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J.R. Smith Set to Play 1st College Golf Tournament for N.C. A&T

The 36-year-old former NBA guard qualified to play in this week's Phoenix Invitational hosted by Elon in North Carolina.
J.R. Smith watches the 2021 Tour Championship in Atlanta.

J.R. Smith watches the 2021 Tour Championship in Atlanta.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Former NBA guard J.R. Smith is set to make his debut as a golfer for North Carolina A&T.

The school announced Smith will play his first collegiate tournament Monday and Tuesday at the Phoenix Invitational hosted by Elon. The tournament will take place at the par-71, 6,867-yard Alamance Country Club golf course.

Smith enrolled at N.C. A&T over the summer after 16 seasons in the NBA and joined the golf team as a freshman walk-on. All team golfers must qualify for each tournament in practice unless he has finished first or second in the previous tournament. Smith qualified for next week’s tournament by one stroke.

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