Jacksonville is known as a golf town, and not only is that area home to a number of PGA players, it’s literally the home of the PGA Tour, the headquarters of which are in nearby Ponte Vedra Beach. So it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that some members of the Jaguars organization are pretty good at golf.
For instance, we recently learned of kicker Josh Scobee’s prowess on the links, when he challenged Tiger Woods to a $100,000-a-hole round — and offered to give Tiger 2 strokes a side. But Scobee’s an outright duffer compared to Curtis Dvorak.
Who is Curtis Dvorak, you ask? He’s the guy who parades around as Jaxson de Ville, the Jags’ furry, feline mascot. Turns out that Dvorak is not only a near-scratch golfer in his free time, he’s pretty darn good with the costume on.
On Wednesday, Dvorak, as Jaxson, won a closest-to-the-hole competition at a charity event. An event that included former winners from the PGA and Champions Tours. An event that was held at the island green at TPC Sawgrass.
As you probably know, the island green is one of the most iconic holes in golf. It’s a short hole, almost ridiculously so for PGA players, but it’s impossible to ignore the fact that there’s just so much water, and even the pros get a little nervous.
But although cats aren’t supposed to like water, and, again, despite being in full costume, Dvorak hit a pitching wedge to within four feet, nine inches of the hole. Competitors got two chances, but ol’ Jax didn’t even need that cushion. Here’s his effort on the first try:
That is one cool Cat. Here’s another angle:
Just amazing. Among the folks Dvorak beat, according to the Florida Times-Union, were Len Mattiace, a two-time PGA Tour winner, and Bob Duval, David’s father and a Champions Tour, um, champ in his own right. Other competitors included Scobee, Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles, Coach Gus Bradley and former Jags great Tony Boselli.
From the Times-Union:
“I can’t believe I lost to a guy in a clown suit,” Duval said. …
Dvorak said he’s played at so many charity functions dressed as the Cat that he’s gotten better hitting in the suit. In past 17th Hole Challenges, he said he had to hit two or three clubs more to get to the green.
“Now it’s only about a half-club more,” he said.”
And Dvorak wasn’t done making fools of people who only play golf in shorts and shirts. After his victory, he got on his knees, again in costume, and hit a ball onto the green with a driver.
At this point, we can all agree that the mascot is the most athletically talented member of the Jaguars, right?