JR Smith makes a couple birdies, struggles to 10-over 81 in college golf debut for North Carolina A&T

JR Smith had a big, bright personality during his 16-year NBA career. Unfortunately for the former sharpshooting guard his scorecard was just as colorful in his college golf debut.

The 35-year-old two-time NBA champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and Los Angeles Lakers in 2020, who has enrolled at North Carolina A&T as a freshman walk-on, shot a 10-over 81 on Monday in the first round of the Elon Phoenix Invitational at Alamance Country Club in Burlington, North Carolina. Smith walked off the course tied for 79th after eight bogeys, two double bogeys, two birdies and six pars.

Elon’s Pedro Rabadan led after the first 18 holes with a 6-under 65.

For those thinking Smith’s time in Greensboro is a publicity stunt or that the former NBA star is taking someone’s place, don’t get it twisted. Smith is a walk on and earned his position not only on the team, but in this week’s lineup. According to the school, “All A&T golfers must qualify for each tournament in practice unless the golfer finishes first or second on the team in the previous tournament,” and Smith qualified for the Phoenix Invitational by one stroke.

While his score was dropped from the Aggies’ team…


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