Crystal Mountain Earns Five Spots on the Top Teachers List

Crystal MountainTHOMPSONVILLE - Crystal Mountain Golf School continues to be recognized as one of the finest in Michigan, the Midwest and the nation as one-third of Golf Digest's list of the Best Teachers in the State of Michigan hail from Crystal Mountain, including three of the top five.

Director of Junior Instruction and Development, Adam Schriber, Director of Golf, Brad Dean and Director of Instruction, Scott Wilson rank second, third and fifth on the list of Michigan's Top Teachers respectively. PGA Professional Ed Laprade was listed tenth and Crystal Mountain Head Professional Mike Cote ranked fifteenth. Golf Digest determines the list by distributing 1,000 ballots to instructors in each state and asking them to rank their peers on a grade-point scale of 1-10. 

The teaching skill of Dean and Schriber could be measured in tournament victories and success on the professional tours this summer. Schriber's longtime student Candie Kung entered Friday's second round of the U.S. Women's Open just two shots back of the lead while another student, Morgan Pressel is coming off a second place finish at the Jamie Farr Classic. Last weekend also saw Anthony Kim finish third in the AT&T National playing in the final group with tournament champion Tiger Woods.

Over the past seven years, three of Brad Dean's students have won the Michigan Amateur Championship. Among those champions is Ryan Brehm who was crowned the Michigan Open Champion as a professional in June after shooting an impressive 20-under-par over 72 holes. The following week, Clark Klaasen, a student of three years with Dean, played as a qualifier in the U.S. Open at Bethpage. Dean has twice been named Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year.

The depth of Crystal Mountain's instructional staff was also recognized this past fall when Golf Magazine rated Crystal Mountain Golf School among the Top 25 in America, one of just three schools in the Midwest to receive the distinction.
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