January 31 2012
Notah Begay, whose tireless passion, commitment and advocacy for the health and well-being of Native American youth led to the founding of the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation in 2005, is the recipient of the Golf Writers Association of America’s Charlie Bartlett Award.
The 39-year-old Begay, who is half Navajo, one-quarter San
Felipe and one-quarter Isleta and
the only full-blooded Native American to play on the PGA TOUR, founded the NB3 Foundation to
battle the epidemic of childhood and Type 2 diabetes and obesity among Native American
A four-time winner on Tour, Begay has raised more than $3.23 million in three years through this annual NB3 Foundation Challenge Golf Event to support the foundation’s programs. The award, named for the first secretary of the GWAA, is given to a professional golfer for his/her unselfish contributions to the betterment of society. Begay will be honored at the GWAA Annual Awards Dinner April 4 in Augusta, Ga.
He follows Lorena Ochoa (2011), Ernie Els (2010), Tiger Woods
(2007), Greg Norman (2008)
and Jack Nicklaus (2009) as recent recipients.
Begay still plays a handful of PGA TOUR events a year as a past champion. He will play in next week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.