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Putt-putt tournament to raise money for Edmond-based kids charity



Putt-putt Tournament benefiting The Kids' Place
601 S. Bryant in Edmond
9 a.m., Saturday

Everyone loves to play putt-putt, Natasha Baird thought, so why not find a way to do so for a good cause?

"We wanted to do something that made a huge impact on the community, and we wanted it to be family-oriented and fun for everyone," Baird said. "You can be 7 or 70 years old and still enjoy putt-putt."

She and her husband, Kip, of Edmond's Baird Agency, decided to sponsor a putt-putt tournament that would raise money for a local charity. When it came to finding the right one, they couldn't have found a better fit: The Kids' Place.

It is an Edmond-based support group for children who have recently lost a loved one. The organization was founded by Danny Mize and Charlotte Burrough shortly after the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing.

"I was 6 years old when I lost my brother," Baird said. "The grieving process is such a discombobulated thing when you are that age, and it's difficult to get through alone."

But children can be struck by tragedy at any time, and the organization still provides a free, valuable service to community youth. Baird is thrilled that she is able to support such a cause that is particularly near and dear to her heart.

"It just means the world to us to be able to support this group," she said. "It's just awesome that we are able to do this for them after all they do for others."

The third annual putt-putt tournament begins 9 a.m. Saturday at Putt-A-Round, 601 S. Bryant in Edmond. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the tournament is divided into two brackets: under 12, and 12 and over. Registration is $10 per person. Other activities for kids and adults will be available.

For more information, call 285-5050 or visit "Joshua Boydston

photo Saturday's putt-putt tournament benefits The Kids' Place in Edmond.

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