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Rick Freiburg watches his drive on No. 17, which he parred, while Andy Jacobson, the defending Lakeland champion, birdied to tie the match on the 53rd hole. But the 51-year-old old sales manager from Monticello would defeat Jacobson on the second playoff hole.

Golf: Freiburg blazes trail at Lakeland

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WILLMAR -- This was Rick Freiburg's weekend.

Leading the 82nd Lakeland Tournament from the start, the 51-year-old Monticello native didn't crumble when 4-time champion Andy Jacobson pulled into a late tie and forced a playoff on the near 90-degree afternoon.

Instead, it was Jacobson who proved vulnerable in a playoff.

Freiburg won his first Lakeland with a par on No. 11, a short par 4.

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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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