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The 'average Joe' was Durgan's Lilac vision

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Lilac City Invitational founder Joe Durgan was a very good golfer, but his idea for the tournament was to be an opportunity for the average golfer to play.

All that John Durgan, son of Lilac City Invitational Tournament founder Joe Durgan recalls of the 1960 event won by Bob Duden, is "I was 8 years old."

Pat Keegan was Durgan's high school classmate and fellow golf team member at Gonzaga Prep in the late 1960s and 1970s. His teenage recollections are more vivid.

"Where were you when we landed on the moon?" Keegan has been asked. At 16, he was a caddy at the Lilac, founded and then held at Spokane's Downriver Golf Course. "I came in at the nine, looked (at the television) and thought, 'Oh my gosh, we landed on the moon.'"

But in 1970, Keegan e...

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