With support from the golfing and area community, PAWS Animal Adoption Center certainly had the drop on fundraising at Goose River Golf Club Aug. 13.

A bucket full of 1,000 numbered golf balls was dropped from the top of a lift, with raffle ticket winners, Jesse Bifulco and Jennifer Rich, the first and second place winners. The winners were the two ticket holders whose golf balls rolled closest to designated flag number 11 planted in the grass downhill of the drop. Sheer luck, and the good will and common sense in buying raffle tickets, were a winning combination.

Tickets were $10 for each of the thousand numbered golf falls sold. First prize was $1,000 and second prize, $500. The net proceeds go to PAWS, located in Camden, which provides care for homeless dogs and cats until they can be placed in permanent homes.

Peter Berke, of North Atlantic Painting, volunteered to tip the heavy tote filled golf balls off his lift, following an amplified countdown. After the golf balls settled, it did not take long to determine which two were closest.

Funds were also raised at the Fore Paws tournament at Goose River, where four golfers compete in a shotgun-style 18-hole game, complete with a hole-in-one contest. During the tournament, golfers were allowed to purchase extra mulligans and the one-time use string to move their golf balls closer to the hole. That contest could land one lucky player a brand new car, courtesy of Fuller Chevy/GMC.

Golfers will have another chance to play for PAWS at the PAWS Fall Classic Golf Tournament held Oct. 16 at the Northport Golf Club.

For more information, visit pawsadoption.org/pawsgolf or email events@pawsadoption.org.