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Updated: 7/27/2014 10:40 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The annual Hole in One golf tournament was held Sunday.

The tournament raises money for the Sisters Network, a group that works with breast cancer survivors.

"You would be surprised by how many people have breast cancer," Tournament Director John Armstrong said. "Not only women, but men, too, have breast cancer. In my family, my mom had breast cancer so its important for me to do whatever I can to help this organization".

Armstrong said every year the fundraiser brings in between 12 to 15 thousand dollars.

Over the years, the tournament has grown, bringing golfers from Louisiana, Tennessee and Alabama.

Justin Flemming is five time participant from Alabama.

He said he loves the game of golf but he also said he keeps coming back for a more personal reason.

"I had an auntie that died at 52 with breast cancer," Flemming said. "She got over it one time, then it came back and ultimately it ended her life. She was a very, very important part of our life I hated to see her go."

The Hole in One golf tournament does more than raise awareness for breast cancer, it is also a place for under privileged kids to learn the game of golf.

Louisiana's Glenn Dixon has took full advantage of the tournament and said bringing his son has been a main staple.

"We came here last year," Dixon said. "I have always loved this tournament. This is my third year here and my son came last year and he enjoyed it a bunch and wanted to get back out here."
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