Lexi Meade and Sydney Brown are used to seeing each other’s names right next to one another on leaderboards.
As the city’s top two girls high school golfers over the last year, that comes with the territory.
Meade, Eau Claire Memorial’s standout over the last three years, and Brown, Eau Claire North’s medal contender, pushed each other more than any other duo last year. They routinely finished at or near the top of the leaderboard, and are ready to do more of the same this year.
That much was evident at Tuesday’s meet at Mill Run Golf Course.
Meade was on top of her game, crushing the rest of the field by carding an 18-hole score of 69 to grab medalist honors. Brown claimed second place, 10 strokes back at 79.
It was par for the course — or in this case, below par — for Meade, and Brown was generally alright with her own performance.
“It could have been better,” Brown said. “My tee shots were a little wayward, but I putted well for a lot of saves. It turned out fine in the end.”
Tuesday’s showing continued the norm for the two. They finished in the same positions at regionals last year, and Meade took first at sectionals with Brown five spots behind in sixth place.
Now that they’re both seniors, this will be the final year that the two compete against each other representing their high schools. They’ve been seeing each other out on the course since before they were teens.
“We really know each other through golf, but it definitely goes back further than that just because we have been golfing together for such a long time,” said Meade, who will golf at Drake University next year.
Meade has reached the state tournament in all three years of her career thus far, with her best individual finish being tied for 11th as a sophomore. She took 16th in Division 1 last season. She was a second-team all-state selection by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin last year in addition to being BRC player of the year.
“It’s definitely been cool just to see how much more comfortable I get. And of course I’ve been playing different tournaments all summer, and I just have a lot more experience now so I do really just come out and have fun,” Meade said.
Brown is seeking her first trip to state after missing out by the narrowest of margins in the past. As a sophomore, she lost a playoff to Wisconsin Rapids’s Cierra Boettcher at sectionals for the final state tournament berth given out at the sectional that year. She missed advancing to state by three strokes last fall, but was an honorable mention all-state selection.
“State is a goal for me, but if it doesn’t happen it’s not the end of the world. It’s just always the end of the season goal,” Brown said.
Meade and Brown know each other outside of the high school game too. They both have competed on the Chippewa Valley Golf Association circuit in the past, and have even gotten to know one another when they’re out practicing on their own.
That past history has made them pretty comfortable playing in the same group during the high school season.
“It’s just nice to have conversation to help keep you calm, because otherwise it can get intense,” Brown said.