ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hometown golf hero Notah Begay shared his vision for improving the financial and physical well-being of New Mexicans, especially its native communities, during a talk Wednesday at the Albuquerque Economic Forum.
Begay — famous for excelling on championship golf teams at Albuquerque Academy and Stanford University, where he roomed with Tiger Woods — shared anecdotes and humorous asides with an overflow crowd at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
“This isn’t a place I thought I’d be standing when I picked up a pair of used golf clubs at the age of 6,” said Begay.
He attributed much of his success as an athlete and businessman to his friendship with State Investment Officer Steve Moise (who was in the audience), extra tutoring to help him grow academically and kind people who bought bus tickets so he could get to tournaments.
Now the first full-blooded Native American on the PGA Tour is teeing off an other efforts.