Former NBA player J.R. Smith makes college golf debut, opens in 83-78


J.R. Smith’s first two rounds as a college golfer are in the books.

The former NBA player turned North Carolina AT&T freshman shot 19 over during Monday’s 36-hole day at the Elon Phoenix Invitational at Alamance Country Club in Burlington, North Carolina. Smith opened in 12-over 83 before carding a second-round 78, and he sits 81st out of 84 players on the leaderboard, 30 shots back of individual leader – and one of Smith’s playing competitor – Pedro Rabadan of Elon.

Smith began his college tournament debut with par on the par-4 fifth hole and made two birdies in the next four holes, including a tap-in after sticking his approach close at the par-4 ninth. However, he also doubled-bogeyed Nos. 6 and 8 before making two more doubles and six bogeys over the course of the round.

His second round was a little cleaner. He notched only a single birdie, at the par-5 sixth, but he also made just one double.

Playing in the five spot in the Aggies’ lineup, Smith did not count toward the team score in either round. North Carolina AT&T shot 18 over as a team and is 11th of 13 teams, 50 shots behind leader and host Elon, entering Tuesday’s final round.

Source : yahoo

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