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Barber, Jacobson wowed by 'Bubba Golf' in early years


The nation's hottest and freshest sports property this spring is a young man called Bubba. His father, a Green Beret during Vietnam, nicknamed his little boy after Bubba Smith, the All-America end at Michigan State University in the mid-1960s. The boy's given name is Gerry Lester.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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