Here’s some quick golf coverage exercises

The exercise involving the quad meet can introduce students about team results at the high school level while the dual match can teach students how tiebreakers work. Typically, teams rely on their top four scores among seven players for the final tally. In ties, the best fifth score is used. In this case, the 47 for Mt. Zion is one stroke better than the two 48s for Charleston. Both exercises can be used to teach Associated Press Style usage for golf, along with scoring and developing leads.

You might also want to instruct students on the major differences between high school and college/professional coverage, where stats, play by play, rosters and, often, quotes are supplied. Preps are where most sports journalists learn how to report. Students who cover only college sports on campus are putting themselves at a disadvantage.

Local coverage almost always gets highlighted in coverage, whether one is covering Ohio State or Mattoon High School, which means scores for a local team typically trump better scores from teams outside your readership area. Still, the names of opposing players are frequently cited. But that can be more difficult to find at the local level, where rosters are not always posted online and where players are not regularly reported upon. That happened here in the tiebreaker story because the fifth-place score was posted by a new player who had not regularly scored among the team’s best players. I eventually tracked him down by reading several news stories and posts.

Was the name necessary? No. But getting specific details matters, perhaps more especially to a stubborn journalist who doesn’t want to be stymied.

Here is a link to the boys golf tiebreaker story and to the girls quad golf story.

FYI: You might want to create a roster for the home team, Charleston, based upon the stories.

Here are the screen shots with results.

Tiebreaker

Quad meet

The Field Guide To Covering Sports includes chapters on ways to prepare, observe, interview and write about 20 sports, such as golf.