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Golfers Swing For Charity

Players swing to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research. State Farm organizes the tournament and and over the last nine years has raised more than $300,000 Teri Eaton is the tournament chairperson.  She says "92-cents of every dollar that we collect here on this tournament goes to Cystic Fibrosis research and stays here in Mississippi. We felt that was critical because often people have the perception that that might not always be the case."

 It sure doesn't hurt either when you have a well known celebrity like Archie Manning lending his name to the tournament. But Manning humbly says people don't play in charity tournaments to rub shoulders with a celebrity. "They come because it's a great cause and they get their buddies and their company and they come out and play," Manning says.

 About a hundred golfers are playing in the Homebuilder's Association tournament too, to raise money for various charities. The Sunkist course is booked for the weekend, not only for that tournament but also for one Saturday to benefit Help Line. It too bears another well known name:. ESPN Anchor Robin Roberts. Organizers say a well established tournament can raise thousands of dollars. Tournament Chairperson Tim Wold says, "It just takes time to develop. Ours is nine years now and it's kinda automatic, we have a lot of the same people come out and I think the more the longevity of the tournament, it gets in nine, ten, eleven, twelve years, it's a lot easier to put on and I think the public comes out and supports it."

 Golfers say it's a mix of supporting the cause and having fun too.

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