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 pollster says most Americans would support deal including wall funding, DACA plan Ocasio-Cortez sparks debate with talk of 70 percent marginal rate Dems look to chip away at Trump tax reform law 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 GowdyCongress must take the next steps on federal criminal justice reforms Lynch testimony marks final interview of GOP-led probe Comey defends FBI actions on Flynn in House interview MORE [R-S.C.] and [Office of Management and Budget Director] Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Trump teases 'major announcement' Saturday on shutdown | Fight with Dems intensifies | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking trip to Afghanistan | Mnuchin refuses to testify on shutdown impacts The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions 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 RooneyThe Year Ahead: Tech braces for new scrutiny from Washington GOP struggles to win votes for Trump’s B wall demand The Year Ahead: Pressure mounts on election security as 2020 approaches MORE (R-Fla.) led the GOP squad.

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“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.”