Athlete of the Week: North Golf’s Sydney Brown

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- She’s the Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year: Eau Claire North senior golfer, Sydney Brown, went from a BRC runner up the last two years to the champion in 2018. Brown is our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week. SportScene 13’s Neil Hebert reports.

“Everyone knows it’s me when I’m walking in and they see Bubba Watson,” Brown said with a laugh.

No, you won’t actually see Bubba Watson: you’ll see her Bubba Watson doll cover for her driver. The reason? Brown watched Bubba growing up and was amazed with how far he could hit his driver; Watson has been in the top 5 in driving distance on the PGA Tour consistently for almost 2 decades.

So, you'd think Brown's strong suit would be off the tee. Interestingly enough, she says that's not the case.

“Putting, usually,” Brown said casually of her best golf attribute.

And she used it to take top honors in the highly-contested Big Rivers Conference over her good friend and 2-time BRC Player of the Year, Memorial’s Lexi Meade.

“Scary, just because I was only winning by one point, so it was me and Lexi: whoever wins is player of the year,” Brown said of the conference meet. “I know she’s had that title before, but it’s something that I’ve tried to work towards, but she’s always gotten me by a little bit the last two years.”

Down 2 strokes to Meade with 2 holes to play at the conference meet in Menomonie, Brown needed to at least tie to win POY. She stayed calm and collected, but her head coach can’t relate.

“I wasn’t going to tell her, but my heart was pounding out of my chest,” Sam Erickson, who’s coached Husky golf for over 20 years, said. “It was pretty exciting. That’s what you do it for. That’s the excitement of the moment, and she came through.”

Brown got through regionals earlier Wednesday and will head to sectionals on Monday for a chance to go to the state tournament: something she's strived toward for years.

“I really want to go because the last two years, I’ve been in 3rd place and the top 2 get to go,” Brown said. “My sophomore year, I did a 6-hole playoff and I lost. Last year, I lost by 2 strokes, so I really want to try and get there, but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t. It’s my senior year. I just want to embrace it and have fun.”

A relaxed persona, but a fierce competitor that has her golf game firing on all cylinders at the right time.

“Right now, it’s hard to say because everything is just working together, but you can always improve on the short game stuff because that’s what really saves a lot in the long run,” Brown said.

Brown will try and make a run at the state tournament on Monday in New Richmond at sectionals.