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Stephen Curry trying to win California amateur golf tournament, could have played pro baseball according to college coach

Adam Silver, Stephen Curry

NBA commissioner Adam Silver, left, presents the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award to Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry before Game 2 in a second-round NBA playoff basketball series between the Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


Stephen Curry’s MVP press conference featured Warriors general manager Bob Myers and Golden State coach Steve Kerr just gushing about about the star guard.

But not all of the praise was about basketball. Most of it focused on how great of a person Curry is.

As the press conference continued, I wondered, is there anything Curry isn’t good at?

The answer might be no.

Ron Kroichick of SFGate:

Curry signed up for the June 1 qualifier, at Merced Golf & Country Club in Merced, for this year’s California State Amateur. That’s the latest qualifying date offered by the Northern California Golf Association, which probably explains his choice.

The state amateur, one of the oldest amateur tournaments in the country, is scheduled for June 22-27 at Lake Merced in Daly City. It’s possible Curry could land a special exemption into the field, but it’s unclear if that’s something the California Golf Association would consider.

Curry’s eligibility for the tournament also stands in some doubt. He played in the American Century Championship as an amateur in 2013, but the 2014 results show him receiving $9,504 in prize money. It typically takes golfers a year to regain their amateur status after they apply for reinstatement.

Curry is a skilled golfer — he carries a 0.1 handicap index playing out of California Golf Club in South San Francisco. His posted scores over the past 10 months range from 67 to 87.

Davidson basketball coach Bob McKillop, via CSN Bay Area:
“I first met Steph when he was 10 years old and he was a tremendous baseball player,” McKillop told KNBR 680-AM on Tuesday morning.“Believe me. He could be in the majors. He played center field and shortstop. You could see him gracing the outfield, you could see his range on the infield. He could do either.”

I’m guessing the Warriors will still be playing June 1, but maybe it’ll be an off day. They could even still be playing June 22, which would created another big problem. Curry might have to wait until the Warriors have a down year to go for the amateur golf title.

But baseball? Danny Ainge, Dave DeBusschere and Sweetwater Clifton played both basketball and baseball professionally. Is it too late for Curry? I’d love to see him try to become a two-sport athlete, even if he had to start in the minors.

Let’s just hope he doesn’t pull a Michael Jordan and leave the NBA for baseball.