Republicans top Dems at charity golf game

Republican lawmakers gained bragging rights over their Democratic colleagues on Monday with a decisive victory at the 17th annual First Tee Congressional Challenge.

House Republicans captured the charity golf event's Joe Louis Barrow Jr. Trophy for the seventh year in the row. They now have the longest winning streak in the history of the event.

Seventeen members of the House — eight Republicans and nine Democrats — participated in the tournament, held at the Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md.

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The event raised more than $100,000 for The First Tee, a charity that supports youth golf players around the world.

“The First Tee Congressional Challenge is a pretty special event,” said Keith Dawkins, The First Tee’s CEO.

Dawkins praised the lawmakers who came out "for the purpose of positively impacting kids."

"It’s a bunch of people who are passionate about the sport of golf. It’s also a bunch of people who have their own political differences, but rally around the idea of positively impacting the next generation of kids. They’ve raised $2 million over the last 17 years from this event specifically.”

“This is one of those opportunities we have to establish relationships across the aisle,” said Rep. John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthGOP, White House struggle to unite behind COVID-19 relief House seeks ways to honor John Lewis Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push MORE (D-Ky.). “It’s resulted in a lot of friendships that have lasted.

"They really haven’t paid off in any compromises in legislation, but it changes the tone a little bit," he added. "I’ve become good friends with [Rep.] Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdySunday shows preview: Election integrity dominates as Nov. 3 nears Tim Scott invokes Breonna Taylor, George Floyd in Trump convention speech Sunday shows preview: Republicans gear up for national convention, USPS debate continues in Washington MORE [R-S.C.] and [Office of Management and Budget Director] Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyMick Mulvaney to start hedge fund Fauci says positive White House task force reports don't always match what he hears on the ground Bottom line MORE because of this event.”

Yarmuth, who sits on the board of The First Tee’s Louisville chapter, has played in the tournament for 11 years.

“The other forces that are out there drive us apart more than these bring us together. Still, it changes the tone. At some point, relationships we establish might pay off in terms of a better sense of commonality in policymaking,” Yarmuth said

Yarmuth captained the Democratic team. Rep. Tom RooneyThomas (Tom) Joseph RooneyHouse Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report Hill-HarrisX poll: 76 percent oppose Trump pardoning former campaign aides Dems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons MORE (R-Fla.) led the GOP squad.

Also on the winning GOP team were Reps. Duncan HunterDuncan HunterDCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to 'Red to Blue' program Wife of former Rep. Duncan Hunter sentenced to 8 months of home confinement Harris endorses Democrat in tight California House race MORE (Calif.), Rick AllenRichard (Rick) Wayne AllenLawmaker-linked businesses received PPP loans Child care advocates press Congress to help families cope with costs Oregon quits federal family planning program over new abortion restrictions MORE (Ga.), Steve Knight (Calif.), John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeOvernight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks MORE (Texas), Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloTrump struggles to stay on script, frustrating GOP again Bottom line Former GOP Rep. Costello launches lobbying shop MORE (Pa.), Luke MesserAllen (Luke) Lucas MesserK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Yoder, Messer land on K Street House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office MORE (Ind.) and Claudia Tenney (N.Y.).

On the Dem side, Yarmuth was joined by Reps. Albio SiresAlbio B. SiresWe can't lose sight of Ortega's abuses in Nicaragua Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell wins Democratic primary MORE (N.J.), Joe CourtneyJoseph (Joe) D. CourtneyConnecticut Republican drops out of congressional race on primary day after arrest Navy recommends reinstating Crozier as captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt: report Overnight Defense: Aircraft carrier captain removed from duty after pleading for help with outbreak | Trump to expand use of defense law to build ventilators | Hospital ships receiving few patients MORE (Conn.), Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnAzar to testify before House coronavirus subcommittee Attacks against the police are organized and violent Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race MORE (S.C.), Dan KildeeDaniel (Dan) Timothy KildeeLawmakers fear voter backlash over failure to reach COVID-19 relief deal Democrats set to hold out for big police reform More than 100 Democrats press Trump to extend jobless benefits MORE (Mich.), Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondRep. Cedric Richmond set to join House Ways and Means Committee Biden campaign ratchets up courting of Black voters, specifically Black men Buttigieg, former officials added to Biden's transition team MORE (La.), Stephen LynchStephen Francis LynchOvernight Defense: Dems divided on length of stopgap spending measure | Afghan envoy agrees to testify before House panel | Trump leans into foreign policy in campaign's final stretch Afghan envoy agrees to testify before House panel after subpoena threat Overnight Defense: Trump's battle with Pentagon poses risks in November | Lawmakers launch Fort Hood probe | Military members can't opt out of tax deferral MORE (Mass.), Earl Perlmutter (D-Colo.) and Jim CooperJim CooperHouse Democrat to DeJoy: 'Is your backup plan to be pardoned like Roger Stone?' House Democrats call on State Department for information on Uighur prisoner Ekpar Asat Pelosi weighing bringing House back from August recess early over USPS issues: reports MORE (Tenn.).

“We’re really appreciative of all of our congressional leaders taking the time out,” said Dawkins, who was a top executive at Nickelodeon prior to joining The First Tee last year. “I think they do it because people prioritize things that are important to them. Kids, and the next generation of our future leaders, are important and something that both sides of the House can rally around.”

Former President George W. Bush serves as the honorary chairman of The First Tee. Bush took over for his father, former President George H. W. Bush.

“To be able to support The First Tee is very meaningful to me,” said Yarmuth. “I’ve been playing golf for 60 years, so to use golf to change lives is also pretty important.”