Team Oklahoma to play in 2006 CUP
TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. (Feb. 11) -- Officials of the Native American Cup organization (NAC) and the Cherokee Casino Resort have announced a partnership, resulting in the opportunity for Native American golfers from Oklahoma to play in the 2006 Native American Cup presented by Charter Communications.
Cherokee Hills Golf Club, located near Tulsa will play host to the 2006 Cherokee Casino Resort Oklahoma Golf Classic, to be held May 8. The event, a 36-hole scratch tournament, will send the top 13 finishers to Michigan in the fall to compete in the Association Division as Team Oklahoma.
The 2006 Cherokee Casino Resort Oklahoma Golf Classic will be open to all members of a federally recognized Indian tribe. Women are eligible to play and will play from the women's tees. The tournament fee is $75 per golfer, which includes green fees and cart fees. The event will be limited to the first 100 golfers that pay and have their eligibility verified. Registration and payment will only be available through the Native American Cup website: www.nativeamericancup.org
"We are honored to host the Oklahoma Golf Classic," said David Stewart, CEO of Cherokee Nations Enterprises, which operates Cherokee Casino Resort. "It is important for us to promote the game of golf. By sponsoring this tournament, I know we will attract players from all over the state."
"We are very excited that Team Oklahoma will be coming to Michigan in the fall to play for the Cup." said Henry Boulley, Board Chairman of the Native American Cup organization. "This would not be possible without the generous support from the Cherokee Casino Resort. Their support will allow us to raise more funds to award as scholarships at this year's event."
The 2006 Native American Cup is a three-day team competition, where tribal teams compete in various match formats on three different courses. Teams earn points by winning or halving their matches, and the team that compiles the most points wins "The Cup" for their respective division.
Native teams compete in the Tribal Division or the Association Division. The Tribal Division is for teams made up completely of tribal members or natives employed by the tribe. The Association Division is for teams made up of native gofers representing a State, Region, or Association. Corporate sponsors take part in the event playing in the Sponsors Division, which is a two-day event for foursomes.
"The Native American Cup would not be successful without our corporate sponsors, whom support continuing education for our Native youth" said Boulley. "We want to give them maximum value for their sponsorship dollars, creating a 'can't miss' event."
Team Oklahoma joins Team Native America and Team NAFOA in the Association Division. Team NAFOA is sponsored by the Native American Finance Officers Association, and is being formed via their annual fundraising golf tournament (2006 NAFOA Golf Classic). Team Native America is comprised of various tribal chairman, councilors, native businessmen, and native celebrities. Four-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay III played on Team Native America in the inaugural event in 2005.
Native American Cup
The Native American Cup organization is a Michigan-based native operated non-profit organization that raises funds to be awarded to college bound Native Americans. The funds are raised via miscellaneous fundraisers, the sale of logo items, and through high-caliber golf events. The signature event is the Native American Cup, which is a three-day team competition modeled loosely after the "Ryder Cup."
The 2006 Native American Cup, presented by Charter Communications, will be held at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, which is located just north of Traverse City, Mich.. The resort is 100 percent owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians. The event will take place Aug. 4,5 and 6.
For more information about the organization or the event, visit: www.nativeamericancup.org