Over the last few decades the sports universe has witnessed a shortlist of athletes who have starred in multiple professional sports. Some of the names associated with this rare talent include Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders, who both played in the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB). Today the general thought is that we are absent a two-sport star on the professional level, yet perhaps the best candidate to fill this void might be Steph Curry. The newly minted MVP of the National Basketball Association (NBA) has deep roots in the game of golf and happens to carry a handicap between 2 and 5, depending on who you ask.
To gain a better perspective of Curry’s background in golf and how well of a performer he is, let’s take a trip back to when he was 13-years-old. That is when young Steph defeated his father in golf by posting a score in the 70s. That glimpse of success on the greens translated to Curry’s days at Charlotte Christian High School, where he played as No. 1 for three years on his team. What’s most impressive about this achievement is that Steph’s time at school was mostly occupied with long basketball seasons, which means he had significantly less golf practice compared to his counterparts.
According to Ron Kroichick of SFGate, Steph currently carries a 0.1 handicap index playing out of the California Golf Club in South San Francisco. He has posted scores over the past 10 months that range from 67 to 87. Because of the wide range of scores, the PGA Tour might be pie in the sky for Curry, but a potential Web.com Tour appears to be reasonably within grasp.
The Web.com Tour aids professional golfers who have either failed to score well enough at the PGA’s Qualifying School (Q School), or who have done so butnot succeeded in winning enough money to stay at that level to earn their PGA Tour card. Golfers who land in the top 25 of the Web.com Tour’s money list at year’s end are given PGA Tour memberships for the following season.
Curry could already be taking the initial steps into his professional golf career since he signed up for the June 1 qualifier for this year’s California State Amateur. When he’s had time to step away from his quest to win a NBA championship, he’s been spotted spending time with Tiger Woods’ former coach Hank Haney, and playing rounds with teammates in an effort to enhance his game.
Here’s what Curry learned from Haney (via: Diamond Leung):
— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) November 20, 2014
Curry’s game has been on display during four ThanksUSA Golf Tournaments, which he hosts to raise money for spouses and children of active-duty military. He’s also competed three times in the celebrity tournament at Edgewood Tahoe in Stateline, Nev. He tied for 28th in 2010; tied for fourth in 2013; and tied for 13th last July. One of the spectators that enjoyed the show Curry put on during the 2013 event was Phil Weidinger, President of Weidinger Public Relations.
“Steph was leading the 2013 event with seven holes left to play, this just after a two-week break following the end of the NBA season. He can play, plus he’s an absolute gentleman and class act.”
With all of the chronicles of Steph Curry the Golfer, we can only imagine what his game might look like if he had several months to practice, prepare, and execute his swing. Perhaps when his potential Hall of Fame basketball career reaches its conclusion, the beginning of a new one in golf could surface. Chef Curry with the birdie does have a nice ring to it.