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JR Smith fires 83 in first college golf tournament for North Carolina A&T

JR Smith, North Carolina A&T golf

Two-time NBA champion JR Smith is now a college golfer, and he teed it up for North Carolina A&T in a tournament for the first time on Monday. It was quite the roller-coaster ride for Smith, who fired an 83 in his opening round at the Elon Phoenix Invitational in North Carolina.

While his 83 (+12) certainly wasn’t good, it’s still cool to see him out there:

JR Smith actually got off to a pretty solid start with two birdies on the front nine, but the wheels came off as he went on. He wound up with six bogeys, four double bogeys, two birdies and six pars. His score was dropped from the Aggies’ team total because only the top four scores from the team count.

Smith qualified for this tournament by one stroke after walking on at North Carolina A&T. He has been live tweeting his college experience, which has been really fun to watch. Even if he doesn’t wind up having a great college golf career, the fact that he’s qualifying for tournaments like this is awesome.

JR Smith is currently playing in the second round of the tournament on Monday.

Editor’s note: This story initially said JR Smith shot an 81 (+10), but after a correction it was actually an 83 (+12).