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Aaron Barber strikes the ball off the tee down the stretch on the Eagle Creek Golf Club back 9 of the Lakeland Tournament on Sunday. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Barber wins Lakeland in close shave


WILLMAR -- Former touring pro Aaron Barber brought out the best in most everyone at the 80th Lakeland -- including himself.

The New London native fired a nine-under 207 for 54 holes to win by two strokes on Sunday at Eagle Creek. Three-time champion Andy Jacobson, Chase Thonvold and Rick Frieburg all finished at 209.

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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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