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Close, but…

— by on May 25th, 2009

Remember Max Adler? The 2004 Washington and Lee alumnus was the subject of a blog item way back in March when he announced that he was launching a bid to earn a spot next month’s U.S. Open golf championships at Bethpage Black in New York. Max, a former member of the W&L golf team, is currently a writer for Golf Digest and Golf World. So he has been writing an on-line diary about his quest. Last Saturday, in his tenth diary entry, Max was looking back with regret over a few missed putts that might have cost him a chance to realize his goal. As he explains, he’s still in the hunt for a qualifying spot, but only barely. By virtue of shooting a 70 and then winning a three-way playoff at the Misquamicut (R.I.) Local Qualifier, Max is now the second alternate. That means he could still make it if two people who finished ahead of him don’t show up on June 8 at the Sectional Qualifier at Purchase, NY. Max’s own assessment of that possibility: “fat chance.” But, you never know. You can read all of Max’s entries, including his account of his session with nationally regarded sports psychologist Bob Rotella, at the Golf Digest site.