On paper, little separates the 2012 seasons of Fairfield Union's Jordan Barr and Caleb Herd.
Both were scoring members of a team that set school records for nine-hole (140) and 18-hole (301) courses. Both broke the Falcons record for an individual on a nine-hole course, shooting a 32 on the same day. Both were named members of the first-team Mid-State League team. And now, Barr and Herd have both been named the Eagle-Gazette's 2012 Co-Player of the Year for boys golf.
Having two golfers of that ability on the same team forced both to improve, Barr said.
"We're really good friends, we are also really competitive," he said. "We really push each other and I know we make each other better."
That friendly competition lead to a successful season for Barr, Herd and the Falcons as a team.
In addition to breaking both team scoring records and the nine-hole record, Herd captured the school's 18-hole record in the season's first tournament.
Herd averaged a 39.1 scoring mark for nine-hole courses, while Barr averaged 37.4. Both had averages of more than 41 strokes in 2011, and Falcons coach Greg Kline credited the pair's work ethic as a reason for the improvement.
"They work really hard on their game," Kline said "I enjoy just watching them play. Those two are so competitive that it just feeds down to the rest of the team, that's just the way that they are. They were our top leaders."
That is expected to be the case next year as well, as Barr is a junior and Herd a sophomore. In addition to leading the rest of the Falcons, Barr said he and Herd help each other.
"I'm more of a scrambler; Caleb is just real smooth," Barr said. "I look up to him and I think he looks up to me. I'm older and have kind of taken him under my wing a little bit; we just help each other out. He's one of the best teammates I've had in any sport."
Barr is a three-sport athlete for the Falcons while Herd plays two seasons. Despite their crowded schedules, both plan to work on their game in the offseason.
The team finished the season one shot short of qualifying for the state tournament. If Herd and Barr can lead the 2013 Falcons to the state championships, it will be for the first time in school history.
"Knowing that, we can be the first and be the best that has been through this program," Herd said. "We can't believe how far we've been able to come."
Herd and Barr already have become two of the best golfers in school history. There are no records left at the school that don't have at least one of their names on them, but there remains room for improvement, Kline said.
"To learn how to play the game a little bit better," he said. "As you get better you tend to take chances out on the golf course that maybe you shouldn't. They have to play a little more conservative than they do sometimes and just let the pars and birdies come to them."
Barr said if the two continue to follow their coaches guidance, 2013 will be another special season.
"We'll just keep getting better and better," he said.
"I think we can break some more of our own records. That would be really cool."