30th ANNUAL NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING ASSOCIATION
KICKS OFF INDIAN GAMING 2015 WITH GOLF TOURNAMENTS
San Diego, March 30, 2015 - The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) kicked off its 30th Annual Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention with three golf tournaments in beautiful southern California. The Sovereignty Tournament took place at the Barona Band of Mission Indian's Barona Creek Golf Club, where hills provided terrain for all skills levels. Voted the 3rd Best Resort Course in California, Barona Creek provided an early opportunity for attendees of Indian Gaming 2015 to network.
NIGA Chairman Stevens took a moment to acknowledge why NIGA hosts these golf tournaments. "Our supporters join us from all over the country and come here to have a good time and set the table for the comradery and our discussions that take place while we're out here on the golf course getting wok done and sessions are being held in town. Borona and Sycuan have graciously hosted these golf tournaments for many years. The money raised goes towards scholarships and projects so we want to thank our sponsors who've been with us. But the most important thing to remember is the spirit of sovereignty."
The Vice Chairman's Tournament and the Chairman's Tournament were both held at the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation's Sycaun Golf Resort. Golfers who participated in the Vice Chairman's Tournament teed off on the Oak Glen Golf Course.
Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation Chairman Cody Martinez greeted golfers and said, "We'd like to welcome everybody to the 30th Annual NIGA Tradeshow and Convention and the golf tournaments held here at the Sycuan Golf Resort. The Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation is proud to have everyone out here today and we look forward to a good day of golf."
The Chairman's Tournament was played on the Willow Glen Golf Course at Sycuan, another par 72 course with narrow fairways and strategically placed bunkers. The sunny southern California weather and the backdrop of well manicured tribally owned golf courses offered a serene setting for interacting beyond the boardroom. The tournament golfers partook in friendly competition amongst tribal and company sponsored teams who played for the Chairman's sought-after top golf team award.
Many celebrities came out to support NIGA and its efforts during Indian Gaming 2015 including highly respected motion star actors, Adam Beach and Rodney A. Grant. Professional NativeAmerican woman golfer Alex Schulte was also there along with Pro Athletes for Indian Country Initiative NFL legends Curt Mohl, Chris Doleman and Jimmy Warren, who also golfed in the tournament.
Chairman Stevens proudly wore his new Nike N7 apparel from the collection that supports the N7 Fund and is available in stores now. The N7 Fund helps enable Native American youth to be active through the power of sport.
PGA Tour and Native American golfer Notah Begay was onsite and expressed his gratitude for the golf tournaments. "It's such a great honor to come out here and play on tribal lands and bring tribal leaders together from all across the country to support a great initiative and be a part of business development and growth in Indian Country. It's ironic that golf, which has given me so much, is the catalyst for today's events. Its really going to benefit all of us to work together, communicate and push forward our collective initiatives to make Indian Country more prosperous and it's something our younger generations can look forward to, us being a stronger part of their communities," said Mr. Begay.
After a day of the golf course, Indian Gaming 2015 attendees will enjoy the Chairman's Welcome Reception at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The first reception of the 4-day world-class Indian gaming event will be filled with food, cocktails, entertainment and presentation of the Charlie Hill Entertainer of the Year.