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NB3 Challenge at Atunyote
Verona – The West team representing the United States outshot a world-class field of PGA
and LPGA stars to capture the fifth annual Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation Challenge
title. Notah Begay III and Tiger Woods led the West squad to victory in the mixed team, best
ball tournament at the Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in central New
York. The real winners of the event are Native youth around the nation, who will benefit
from the $500,000 raised by the NB3 Foundation to help advance its mission of improving
health and wellness 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
The new East meets West format, highlighted by a field featuring some of golf’s premier
players from the PGA TOUR and LPGA and a crowd of eager fans, set the stage for a great
afternoon of golf. The West team of Begay, Woods, Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, Cristie
Kerr and Lexi Thompson emerged as the tournament champions, outpacing K.J. Choi, Se
Ri Pak, Yani Tseng, Y.E. Yang, Danny Lee and Charlie Wi of the East team by the score of
8 to 6. Kerr sunk a birdie on the 18 to give the West team the lead and Begay birdied the
final hole to clinch the victory.
“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.”
“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.”
Ultimately, the real action from the 2012 NB3 Foundation Challenge happens outside the
ropes, where all proceeds from the event go to the Notah Begay III Foundation. The money
raised through the event supports the commitment to develop sustainable, evidence-based,
innovative programs that can achieve significant results in helping to reverse the epidemics
of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. Driven by Native staff, these programs empower
youth to realize their potential as tomorrow’s leaders. Since 2005, the Foundation has
engaged and served more than 10,000 Native youth through evidence-based, sports-
The NB3 Foundation Challenge continues to proudly demonstrate what Native groups can
accomplish through shared efforts and resources aimed at addressing important issues in
their communities. Indian Nations, like Oneida, have made extraordinary strides in recent
years to build promising futures for their youth and communities, and this event exemplifies
“The Oneida Nation thanks Notah Begay for bringing some of the world’s best golfers to
Central New York,” said Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter. “We are pleased to
be able to participate in a premier event that benefits the important work the NB3
Foundation does for children in Indian Country.”
For more information on the NB3 Foundation Challenge and the NB3 Foundation, please
visit: www.nb3foundation.org .
First Tee wraps up season
ONEIDA NATION HOMELANDS -- Turning Stone Resort’s Sandstone Hollow Golf Course
hosted more than 60 children from The First Tee of Syracuse to cap off the program’s
summer season. The mission of The First Tee is to impact the lives of young people by
providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development
and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.
The vision of The First Tee of Syracuse is to teach The First Tee Nine Core Values and
Nine Healthy Habits; providing the vehicles through which young people can accomplish
their dreams, thrive socially, excel academically and athletically, and become productive
members of society with integrity, strong family values, and commitment to community.
In total this summer, The First Tee of Syracuse worked with a diverse group of about 180
children from the inner city as well as suburban and rural areas. While the program is
based at two courses in Syracuse, the visit to Sandstone Hollow was a special way to finish
“It was a great experience to come play a different course,” said Jamesville Dewitt
sophomore Alanna Jones. “The First Tee gives us a chance to work on our golf game while
meeting new people. Some of the biggest life lessons I’ve learned from golf are the
importance of patience, courtesy, and honesty.”
Robert Dixon, lead coach for The First Tee of Syracuse said, “Coming out to Sandstone
Hollow capped off our six week program and it’s a real treat for the kids to play on such a
high-quality course at a world-class resort. The First Tee of Syracuse truly appreciates the
generosity of the Oneida Nation and the golf staff at Turning Stone.”
Turning Stone Resort Assistant Golf Professional Michelle Murphy spent time with the kids
on the course, coaching and giving tips. Murphy said, “These kids really appreciate being
here. They will remember this forever. Turning Stone is excited to partner with The First
Tee of Syracuse and to promote golf for kids and families.”
Sandstone Hollow is an official U.S. Kids Golf recognized facility and features the U.S. Kids
Golf Family Course Program. Specialized, smaller sized clubs are available that make the
game of golf more enjoyable for the whole family. U.S. Kids Golf has also developed a
system of Level One and Level Two tee plates for kids and adult beginners. The benefits
include a better pace of play, more fun, and a better overall experience.
Turning Stone tabs former LPGA player as Assistant Pro
ONEIDA NATION HOMELANDS -- Turning Stone Resort Casino named former
LPGA Tour player Michelle Murphy Assistant Golf Professional, according to a
press release from Oneida Nation News
Murphy competed on the LPGA Tour in 1998, 2000, and 2001 and has completed
all levels of PGA certification.
Along with her LPGA Tour experience, Murphy claimed two victories on the LPGA
Futures Tour, and three wins on the Players West Tour. She also competed in nine
U.S. Women’s Open Championships. In 2006, Murphy was the co-transportation
chair for the USGA Women’s Amateur and the only contestant to participate in and
chair a USGA event during the same year.
The 1990 graduate of the University of New Mexico was a three-time member of the
Western Athletic Conference All-Conference team. Murphy was runner-up at the
1988 Women’s Western Amateur Championship and a two-time winner of the
Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) Amateur Championship in 1988 and
1989. She was also an individual qualifier at the NCAA Division I National
Tournament her senior year.
Of her lifetime in the sport, Murphy said, “I’ve been involved in every level of golf.
Junior golf, high school, college, amateur, mini tour, Europe, Asia, the LPGA, and
now a PGA certified member. Of the 26,000 fully-certified PGA of America
members, only eight or nine are women, and I’m one of them. I’m excited to bring
that experience to Turning Stone Resort, which has an unmatched reputation
everywhere I’ve gone.”
Turning Stone Resort Director of Golf Robert Todd said, “I met Michelle at a PGA
merchandise show and found her to be full of energy and golf stories. Her goal is to
make the game fun for all. I expect Michelle to spread her knowledge to our Turning
Stone golf team members to help them provide the best guest service possible.”
Murphy comes to Turning Stone after working as an assistant professional at
Quintero Golf and Country Club in Peoria, Arizona and Waverley Country Club in
Portland, Oregon, as well as serving seven years as head women’s golf coach at
the University of Portland (Oregon). Her teaching credentials also include
certification as a Titleist Performance Institute instructor specializing in fitness,
biomechanics, and junior golf. Murphy has worked as a golf instructor at Intrawest
Golf/Stratton Golf School in Vermont and Arizona and the Junior Golf Association of
Arizona and Washington Junior Golf Association.
Murphy said, “As an instructor, I want to make people better golfers. I’ve already
helped thousands ranging from novice to advanced with their golf swing, etiquette,
course management, and score saving techniques. I hope to teach thousands more
here at Turning Stone."
Field for 5th NB3 Challenge to be announced
Notah Begay III and the Oneida Indian Nation are set to announce the world-class
12-player field for the 5th Annual NB3 Challenge at a Monday news conference at
Turning Stone Casino.
The event will be held later this summer at Atunyote Golf Club and will feature a new
East vs. West team format, and include top-ranked international PGA and LPGA
talent from the United States and Asia.
The NB3 Foundation Challenge raises awareness and funding for the improved
health and wellness of Native American youth on Indian reservations nationwide.
Shenendoah hosts Golf Quebec Junior event
Oneida Nation Homelands - Turning Stone Resort Casino’s Shenendoah Golf
Club hosted the first Golf Québec Vertdure Provincial Junior Tour event of the 2012
season April 21 and 22. The Duquette Construction Junior Spring Open drew 180
amateur boys and girls ages 18 and under from across Québec, Canada.
Girls winner Josée Doyton of Bauceville played her last tournament as a junior, as
she turns 19 April 28. Doyton shot rounds of 72 and 70 to finish two under par for
the tournament, eight shots ahead of second place finishers Valérie Tanquay and
Boys winner Hugo Bernard, representing Vallée du Richelieu Golf Club, shot a
second round 67 to put him at one under par, a three stroke margin of victory over
Mathieu Kennis and Joey Savoie.
Turning Stone Director of Golf Robert Todd said, “The level of golf we saw from
these young amateurs was outstanding, despite challenging weather. Golf Québec’
s choice of Turning Stone Resort and Shenendoah Golf club proves that we truly are
an international golf destination. We look forward to their return in the near future.”
Shenendoah offers 18 holes of PGA-level golf in a spectacular natural setting. The
course was built and is maintained to comply with stringent Audubon International
standards for environmental protection and preservation. Designer Rick Smith used
the natural landscape to create wooded parkland holes, open pastures that capture
the links feel, and beautifully simple low country-style holes.