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Green Bay Packers receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling gets tip from pro Natalie Gulbis before teeing off during Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic Pro-Am Mike Sherry, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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HOBART – Marquez Valdes-Scantling makes his living playing football against guys who are trained to knock his head off every chance they get.

Yet when the second-year receiver for the Green Bay Packers was asked if it was more frightening to go across the middle against a ferocious safety or trying to hit a golf ball with all eyes on him, he didn’t hesitate.

“Standing on the tee trying to hit a golf ball when there’s a beautiful home that you could damage, that’s the most frightening thing,” he said with a laugh.

Valdes-Scantling played in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic Pro-Am on Wednesday at Thornberry Creek at Oneida, joined by LPGA pros Ally McDonald and Natalie Gulbis and three amateur players. Their group finished with a score of 9-under-par 63, nine shots behind the winning score.

“Golf is frustrating,” Valdes-Scantling said. “To be a very talented athlete and, you know, you can’t consistently hit a golf ball, it’s a very humbling sport that you’ve got to be able to take time in.

"So just more credit to the golfers who are out here today who take pride in it and who play really well. They’re passionate about it, because you can’t pick it up and just go play and be good at it. There’s some amazing golfers out here today who just did really well.”

The 24-year-old Valdes-Scantling wasn’t always one of those golfers doing really well Wednesday. He said he hit a few good shots, but mostly struggled while playing with a set of borrowed Titleist golf clubs.

“I definitely had a couple shots that was like, ‘OK, I can still do it.’ I also had some shots like, ‘I need to hang it up,’” he said.

Valdes-Scantling, a fifth-round draft pick by the Packers last year who caught 38 passes for 581 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie, said he played some golf growing up but hadn’t played in about eight years because of the demands of high school and college football and then transitioning into the NFL.

“It’s something that I definitely want to get back into when I get a little bit more free time,” he said. “Probably next offseason pick it up again and get some clubs and learn some lessons and stuff like that.”

Gulbis, who is playing in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic for the first time, said watching elite athletes from other sports struggle to play golf gives her confirmation about how difficult her chosen profession can be. She added that she enjoys learning what makes athletes in other sports excel.

“Just a mutual respect for them,” Gulbis said. “I’m as curious about what his training is like or what’s a typical day or if you have game-day superstitions. It’s a very relatable conversation when you have someone that’s dedicated their whole life to a sport. It makes for a little more extra fun when you get to play with a professional athlete.”

Former Packers running back Dorsey Levens also played in the pro-am. He was paired with pros Sandra Gal and Katherine Kirk, who won the inaugural Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in 2017. That team also shot a 9-under 63.

Contact Mike Sherry at (920) 996-7244 or msherry@postcrescent.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeSherry14.

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