After being selected to the team, the 36-year-old made his debut at the Elon Phoenix Invitational at Alamance Country Club.
Smith had a solid start, catching two birdies in the first five holes. He passed the first nine holes to stay in the middle of the leaderboard with an above-par score.
However, in the home run, the situation got worse. He swallowed six consecutive bogeys, then a double bogey on the 17th hole, and finally another bogey, hitting 81 and 10.
In his second round of the day, it followed a similar pattern: a good start, a difficult end.
He ended his position on the leaderboard with a score of 7 and 78.
Despite his experience playing in front of millions of people, Smith admitted that he was nervous before kick-off.
Despite the ups and downs of Smith’s round, former teammate and NBA superstar LeBron James expressed his admiration for the rookie golfer. In a tweet, James wrote: “How amazing is this man!!! Damn I am proud of my brother!”
Smith skipped college in 2004 and entered the NBA directly from high school, but he said he started thinking about college during a trip to the Dominican Republic with Hall of Famer Ray Allen.
He is mainly studying for a liberal arts degree-his course began on August 18-but he is now playing golf for one of the top black colleges and universities (HBCU) in American history.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard has played for many NBA teams. In 2016, he won the NBA championship for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the 2020 Los Angeles Lakers.
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