John Smoltz Accepts Nationwide Exemption
By mustang6560 on 3/17/11
The most "competitive" round of golf I ever played was in the Nathan J. Trifone Invitation last Memorial Day. Yes, that's my name and yes, that's my tournament.

One of my personal golf goals is to try and qualify for at least one tour event in my life (not really very realistic, I know). In the meantime, I will live vicariously through professional athletes like John Smoltz who try and crossover into golf after their retire from their respective sports.
The South Georgia Classic presented by First State Bank and Trust Co. announced today that former Atlanta Braves' pitcher John Smoltz has accepted a sponsor's exemption to compete in the Nationwide Tour event scheduled to be played April 25 - May 1 at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.

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Smoltz made his intention to play in the South Georgia Classic known on Tuesday on Golf Channel's Morning Drive program. In doing so, he discussed his respect for the Nationwide Tour and its players. "I don't want to step on anyone's toes," Smoltz said. "I'm not looking to take anybody's spot who is aspiring to be a TOUR professional. I have a lot of respect for everybody who does what they do on the Nationwide Tour.
Smoltzy turned pro last year and he's competed a couple times since then. I think it's really cool to see (non-golf) professional athletes try to make it. Not to knock other sports, but golf is definitely the hardest sport to play because it is SO mental. No other sport challenges your mental toughness like golf, especially a competitive round like a Nationwide tournament.

Good luck Johnny!



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leeheppjr says:
you had to put a Sox picture?, he's a Brave, will go into the Hall a Brave
3/17/11
 
mustang6560 says:
understand. it was the best licensed-free image of johnny available on flicker.
3/17/11
 
bducharm says:
Hopefully, he will better than Jerry Rice!!!
3/17/11
 
birdieXris says:
I certainly hope he's a +3 handicap because i wouldn't be able to watch another "1 or 2" handicap golfer slap it around a-la JRice. Not like i watch a lot of the NW tour, but you know if it's on, he'll certainly be a story on there. Bets? i say no less than 83, which is a pretty good score even for places set up for the nationwide tour. No offense, NW.
3/17/11
 
bducharm says:
@birdieXris - I'll take that - you got 83 and above, I got 82 and below...
3/17/11
 
Banker85 says:
i will take the under as well.
3/17/11
 
mjaber says:
I really, really think that there is a market for a "retired from other sports" pro golf tour. It'd probably be the best option for a merger with the LPGA, rather than joining the LPGA up with the PGA.
3/17/11
 
carv712 says:
Yea Smoltz seems legit, a better over/under would be 75 or 76. He strikes me as the kind of guy who always comes prepared and I'm relatively sure he wouldn't put himself under the public eye without a real game to display.
3/17/11
 
srogers13 says:
mjaber, I thought that was basically the celebrity golf tour.
3/17/11
 
birdieXris says:
hah yea i did a little diggin, he tried to qualify for the US open and shot 76. That'll do. We'll see how the crowd grabs him.
3/17/11
 
mustang6560 says:
I'm with carv- I think Smoltz would only accept the exemption if his game was ready to go.
3/17/11
 
wrhall02 says:
Smoltzy is a good golfer, very pro-looking swing. Tee to green, he will be fine. I think he will fair much better than Rice.
3/17/11
 
wrhall02 says:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcNCRiU6B4k&NR=1

Forgot the link...he also has a nice backyard.
3/17/11
 
mustang6560 says:
thanks for the link: i knew i liked john smoltz for a reason! in a non-homo way, check out john's calves at sec 53. he's ripped!
3/17/11
 
Joe Lim says:
@birdieXris he takes on crowds of 35000 every 5 days im sure he can take a golf crowd
3/17/11
 
mmontisano says:
his backyard is more insane than Tigers!!!!!
3/17/11
 
birdieXris says:
@joe - true that, but i think the golf crowd has it's own things to get used to though, where you can tune out the roaring masses and hecklers all yelling at once (to some point), you get the murmers and the things you can hear after you miss a putt or hit a bad shot. Those whispers do odd things to you if they're heard. Doing more research, i do think his game is up to it. I'm way out on this one, he may even shoot even par if he comes out hot. From what i've been reading, his putting is probably going to be the hardest part. Still, there's golf, there's competition golf, then there's the "tours". I'll be following though for sure. I'd love to see him make the cut at least if not go higher.
3/17/11
 
sepfeiff says:
I think pitchers in baseball make the best golfers, they have a short memory of their failures! :)
3/17/11
 
Bryan K says:
mustang: I pitched in high school, and my coach always told me that if I was going to work out, work on my calves. Most of a pitching windeup is fundamental mechanics, just like a golf swing. The objective is to get as much arm speed as possible while not losing accuracy. Most of that power comes from below the waist.
3/17/11
 
Banker85 says:
that was totallty homo mustang
3/18/11
 
Banker85 says:
I think he is one up on Tiger in the awesome ass backyard column!
3/18/11
 
SD Charlie says:
I'd root for him if he didn't come off like an arrogant, self-centered a-hole in every print and television interview I've seen him in. He always finds a way to pat himself on the back, it seems.
3/21/11
 
birdieXris says:
the under wins it, but only by one. 84 -87 to miss the cut is about what I expected.
5/2/11
 
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