Josh Scobee will not be quitting his career in professional football this year to pursue a career in golf.
"If I decided to take up golf for a living, I'd be broke after a month. Shooting 81, you're not going to go too far," Scobee said after failing to qualify for sectional play in his quest to qualify to play in the U.S. Open.
Scobee turned in nine-hole scores of 40 and 41 in Monday's local qualifier at Timuquana Country Club. It was Scobee's first foray into the world of stroke-play tournament golf and he finished in the middle of the pack. The top five golfers and two alternates qualify for the 36-hole sectionals.
"It was fun. It's a whole lot different atmosphere than I'm used to on the golf course. The tournaments I play in are scrambles and everybody is out for fun," the veteran Jaguars placekicker said.
The highlight of his round was a birdie-four at the par-five 12th hole. The lowlights were two double bogeys.
"Chipping poorly; that's what I did really bad. I hit a lot of fairways but my approach shots weren't really good and when I missed greens my chipping was bad," Scobee said. "After the turn, I knew I was pretty much out of it. I just wanted to have a good time and try to make a good swing on each shot. Eighty-one isn't the score I was looking for but it could've been worse if I hadn't made a few putts."
Golfers were required to carry a USGA handicap of 2.0 or better to participate in the local qualifier. Scobee carries a handicap of 0.4. San Jose Country Club assistant pro Cole Stiles played in Scobee's threesome and friend "Rem" Remington caddied.
"There was a guy out there with my jersey on. My wife and her parents watched. Quentin Groves came out to watch. I made a couple of putts and got a couple of claps," Scobee said of his gallery. "I'll try it again. I'll have a little bit of experience to draw on."
What's more difficult, playing in a U.S. Open qualifier or lining up a potential game-winning field goal?
"The difference between those two is I have a lot more experience lining up a game-winning field goal. The difference is experience. The more experience you get the more comfortable you'll be and the better you'll play," Scobee said.