After winning the school's second National Championship in the past four years, the men's golf team has enjoyed a week filled with media coverage. Goptrels.com examines the television, print and radio coverage that began building after the Stormy Petrels jumped out to the round one lead and never looked back.
Just as soon as Oglethorpe put the finishing touches on the low round of the day to start the 2012 Championships, the media binge began. NCAA.com reporter Roger Moore was on hand to chronicle the Petrels' tournament success and here's the recap of Oglethorpe jumping out front. In addition to the team being on top of the leader board, freshman Anthony Maccaglia held the individual lead, prompting Moore to pen this piece about the precocial young Petrel.
The Petrels expanded their lead on day two of the Championships and suddenly had the full attention of all the reporters on site. Here's the recap of the Petrels pushing their lead forward and here's the reaction as Moore dug deeper into Oglethorpe's quest for a second title.
Day three saw more of post-round media deluge, this time, however, even the writers at NCAA.com were starting to concede the title to Oglethorpe with a subhead that read "Far from first, Methodist, Transylvania playing for second place." Maccaglia, too, was still getting front page treatment from Moore, who followed in the freshman's footsteps throughout the week.
When Friday's final round finally came around, the Petrels were poised for the impending celebration, and so too were the reporters at NCAA.com. Here's the recap of Oglethorpe capturing Championship glory for the second time in four years, and here's Moore's final take on the week that Maccaglia, tournament medalist, will not soon forget.
With another Championship trophy en route back to Atlanta, the media crush had only just begun. For starters, all Stormy Petrel fans have appointment television viewing on the horizon that they should set their DVR's for in the coming weeks. CBS Sports, who was on hand in Florida tracking Oglethorpe's every move, will be airing their NCAA Spring Championships Show twice, and the Stormy Petrels will be featured. The nationally broadcasted program will run for the first time on CBS on Sunday, June 17 at 4 p.m. An encore presentation will be aired on the same national channel on Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m. Get the popcorn ready and don't miss out!
In addition to the upcoming television show featuring Oglethorpe, the Stormy Petrels' success has been chronicled in two national magazines currently available at newstands. Golfweek, with a circulation of 200,000, included this coverage of the Stormy Petrels in their most recent issue featuring PGA star Jason Dufner on the cover. Golf World Magazine, with a circulation over 300,000, ran this coverage of Oglethorpe on page 17 of their current issue which features LPGA star Morgan Pressel on the cover.
Not to be outdone, NPR's local radio affiliate in Atlanta WABE 90.1 FM requested time with Coach Owen to reflect on how the team accomplished such lofty goals. To hear Owen's interview with Rose Scott and see the coverage on PBA's homepage, go here.
Last but not least, Oglethorpe's wire-to-wire run to the 2012 Championship was covered in scores of newspapers across the country. Included below is a sampling of all the papers who reported on the Petrels' success.
The Atlanta Journal, the Orlando Sentinel, The Lexington Herald-Leader, the Greensboro News and Record, The Bend Oregon Bulletin, the Montgomery Advertiser, the Pennsylvania Daily Times, the Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun and the Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph, just to name a few.
Go Stormy Petrels! You certainly earned your days in the sun!