Longwell, Scobee off the mark in U.S. Open qualifying

Ryan Longwell and Josh Scobee definitely have game — just not enough for the professional golf circuit.

Longwell, the Vikings’ kicker, and Scobee, the Jaguars’ kicker, both failed Monday in their first attempts to qualify for the U.S. Open in sectional tournaments.

Longwell shot an 11-over-par 83 at MetroWest Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., finishing 18 strokes behind the leader. Still, it wasn’t enough to dampen Longwell’s spirits.

“It was a blast and a great experience,” Longwell said in a text message to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I’ll be much better next time just having gone through it.”

Scobee fared a little better up the Florida coast, firing a 9-over 81 at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla. He blamed his short game for his inability to advance.

“If I decided to take up golf for a living, I’d be broke after a month,” Scobee told the Jaguars’ Web site. “Shooting 81, you’re not going to go too far.”

Luckily for Longwell and Scobee, their day jobs pay pretty well.

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