Jump to content

J.R. Smith - NBA Player turned College Golfer


Hobert
 Share

Recommended Posts

For some reason, I find J.R. Smith's foray into college golf, just up the road from me in Greensboro, NC, to be quite interesting and fun. I love that a former long-time NBA player, who played on the biggest stages over his career, admitted to being nervous before his rounds.  I also enjoy that while he could simply play for fun, he chose to try to compete at the college level at the age of 36. 

https://www.si.com/golf/news/j-r-smith-made-his-college-golf-debut-and-it-was-pretty-fascinating

  • Like 3

:callaway-small: Big Bertha (2014)

:callaway-small: X-20s 4-SW (missing 9 iron 😬)

:Sub70: 939X 4H

:cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0 (56 degrees)

:EVNROLL: ER8v with Fujikura MC shaft (firm) / :odyssey-small: White Hot #4

:taylormade-small: V Steel 3 & 5 woods

:nike-small: Miami Hurricane Stand Bag

:callaway-small: Supersoft 

*Gaming these until I have enough consistency to get fitted.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm not opposed to him playing, but I feel like there is some young potential player that is losing out so this guy can stay in the limelight.  

Sun Mountain C130-S / Titleist TSi4 7.25* MCA Tensei AV Raw White 75 X / Titleist TSi3 14.25* PX HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 80 TX / New Level NLU-01 18* PX HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 100 6.5 / New Level 902 Forged 4-PW DG TI X100 / Vokey SM8 50,54,58 DGS200 / Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2

Humble, TX / Right Handed / 10 Handicap / 37.5" 6i @ 61.5* Lie

Link to comment
Share on other sites

19 minutes ago, CRW said:

I'm not opposed to him playing, but I feel like there is some young potential player that is losing out so this guy can stay in the limelight.  

How is he stealing someone’s spot? If there was a better player dont you think the coach would have put that player on the team?

Do you think international women coming to play college golf in the states are stealing a spot from a potential American woman getting on a team?

  • Like 2

Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto w/UST Helium 5F4

Wood: TaylorMade M5 5W w/Accra TZ5 +1/2”, TaylorMade Sim 3W w/Aldila rogue white

Hybrid: PXG Gen2 22* w/AD hybrid

Irons: PXG Gen3 0311T w/Nippon modus 120

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 50*, Tiger grind 56/60

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, CRW said:

so this guy can stay in the limelight.  

calling NC A&T State "the limelight" is a stretch that a gymnast would be envious of.

  • Like 4
  • Haha 1

image.png.926c5dbfc594427870bc33c43f290630.pngSIM2 8º | KuroKage XD 70TX 

  image.png.4f15ae5144722103242556b2db6d1033.pngSIM 3W 14º | Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec 9TX

image.png.bce9eebd9a20266703b359d88959bbcb.pngSIM2 5W 18º | Fujikura Ventus Black 10X
Titleist logo | Logo gallery, Golf birthday party, Logo designU500 2i | Fujikura Ventus HB Black 10TX
Titleist logo | Logo gallery, Golf birthday party, Logo design T100 4-PW | Dynamic Gold X7
Vokey Design Vector Logo | Free Download - (.SVG   .PNG) format - VTLogo.com SM6 52* SM8 56* SM8 60* | Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
SIK Golf Partners with GolfPlus to Host Entry Level Professional Events!  DW | BGT Stability Tour

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hey if you can hack it you can hack it. He also shot a 83/78 I believe so he is by no means lighting anything up. 

  • Like 2

Check out my reviews:

 :ping-small: G710 Irons Official Review

:Fuji: MC Shaft & :EVNROLL: V Series Putter Official Review

WITB:

:ping-small:  Traverse is filled with all this shiny metal and tracked by :Arccos::

:cobra-small: RadSpeed 8* - MotoreX F1 6X I :taylormade-small: SIM 3W - Project X HZRDUS Green 

:taylormade-small: 2019 P790 4-PW - Project X 6.5 LZ I :titelist-small: 48 (SM8), 52, 56, 60 (SM7) - Nippon Modus 125 S 

:EVNROLL: ER2VI :titelist-small: PROV1X #19 

🇺🇸Thank you to all those that have served/are serving and God Bless America 🇺🇸

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Chip Strokes said:

calling NC A&T State "the limelight" is a stretch that a gymnast would be envious of.

This thread and all the media coverage is the limelight. It wouldn’t have mattered what school he played at, being a former NBA player will keep him in coverage for the foreseeable future. Probably right up until he’s done playing. 

Sun Mountain C130-S / Titleist TSi4 7.25* MCA Tensei AV Raw White 75 X / Titleist TSi3 14.25* PX HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 80 TX / New Level NLU-01 18* PX HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 100 6.5 / New Level 902 Forged 4-PW DG TI X100 / Vokey SM8 50,54,58 DGS200 / Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2

Humble, TX / Right Handed / 10 Handicap / 37.5" 6i @ 61.5* Lie

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

How is he stealing someone’s spot? If there was a better player dont you think the coach would have put that player on the team?

Do you think international women coming to play college golf in the states are stealing a spot from a potential American woman getting on a team?

No, I don’t think the coach would have put a better player in that spot. The guy shot an 83 his first round out. There have to be literally thousands of potential college athletes without a spot that could out perform him. He’s there because of who he is. 

Sun Mountain C130-S / Titleist TSi4 7.25* MCA Tensei AV Raw White 75 X / Titleist TSi3 14.25* PX HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 80 TX / New Level NLU-01 18* PX HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 100 6.5 / New Level 902 Forged 4-PW DG TI X100 / Vokey SM8 50,54,58 DGS200 / Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2

Humble, TX / Right Handed / 10 Handicap / 37.5" 6i @ 61.5* Lie

Link to comment
Share on other sites

http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=24592

He was not good in his first time out, but he was also not last in the tournament with 2 golfers from Lasalle finishing worse. Without knowing his typical scores/handicap, I don't know that we know one way or another whether this tournament was truly representative of his skill or whether he actually displaced a better golfer. Even looking at this tournament in a vacuum, he apparently deserves a spot on Lasalle's squad. 😂

Edited by Hobert
  • Like 3

:callaway-small: Big Bertha (2014)

:callaway-small: X-20s 4-SW (missing 9 iron 😬)

:Sub70: 939X 4H

:cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0 (56 degrees)

:EVNROLL: ER8v with Fujikura MC shaft (firm) / :odyssey-small: White Hot #4

:taylormade-small: V Steel 3 & 5 woods

:nike-small: Miami Hurricane Stand Bag

:callaway-small: Supersoft 

*Gaming these until I have enough consistency to get fitted.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

39 minutes ago, CRW said:

No, I don’t think the coach would have put a better player in that spot. The guy shot an 83 his first round out. There have to be literally thousands of potential college athletes without a spot that could out perform him. He’s there because of who he is. 

He’s the fifth player on a team at a smallish university. It’s also a historical black college. The number of golfers that would be looking to be a number 5 at that school is probable in the low hundreds of that.

What coach is going to put a bad golfer in a team over a good one? 

  • Like 2

Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto w/UST Helium 5F4

Wood: TaylorMade M5 5W w/Accra TZ5 +1/2”, TaylorMade Sim 3W w/Aldila rogue white

Hybrid: PXG Gen2 22* w/AD hybrid

Irons: PXG Gen3 0311T w/Nippon modus 120

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 50*, Tiger grind 56/60

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I mean, here's my take on it.

NC A&T's golf program has been around since fall of 2017, making it one of the newer programs in the country. NC A&T is a HBCU. NC A&T has some international players along with JR and his teams for a roster of 6, all of whom are playing for this team in this tournament at Elon.

As far as I see, using JR Smith's celebrity to raise the profile of a new team in the NCAA Space at a school that is an HBCU in a sport that admittedly has not always been the most friendly to minorities can only be a positive. Much in the same way Steph Curry went out and and basically sponsors Howard's golf team and the PGA Tour announcing that every HBCU team in the country would receive a 10K grant from the tour, this matters to people and it matters to people who have been part of marginalized communities and people who haven't come to golf the way the majority thought they might as part of the Tiger boom.

It's only a good thing that JR is playing, I hope he continues to get better this season and puts some solid golf in to at least allow his voice and name to elevate the stories of these teams around him.

  • Like 7

In a :ping-small: Hoofer Lite bag

 :mizuno-small: ST180, 10.5, Kuro Kage Silver TINI Dual Core 60-S 

:callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero, 15*, Kuro Kage Silver TINI Dual Core 60-S 

:755178188_TourEdge: CBX119 18* Hybrid, Project X Evenflow Blue, 6.0

:mizuno-small: JPX 921 Hot Metal Pro 4-P, Nippon 950GH Stiff Flex

:taylormade-small: Hi Toe Raw 48* (bent from 50*), 53* (bent from 54*), and 58*, Nippon 950GH Stiff Flex

 SIK Golf Flo-C

:titelist-small: Pro V1X, 2021 Model, #33

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

There MAY be a better player that he took the spot of, but the exposure is good for the game. There’s all this talk about the “athletes “ in the game now. Unfortunately most of the best athletes in the country don’t get exposed to golf, so maybe this will help with that, but probably not. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

14 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

He’s the fifth player on a team at a smallish university. It’s also a historical black college. The number of golfers that would be looking to be a number 5 at that school is probable in the low hundreds of that.

What coach is going to put a bad golfer in a team over a good one? 

One who is looking for the coverage.  I think @Berg Rymancovered the why better than I could have.  Like I said, I'm not opposed to him playing, but I think someone(s) are losing out because of it.  Maybe the coverage this brings to the school and their program will pay dividends for others in the long run, but to act like that's not what is going on is disingenuous at best.

Sun Mountain C130-S / Titleist TSi4 7.25* MCA Tensei AV Raw White 75 X / Titleist TSi3 14.25* PX HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 80 TX / New Level NLU-01 18* PX HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 100 6.5 / New Level 902 Forged 4-PW DG TI X100 / Vokey SM8 50,54,58 DGS200 / Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2

Humble, TX / Right Handed / 10 Handicap / 37.5" 6i @ 61.5* Lie

Link to comment
Share on other sites

35 minutes ago, Berg Ryman said:

I mean, here's my take on it.

NC A&T's golf program has been around since fall of 2017, making it one of the newer programs in the country. NC A&T is a HBCU. NC A&T has some international players along with JR and his teams for a roster of 6, all of whom are playing for this team in this tournament at Elon.

As far as I see, using JR Smith's celebrity to raise the profile of a new team in the NCAA Space at a school that is an HBCU in a sport that admittedly has not always been the most friendly to minorities can only be a positive. Much in the same way Steph Curry went out and and basically sponsors Howard's golf team and the PGA Tour announcing that every HBCU team in the country would receive a 10K grant from the tour, this matters to people and it matters to people who have been part of marginalized communities and people who haven't come to golf the way the majority thought they might as part of the Tiger boom.

It's only a good thing that JR is playing, I hope he continues to get better this season and puts some solid golf in to at least allow his voice and name to elevate the stories of these teams around him.

Well said!

:callaway-small: Big Bertha (2014)

:callaway-small: X-20s 4-SW (missing 9 iron 😬)

:Sub70: 939X 4H

:cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0 (56 degrees)

:EVNROLL: ER8v with Fujikura MC shaft (firm) / :odyssey-small: White Hot #4

:taylormade-small: V Steel 3 & 5 woods

:nike-small: Miami Hurricane Stand Bag

:callaway-small: Supersoft 

*Gaming these until I have enough consistency to get fitted.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

33 minutes ago, CRW said:

One who is looking for the coverage.  I think @Berg Rymancovered the why better than I could have.  Like I said, I'm not opposed to him playing, but I think someone(s) are losing out because of it.  Maybe the coverage this brings to the school and their program will pay dividends for others in the long run, but to act like that's not what is going on is disingenuous at best.

I still have a hard time coming to a conclusion one way or another with respect to J.R. displacing other players from the NC A&T team with this one tournament as our only data point... Two of the other four NC A&T golfers only beat him by 3 and 5 strokes respectively. It could have simply been an off weekend for him. We shall see.

Capture.PNG.473b6be1d1734b033874602ff946a6c1.PNG

Edited by Hobert
  • Like 2

:callaway-small: Big Bertha (2014)

:callaway-small: X-20s 4-SW (missing 9 iron 😬)

:Sub70: 939X 4H

:cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0 (56 degrees)

:EVNROLL: ER8v with Fujikura MC shaft (firm) / :odyssey-small: White Hot #4

:taylormade-small: V Steel 3 & 5 woods

:nike-small: Miami Hurricane Stand Bag

:callaway-small: Supersoft 

*Gaming these until I have enough consistency to get fitted.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

11 minutes ago, Hobert said:

I still have a hard time coming to a conclusion one way or another with respect to J.R. displacing other players from the NC A&T team with this one tournament as our only data point... Two of the other four NC A&T golfers only beat him by 3 and 5 strokes respectively. It could have simply been an off weekend for him. We shall see.

Capture.PNG.473b6be1d1734b033874602ff946a6c1.PNG

And again, it's worth noting the team only has 6 players, it's not like they have a back-up roster of talent they can pull to like a Oklahoma State or really any d1 team. This is a team in its infancy. If there were other options I'm sure the coach probably exhausted them.

  • Like 3

In a :ping-small: Hoofer Lite bag

 :mizuno-small: ST180, 10.5, Kuro Kage Silver TINI Dual Core 60-S 

:callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero, 15*, Kuro Kage Silver TINI Dual Core 60-S 

:755178188_TourEdge: CBX119 18* Hybrid, Project X Evenflow Blue, 6.0

:mizuno-small: JPX 921 Hot Metal Pro 4-P, Nippon 950GH Stiff Flex

:taylormade-small: Hi Toe Raw 48* (bent from 50*), 53* (bent from 54*), and 58*, Nippon 950GH Stiff Flex

 SIK Golf Flo-C

:titelist-small: Pro V1X, 2021 Model, #33

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

All I know is that JR is getting hit up by everyone who is underage to buy them beer! Most popular guy on the team!

  • Haha 3

Driver: :cobra-small: King F9 Speedback/:callaway-small:Epic Max LS, Xphlexxx Busa 2 Liquid, XX stiff, 45”

Fwy:  :callaway-small: Epic Speed 4w, MMT 80X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4-10, :Nippon: Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Wedges: :edel-golf-1: SMS 50D/54V/58D:Nippon:Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

All but putter have Lamkin ST+2 Hybrid Calibrate midsize built to oversize +1

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If it’s done to get eyes on the program it failed in its first attempt based on the article. 

  • Like 1

Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto w/UST Helium 5F4

Wood: TaylorMade M5 5W w/Accra TZ5 +1/2”, TaylorMade Sim 3W w/Aldila rogue white

Hybrid: PXG Gen2 22* w/AD hybrid

Irons: PXG Gen3 0311T w/Nippon modus 120

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 50*, Tiger grind 56/60

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Like 2

Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto w/UST Helium 5F4

Wood: TaylorMade M5 5W w/Accra TZ5 +1/2”, TaylorMade Sim 3W w/Aldila rogue white

Hybrid: PXG Gen2 22* w/AD hybrid

Irons: PXG Gen3 0311T w/Nippon modus 120

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 50*, Tiger grind 56/60

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

Link to comment
Share on other sites

from the article:

Smith had the sixth-best score out of six players on his team. The Aggies finished 11th in the 13-team field, 57 shots off the pace set by tournament champion Elon.”

that’s a very long winded way of saying he had the worst score. 

  • Haha 1

image.png.926c5dbfc594427870bc33c43f290630.pngSIM2 8º | KuroKage XD 70TX 

  image.png.4f15ae5144722103242556b2db6d1033.pngSIM 3W 14º | Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec 9TX

image.png.bce9eebd9a20266703b359d88959bbcb.pngSIM2 5W 18º | Fujikura Ventus Black 10X
Titleist logo | Logo gallery, Golf birthday party, Logo designU500 2i | Fujikura Ventus HB Black 10TX
Titleist logo | Logo gallery, Golf birthday party, Logo design T100 4-PW | Dynamic Gold X7
Vokey Design Vector Logo | Free Download - (.SVG   .PNG) format - VTLogo.com SM6 52* SM8 56* SM8 60* | Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
SIK Golf Partners with GolfPlus to Host Entry Level Professional Events!  DW | BGT Stability Tour

Link to comment
Share on other sites

13 hours ago, Chip Strokes said:

from the article:

Smith had the sixth-best score out of six players on his team. The Aggies finished 11th in the 13-team field, 57 shots off the pace set by tournament champion Elon.”

that’s a very long winded way of saying he had the worst score. 

Essentially, yes. But he did manage to beat two Lasalle golfers...

:callaway-small: Big Bertha (2014)

:callaway-small: X-20s 4-SW (missing 9 iron 😬)

:Sub70: 939X 4H

:cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0 (56 degrees)

:EVNROLL: ER8v with Fujikura MC shaft (firm) / :odyssey-small: White Hot #4

:taylormade-small: V Steel 3 & 5 woods

:nike-small: Miami Hurricane Stand Bag

:callaway-small: Supersoft 

*Gaming these until I have enough consistency to get fitted.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...