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Former NBA star J.R. Smith to tee off in first golf tourney for N.C. A&T

THE NORTHERN TRUST - Preview Day 3

PARAMUS, NJ - AUGUST 22: NBA star, J.R. Smith, hits his tee shot at the 10th hole prior to THE NORTHERN TRUST at Ridgewood Country Club on August 22, 2018 in Paramus, New Jersey. (Photo by Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR)

US PGA TOUR

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Former NBA guard J.R. Smith is set to make his debut next week 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.

Support poured in from Smith’s friends and former teammates.

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.