Young and aspiring golfers from northern Saskatchewan will get a chance to learn from one of the best next week when PGA tour pro Notah Begay the third hosts a special Aboriginal youth golf clinic at the Dakota Dunes golf course, near Saskatoon.

Begay, the only Native American on the PGA tour, will be in Saskatchewan as part of the Dakota Dunes Casino Open tournament from July 1-7.

Tournament organizer Hugh Vassos says it is an honour to have a golfer of Begay’s caliber just to participate in the tournament and his involvement in community events, such as the youth golf clinic, is an added bonus.

“On Saturday, there’s going to be a group of young First Nations golfers that are going to be flown in from northern Saskatchewan by Cameco to participate in a golf classic and a motivational presentation by Notah Begay,” he says. “So, I think it’s just tremendous that he’s able to do that and we’re very pleased that Cameco stepped up and is helping us to reach out to more people in Saskatchewan.”

Begay will also participate in the drive the river challenge as well as the tournament itself from Thursday to Sunday.

Another PGA tour pro, Weyburn’s Graham DeLaet, is the honourary chair of the tournament.

The Dakota Dunes Casino Open is also one of nine tournaments chosen to participate in the inaugural Canada PGA tour.