LeBron James Shows J.R. Smith Love During 1st College Golf Tournament

3:15 PM PT — Smith finished his second round with a 7-over 78 … which is a big improvement from the 83 he carded earlier in the day.

12:39 PM PT — J.R. is getting better in the second round — he’s 3-over par through his first 10 holes.

Smith’s former teammate, LeBron James, is showing support for his good friend … saying, “HOW AMAZING IS THIS MAN!!! DAMN IM BEYOND PROUD OF MY BROTHER!”

J.R. Smith‘s officially a college golfer — the 36-year-old made his debut at a tournament on Monday … and it may not have gone the way he was hoping.

The ex-NBA star suited up for North Carolina A&T on the first day of the Elon Phoenix Invitational at the Alamance Country Club in Burlington, NC on Monday … and he had a pretty solid start, hitting 2 birdies in his first 5 holes.

But, after making par on holes 10-14, Smith carded 7 bogeys and a double-bogey to finish out with an 81 (+7) … just 6 spots above last place.

Look, there was no way the former All-Star was going to come in and wreck the competition, but the fact he’s even out there doing his thing is pretty awesome … and he looked damn good, too.

Smith will be able to work on his score during the second round of competition — which got underway — and we’ll be keeping an eye out to see what he does on the links!!

Big shout-out to Smith for putting in the work and getting this far.

Originally Published — 10:31 AM PT

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