NB3 Foundation is excited to introduce the 2021 NB3FIT Youth Golf Team. The team is made up of 14 elite Native youth golfers ages 12 to 18 from across the state of New Mexico. The golf team was formed to provide an opportunity for young Native golfers to pursue their passion for excellence in golf, contribute to their communities and serve as positive role models to their peers.
“It’s been a long time coming and I’m excited we are able to provide this opportunity to Native youth golfers around the state,” Clint Begay, director of NB3FIT said. “Many of our youth face a number of barriers when pursuing high levels of competition in golf. My hope is that we can help bridge the gap by providing skills training, equipment, tournament opportunities and youth development through mentorship and community service.”
The golf team will meet and practice regularly, attend 10 golf tournaments through the end of the year and develop a community service plan, completing at least five hours of community service each month.
“It’s great that we are able to provide this opportunity to Native youth. It was not long ago that I was in their shoes, so I know how much golf means to them. I’m going to do everything I can to ensure they succeed on and off the course,” Demitrius Payne, NB3FIT coordinator said.
The golf team has started practicing and will be competing for the first time at the NB3 Junior Tour event May 15-16. They will continue to play 10-12 more tournaments throughout the summer giving them the opportunity to advance their golf skills to compete at all levels.
2021 NB3FIT Golf Team members
Angelo Martinez, 12, Albuquerque, NM, Hispanic, Bosque School
Zachary BlueEyes, 14, Kirtland, NM, Dine’, Kirtland Central High School
Tristen Toledo, 15, Albuquerque, NM, Pueblo of Jemez, Walatowa High Charter School
Ardell John, 15, Kirtland, NM, Dine’, Kirtland Central High School
Skyler Woods, 15, Kirtland, NM, Dine’, Kirtland Central High School
Luke James, 15, Gallup, NM, Dine’, Miyamura High School
Noah Pozernick, 15, Gallup, NM, Dine’, Miyamura High School
Adiance Cheromiah, 16, Laguna, NM, Pueblo of Laguna, Laguna-Acoma
Kyle Begay, 16, Kirtland, NM, Dine’, Kirtland Central High School
Lance Nerva-Chee, 18, Albuquerque, NM, Dine’/Kewa Pueblo, Cibola High School
Maddison Long, 14, Albuquerque, NM, Coeur d’Alene/Dine’, Volcano Vista High School
Melody Sandoval, 16, Albuquerque, NM, Pueblo of San Felipe, Amy Biehl High School
Shandiin Harper, 17, Farmington, NM, Dine’, Piedra Vista High School
Emily Kitseallyboy, 18, Kirtland, NM, Dine’, Farmington High School