Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry made an “impressive” professional golf tournament debut on Thursday, according to USA Today. Curry, an amateur golfer who received a sponsor’s invite for the Ellie Mae Classic, shot a 4-over-par 74 in his first round. The tournament was held at TPC San Francisco Bay at Stonebrae and was part of the Web.com Tour.
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On his first shot, Curry sent the ball to the cupholder of a nearby golf cart. Curry told reporters the first shot was a “really, really nervous” one, but he was pleased with his overall performance. He even beat a pro in his group, Sam Ryder, who shot a 75. Another group member, Sam Jaeger, said he was impressed with Curry’s game: “He has really good touch around the greens. I think that’s where most amateurs aren’t as good as the pros. I tell you what, he was hitting really good chips.”
Curry told ESPN that golf had been a “passion” since he was a kid. Before the tournament, Curry’s expectations were realistic and not set on winning the tournament. He said, “ I just want to have fun, make some birdies… I want to know what that adrenaline rush is like, because for me, that would be like winning the tourney.”
SOURCE: USA Today