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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Participants in a golf tournament at Fort Benning are helping children attend the colleges of their dreams. 

It's a tournament with a tradition lasting for decades, and it's played on a course right next to the training fields of Fort Benning. About 100 golfers hit the green Sunday morning to take a shot at winning the trophy, but the real winners are the children.

"Our fraternity, the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, mandates that we do scholarships for our students going off to school. In fact one of our cardinal principals is scholarship," says Robert Anderson, tournament chairman.

Graduating high school seniors will share $14,000. Over the years, Omega Psi Phi has distributed over a quarter million dollars to students for college, and some players grabbed excellent scores while participating in a good cause.

"I got a hole in one today. The very first hole we played, I got a little luck," says Ervin Kemp.

Ervin Kemp is an avid golfer and this wasn't his first hole in one, but it's his first time in a tournament.

Years ago, the Purple and Gold Tournament in Columbus was in a league equivalent to the Masters, and today players still consider it the best game in town.

The championship's winners are Levi Rentz in first place, who shot 148 in total for two days. Dan Kirkland came in second place shooting 149.

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