Ryan Sparks
Curry Coastal Pilot

Over 70 golfers and 100 hungry people turned out for the second annual Pennies for Pooches fundraising golf tournament held at Salmon Run golf course in Brookings on Saturday, double the amount of attendees for last year's fundraiser.

The event, which also featured a dinner catered by Art Alley Grille and a silent auction, was held to benefit the Curry County Animal Shelter.

"The shelter doesn't get any money from government agencies or grants; all the income is donations and proceeds from dog license fees. So a fundraiser like this is huge," said Curry County Animal Shelter board member and tournament director Bob Ostrowski.

Some of the proceeds from this event will go towards a plan to move the cat shelter to the same location as the dog shelter, making it easier for members of the community to adopt a pet from one central location, Ostrowski said.

Ostrowski also explained that the proceeds will help cover additional expenses the shelter deals with on a daily basis.

"The biggest cost we have is vet expenses. A lot of the dogs that come to us are not in good shape. They've been abandoned or abused by their owners. We pick up that cost," he said.

The grouping of Keith Dillon, Greg Dillon, Jim Barnes and Brent Hodges won the tournament by five strokes in shooting a 12-under-par 276 net score, earning them each a $30 gift card at the pro shop.

Mike Humphreys won the men's closest to pin contest while Jessica Young won on the women's side; each nabbing a $25 gift card.

The long distance title went to Jim Barnes in the men's competition and Debbie Petrie for the women, each also winning a $25 gift card for the pro shop.

The true winner of the event was the animal shelter. According to the shelter's executive director Mark Curran, over 70-percent of the stray dogs that the shelter receives are from the Brookings area, so it was a natural choice to have the tournament at Salmon Run. Curran also added that nearly all of the 89 items donated for the silent auction were provided by Brookings residents and businesses.

Though no final tally is in at this time, Curran is pleased with the preliminary results.

"We are still getting money coming in and looking at the amount of people at the dinner - it's more than we thought we'd get," he said. "The feedback was very positive and we are very happy."