AUGUSTA, Ga. – Admittedly focused on how his professional entry, Anthony Kim, was coming along, swing coach Adam Schriber concedes it was tough to juggle his early-week devotions in regards to his amateur, David Chung.
Oh, they worked on the swing and all that, but on the course, Chung seemed unprepared, a bit uptight, and Schriber sensed that he wasn’t getting enough help from a club caddie.
Enter Kim, who unbeknownst to Schriber was paying close attention. Over breakfast Tuesday morning, Kim told Schriber: “If you don’t take his bag, you’re a terrible coach.”
Schriber laughed, but got Kim’s point. What’s more, he appreciated it, too, because “I was afraid that I needed to be around for (Kim).”
Freed of that concern, it was agreed Wedneday night that Chung, the U.S. Amateur runner-up out of Stanford, would hand the caddie duties over to Schriber.
“I’m not a caddie. I told David that,” Schriber said. “But I told him I’d be there to talk to and hear you. Nothing against the (club) caddie, but it was a matter of chemistry.”
It’s hard to argue with the results, because Chung, the U.S. Amateur runner-up, at one point had it to 2 under before he finished bogey-bogey to shoot 72. Still, it was an impressive start – yes, even for the caddie.
“I was like a fish out of water,” Schriber said, “but the guys were were with (Sandy Lyle and Alex Cejka) were really nice.”
Was there any problems with changing roles? Schriber shook his head. “I was a caddie out there. I was a coach before we teed off and I’ll be a coach when we’re done.”
Which actually served to remind him – Schriber had to rush from the 18th green and back onto the course where Kim was a few holes into his first round.
– Jim McCabe
TWO FOR THE TIGERS: It’s tough enough to rack up two wins within the course of a season, but LSU accomplished the feat in just one week.
The 10th-ranked Tigers won both the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate and the LSU National Invitational to capture their third and fourth wins of the 2010-11 season.
The host Tigers faced a two-stroke deficit entering the final round of the LSU Invite, but top-five finishes from Jones Cup winner John Peterson (T-3) and Andrew Loupe (fifth) moved LSU one shot ahead of second-place Chattanooga.
“I don’t think there are two guys you would rather have on your side coming down the stretch than John Peterson and Andrew Loupe,” LSU coach Chuck Winstead said. “Those guys are so mentally tough during the round, which is something they have developed during their four years in our program.”
Playing as individulas, LSU’s Clayton Rotz and Andrew Presley also finished inside the top 10, taking eighth and ninth, respectively.
– D.J. Piehowski
SHORT SHOTS: Missouri remained perfect this spring, winning for the fourth time in four starts. Playing at home, the Tigers won the COG Mizzou Intercollegiate by 22 shots over Eastern Michigan. … Arkansas’ three tournament winning streak was halted with a third-place finish at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. The Razorbacks finished eight shots behind Texas. … Arizona helped its overall head-to-head record with a second-place showing at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic. Finishing three shots behind tournament champ Baylor, the Wildcats now have an overall win-loss-tie record of 76-62-2. … Malone University senior Justin Lower, who won the 2010 NAIA National Championship, appears to be heating up. Last weekend Lower won the Purple and White Invitational – his second consecutive victory.
– Lance Ringler
Note: LSU Athletics contributed