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Celebrity Classic Hits Home

It might have seemed good enough that Kenny Easley brought his corps of celebrities to The Creek at Qualchan for a charity golf outing.

But now, he’s going to bring them into your living room.

The third annual Kenny Easley Celebrity Golf Classic (June 9-10) features a format that will make it even easier to purchase celebrity sports memorabilia - and help The Wishing Star Foundation and the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth and Family Outreach Center at the same time.

A special televised auction will be broadcast June 8 between 7 and 10 p.m. on Cox Cable channel 25 in Spokane and Cablevision channel 13 in Coeur d’Alene, allowing fans to bid on items from home.

In the first two Easley outings, more than $46,000 was raised for charity.

Some of the same big names are returning this year to Qualchan for the outing.

The field is expected to include Easley, James Worthy, Ken Griffey Sr., Napoleon Kaufman, Dick Butkus (scheduled but not yet confirmed), George Atkinson, Hugh Green, Jacob Green, Mike Hardin, John Harris, Dwight Hicks, Walt Hazzard, Julio Cruz, Kermit Alexander, John Ashton, Michael Beck, Dan Chambers, Joe Gallison, David Leisure, Stack Pierce, Michael Storm and Sam Vincent.

Openings remain for the two-day event, at a cost of $475. Call Ellen McNair at 624-8633 for further information. Deadline is June 5.

The event begins at 9 a.m. June 9 with a seven-hole celebrity shootout, which will be followed by a shotgun start at 1:30 that afternoon.

Saturday’s final round begins at 8 a.m. Celebrities will be available for autographs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Admission to the course is free, as are autographs.

Lilac blooming

Only a couple weeks ago, John Durgan seemed ready to put an interlocking grip on his own throat.

The Lilac Invitational golf tournament, heading into its 36th renewal, appeared to be struggling.

The Durgan family had been a part of the Lilac from the beginning, but steady sponsorship had become a problem.

“It looks great right now; I couldn’t have said that a while ago,” Durgan said.

The reason? Washington Trust Bank kicked in enough dough Tuesday to serve as title sponsor, and golfer/businessman Mike Booth, from the Bay Area, called with a pledge to kick in $5,000.

“We’ve worked really hard at sponsorships and to try to increase the purse, and we should reach our goal of this being a $50,000 event,” Durgan said. “Last year we paid $5,000 to the winner, and we hope to raise that to $7,500 this year.”

The Lilac, a 72-hole event, will conduct all four rounds at The Fairways this year.

New course opens

Nine holes at the new Deer Meadows Golf and Country Club on Lake Roosevelt are open for play.

Look for the back nine to open next year on the course some 60 miles west of Spokane between Seven Bays and Fort Spokane.

Fees are $9 for nine holes and $12 to go around twice.


Qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Public Links championship will be June 30 at Hangman Valley.

Entries for the 36-hole qualifier must be received by June 7. Call Phil Anderson (926-4241) for further information.

Openings remain for the sixth annual ABC Scramble benefiting Spokane Youth Sports and Children’s Miracle Network - June 17 at MeadowWood.

The tournament format calls for a five-person scramble with more than $10,000 in prizes. Cost is $50 per person. Call 922-4600 to enter.

The Post Falls Area Open is set for July 21 at The Highlands. Cost is $55 per player. Call Nancy at (208) 773-4080 or Jim at (208) 773-0504.

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