COPPERAS COVE — Dedicated supporters took to the Hills of Cove Golf Course Saturday for some competitive fun and fundraising during the Copperas Cove Exchange Club’s 15th annual charity golf tournament.

The Exchange Club’s major fundraiser for the year, the tournament helps bring in donations for various charitable missions, said event chair Mark Peterson.

Thirty-four golfers, members and non-members, competed in the tournament, which raised nearly $8,000 from a long list of sponsors.

“Without their support, we would not be able to do our mission, and right now our biggest one is the prevention of child abuse,” Peterson said. “Child abuse is very high in this area so we are trying to knock that percentage down because it’s something we don’t want to be known for.”

Local businesses, including Starbucks and Top Donuts, donated food for the event.

Donations were collected through raffles and door prizes.

Golfer Eddie Wilson said he enjoyed the competition but was more focused on what the day was all about.

“It’s an opportunity to come out here in the fresh air and play golf with friends but it’s all going to a good cause,” he said.

“Anytime you have an opportunity to give back, you need to take advantage of it.”

David Wang, representative for Dixon Golf, an eco-friendly golf ball distributor, was on hand to donate prizes to winners.

Wang described the event as “a great cause.”

“When Mark told me about the child abuse prevention center, I obviously wanted to help out,” he said.

“When I see guys like this come out to support their charity it makes me feel good about doing what I do.”

Event co-chair Marty Smith, an advocate for child abuse prevention, said above all, the exchange club is a civic organization so any money collected gets put right back into the community.

“It helps the whole community and ours in particular, which is probably the most volunteering one in Cove,” she said.

“We work really well together, and the camaraderie is what’s so wonderful. We have a really good time, too.”

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