
American 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."
Tickets are $50 for adults and can be
purchased by contacting the Turning
Stone Box Office at 315-361-7469.
Youth admission for 16-under is free
with purchase of an adult ticket, but
must be requested at time of original
purchase. Active Military receive 50%
The field consists of six players from
Asia and six from the United States.
The format will be a mixed-team,
best-ball tournament with a winners'
purse of $450,000. There will be three
teams of four players with each match
being worthy one point.
Cristie Kerr and Yani Tseng, the
world's No. 1 player are among four
LPGA players in the field. Se Ri Pak
and Lexi Thompson are also in the
-Kerr, who has won the last two events
with partner Hunter Mahan, has won
14 career LPGA tournaments including
-Tseng is the youngest player to win
five majors and has been the dominant
player on the LPGA Tour the past few
-Pak has 24 LPGA victories, including
five majors and is the youngest women
ever to be inducted into the Hall of
Thompson, now 17, qualified for the
U.S. Open at age 12. She also won her
first LPGA event at age 16.
K.J. Choi, Gary Woodland, Y.E. Yang,
Charlie Wi and Danny Lee join Woods,
Fowler and Begay as PGA Tour
players competing in the event that
helps raise awareness and funding for
the health and wellness of Native
-Woods owns 14 major titles and is tied
for second all-time with 73 PGA Tour
-Fowler recently earned his first win on
tour, taking the Wells Fargo
Championship in May.
-Choi has won eight PGA Tour titles
and boasts 18 wins world-wide.
-Woodland is one of the young stars
on the PGA Tour and had one win and
six top-10 finishes in 2011.
-Yang is best known for knocking
Woods off at the 2009 PGA
Championship to become the first
full-blooded Asian to win a major title.
-Wi had six top-25 finishes in 2011.
-Lee is the youngest player to win a
PGA European Tour-sanctioned event
and won a Nationwide Tour event last
year to earn his PGA Tour card for
Begay, a four-time PGA Tour winner, is
a busy man these days.
Along with the foundation, Begay also
is a studio analyst for The Golf
Channel, is a course architect and is
also trying to make a bit of a comeback
as a player.
Begay shot 68 Friday, but missed the
cut at the Travelers Championship by
a stroke. He is playing this week in
Washington, D.C. and expects to play
a few more tournaments this year
before heading back to Q School to
attempt to earn his card for the 2013
"I'm starting to play more, and I played
really well (at Travelers)," Begay said.
"Don't count me out yet."
Even if he returns to the form of a
decade ago, Begay's passion remains
with his foundation.
"This is a high priority," Begay said of
his foundation. "Because the
foundation work is more important than
anything I can do in golf."
If it wasn't for several injuries, mostly to
his back, Begay's Foundation likely
wouldn't be anywhere close to what it
"Call it fate or whatever, but I was
destined to do this work," Begay said.
All proceeds from the tournament
benefit the NB3 Foundation. The event
has raised over $3 million in its first
For more information on the NB3
Foundation Challenge, visit
VERONA -- Tournament host Notah Begay III (left) and Oneida Nation
Representative Ray Halbritter speak at Monday's press conference
announcing the 2012 field and date for the 5th Annual Notah Begay III