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Tiger, Begay, Weir, Villegas play skins at Atunyote

The 2nd Annual Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge teed off at 11 a.m. today on the Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone in Verona.

Thousands of golf fans attended to see Notah Begay III, Tiger Woods, Camilo Villegas and Mike Weir play skins in Madison County. A father-son pair flew in from Virginia to enjoy a "once in a lifetime" experience together, while others traveled from all over New York State to see four of professional golf's greats.

The event was made possible by collaboration between the Oneida Indian Nation and the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians of California. The Notah Begay III Foundation raises awareness and funding for the improved health and wellness of Native American youth on Indian reservations nationwide.

During the 9:30 a.m. press conference at Atunyote, Begay said he was glad to see the turnout at the fundraising event and that he was honored to have Weir, Woods and Villegas joining him on the course.

Begay and Woods' friendship goes back to their college days when they were roommates and golf teammates at Stanford University in the mid 90s. On the course with Woods and Begay was Colombian native Villegas who won last year's inaugural NB3 Foundation Challenge. Weir, a longtime Canadian golf standout, is currently ranked No. 24 in the world and is an eight-time PGA Tour winner.

Look for more coverage of the NB3 foundation Challenge on www.cnylink.com throughout the day and in the Aug. 2 edition of the Madison County Eagle. A photo gallery will also be available.

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