June 19, 2013 – Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – The Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel, part of PGA TOUR Canada’s inaugural season, has attracted high profile PGA TOUR player and current NBC and Golf Channel Golf Analyst Notah Begay III.
Thanks to Saskatoon-based Uranium company Cameco, Begay will be in Saskatoon for the entire tournament week of July 1st – 7th involved both as a player and in community events. The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, the title sponsor for the Open, has provided Begay with a sponsor exemption to play in the Open.
“We are extremely excited to have Notah Begay at our event and we want to thank Cameco for their support in making this happen,” said Executive Chair Hugh Vassos. Notah will participate in a number of special GOLFEST events including the Pro-Celebrity Drive the River Challenge at River Landing, Sponsor Pro-Ams, the PGA TOUR Canada Inaugural Luncheon at the Dakota Dunes Casino, and a Junior Golf Clinic for First Nations youth. “We are also thrilled that Notah will play in the tournament and we know a lot of golf fans are going to come out to watch him. Notah’s participation elevates the profile of our Saskatchewan event as one of the top stops on the new Tour,” added Vassos.
“The Dakota Dunes Open has garnered an excellent reputation over the years and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to compete,” said Begay, a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR. “I’m also excited to engage members of the First Nations community and its youth in an effort to promote my message of educational pursuit and personal health.”
“This partnership is a great fit for Cameco,” said Gary Merasty, vice-president of corporate responsibility and communications. “Our community investment strategy is focused on youth. Sports and recreation, as well as strong role models, have a big part to play in keeping our northern youth healthy and happy.”