Former NBA player J.R. Smith has officially started his collegiate journey into the world of golf. Smith made his debut for the North Carolina A&T men’s golf team.
According to The Athletic, he shot 83-78 after Day 1 of the competition of the Elon Phoenix Tournament, which took place in Burlington, North Carolina.
He beat a pair of La Salle golfers and his team currently sits in 11th place out of 13. “He has a good enough golf game to put up some good numbers,” said A&T men’s golf coach Richard Watkins. “But this is what I tell people. If you want to find out how good a golfer really is, put the word tournament or money in front of the round.”
On Monday, LeBron James took to Twitter to show his support to his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate. “HOW AMAZING IS THIS MAN!!!” he tweeted, alongside a video of Smith golfing. “DAMN I'M BEYOND PROUD OF MY BROTHER!” Back in August, the 16-year NBA veteran became a freshman walk-on for the men’s golf team.