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On Sunday, Tiger Woods sealed his fifth Masters victory in Augusta, Georgia.

While they weren't close to scoring a PGA win, a group of local golfers took to the course on Saturday, braving the winds and rain, to gain a different type of victory – a victory for kids.

The 4th Annual Cops Fore the Kids Charity Golf Tournament was held on Saturday at the Foursche Valley Golf Course in Washington County. The event is one of the many fundraisers held throughout the year for the Washington County Shop With a Cop Program.

Officer Lauren Adams of the Potosi Police Department is in charge of Cops for Kids and called the event a success, stating that this year the organization has raised enough money to take about 50 kids shopping so far for this coming Christmas.

Shop With a Cop is a popular program in which law enforcement officers raise money through the year to allow kids to go Christmas shopping with an officer. The children whom officers take shopping are those who are less fortunate or those from families who may have experienced a recent disaster, such as a house fire. These are children who may not otherwise have a happy Christmas.

The golf tournament had 13 teams and there were 22 hole sponsors.

“We would like to thank everyone who came out and braved the cold weather this weekend,” said Adams. "It means a great deal to us to have so much support from the community.”

The group has a few more fundraisers coming up beginning in the summer but dates and times will be announced. These events include a fish fry, a BBQ, bake sales, a fall bowling tournament, and a chicken and dumpling dinner in November.  

All of the money raised in these events goes to Shop With a Cop.

“We took 105 kids Christmas shopping last year and we always try to do better each year so we can help more kids,” said Adams.

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Matt McFarland is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616, or at mmcfarland@dailyjournalonline.com.

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