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Notah Begay III tees off in Alaska to help Afognak Native Corporation

By Dave Leval Photojournalist: Dave Leval - 7:20 PM June 29, 2017
ANCHORAGE –

You had the good, with the not so good at the Anchorage Golf Course. Not even rain could dampen the mood as golfers hit the course Thursday for a good cause.

The Afognak Native Corporation hosted its second annual Youth Tournament. Proceeds help fund a culture camp on Afognak Island.

Board Chairman Gerad Godfrey told KTVA Sports, Tribal members go there to learn more about how their ancestors lived.

“Subsistence lifestyle, utilizing what Mother Nature provides for you, survival techniques and skills, crafts,” Godfrey said.

Golfers could feel good about one thing though, they had help to improve their score in this best ball match. Professional golfer Notah Begay III set up teams on the 13th Tee. Begay is the PGA Tour’s first and only Native American player.

He created his foundation in 2005 to promote health and wellness among Native children.

Begay’s first visit to Alaska also promoted the life lessons golf provides.

“You’re going to find trouble on just about every round you play, your ability to work your way out of trouble, to believe in yourself, and the willingness to put in the effort and the time to be good,” Begay told KTVA Sports.

He proved to be good to the teams he helped with his tee shots. “His shot was a for sure, we missed the putt, but, made the par, so we’re good to go,” said Herschel Deaton.

Just par for the course, to help Alaskan Natives learn more about their heritage.

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