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(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) An east wind starched the flag on No. 1 at a deserted Eagle Creek Golf Club Friday in Willmar on what was to be the first day of a 20-team boys meet.

Blown off course

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WILLMAR -- This is what we've come to expect living in Minnesota.

Cold rains that turn to sleet and bitter winds that call for gloves and stocking caps in mid-April.

But the Willmar/Litchfield Boys Golf Invitational has always slogged ahead, like the proverbial mail carrier.

Until this year.

The two-day, 20-team meet was called off on Wednesday, two days before teeing off at the Willmar Golf Club for the first of two days.

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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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