JR Smith makes college golf debut
After making the staff, the 36-year-old made his debut on the Elon Phoenix Invitational at Alamance Nation Membership.
And Smith bought off to a reasonably stable begin, making two birdies within the first 5 holes. He remained in the midst of the leaderboard via the entrance 9 at one over par.
Nevertheless, on the house stretch, issues took a flip for the more severe as he made six consecutive bogeys after which a double bogey on his seventeenth gap earlier than ending with one other bogey to shoot a 10-over 81.
In his second spherical of the day, it adopted an identical sample: a very good begin with a troublesome end.
He completed with a 7-over 78 to maneuver up a couple of spots within the leaderboard.
Though he is had expertise of enjoying in a few of basketball’s greatest moments in entrance of tens of millions of individuals, Smith admitted he was nervous earlier than teeing off.
Regardless of Smith’s up-and-down rounds, former teammate and NBA famous person LeBron James expressed his admiration for the debutant golfer. In a tweet, James wrote, “HOW AMAZING IS THIS MAN!!! DAMN IM BEYOND PROUD OF MY BROTHER!”
Smith skipped going to varsity and went straight from highschool to the NBA in 2004 however stated he started fascinated with going to varsity throughout a visit to the Dominican Republic with Corridor of Famer Ray Allen.
He’s primarily pursuing a level in liberal research — his lessons began on August 18 — however he’s now enjoying golf for one of many nation’s high traditionally Black schools and universities (HBCUs).
The 6-foot-6 capturing guard performed professionally for a bunch of NBA groups, successful NBA titles with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and Los Angeles Lakers in 2020.