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April 15, 2010

Mike Eckert: Trip proves productive

You can hear it in Adam Schriber's voice. He's exhausted. And for good reason.

It's been a wild three-week road trip for one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 teachers.

It started with the final week in March. Schriber traveled to California to watch Candie Kung and Morgan Pressel play at the LPGA Tour's Kia Classic.

Then he turned his attention to the PGA Tour and longtime student Anthony Kim. Schriber met up with him in Texas for the Shell Houston Open and followed Kim to Augusta National for last weekend's Masters.

And how's this for results?

Kung finished tied for third at the Kia Classic while Pressel was tied for sixth. It was the first top 10 finish of the year for both players.

Kim beat Vaughn Taylor in a playoff at Houston for his third PGA Tour win. And then he followed it up by finishing third at the Masters -- his best finish at a major.

"That was one of my more productive trips," Schriber said. "It was a good trip, but it would have been better if we put the jacket on (Kim)."

Kim's been playing with a torn ligament in his thumb, but hasn't taken time off because he's on top of his game. It's hard to argue that. Nike -- his equipment sponsor -- is working on making a custom golf glove with more support and he's scheduled to see a doctor soon.

Schriber is back home in Traverse City, but his schedule doesn't get any lighter. He's working with a number of golfers from the area and the state, as well as keeping in touch with the collegiate players he teaches.

And there's also an added bit concerning his base of operation.

After several years as a teacher at its golf school, Schriber and Crystal Mountain Resort have parted ways. That's left Schriber to explore other options, such as buying a course to house his golf school.

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