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SMOLTZ WILL FACE GLAVINE

Chris Vivlamore, AJC.com
Original Article HERE.

John Smoltz vs. Tom Glavine one more time.

No, it won’t be on a baseball diamond in front of thousands of fans. Rather it will on a golf course in front of several television cameras.

The long-time staples of the Braves pitching rotation will play a match as the season-finale of the Golf Channel series Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf. The segment will be filmed Friday (April 23) at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey. It will air May 17 at 9 p.m.

On the line will be money for charity – and bragging rights, of course.

“We will make it fun,” Smoltz said Thursday. “You always want to do your best. If you can play your best and have fun and raise some money for charity, it’s worth it.”

A little friendly trash talk has already begun as the two played in a charity event on Monday. Smoltz said he got in a practice round Thursday at the Golf Club of Georgia, one of two clubs, along with Hawks Ridge, where he is a member.

“I got a little practice in,” Smoltz said. “Hopefully Glavine was doing the same.”

The match will be the final of six-part series which features celebrities, athletes and professional golfers competing head-to-head for their favorite charity.

“I’m sure he will kill me,” Glavine told the AJC in a text message. “I’m just going to try and be competitive and give him a good match.”

Smoltz will break out a new set of Bridgestone clubs for the event, a fact he’s sure will please Glavine.

Smoltz can also use the event as a tune-up for his attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open, which will be held in June at Pebble Beach. Smoltz will begin with a local qualifier on May 10 at Marietta Country Club. According to the Georgia State Golf Association, Smoltz has a 1.5 handicap.

“I’m going to see what that’s like,” Smoltz said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen but I want to experience it.”

Glavine, who plays out of the Country Club of the South and Hawks Ridge, has a 3.2 handicap.

The future Hall of Famers have likely finished their baseball careers. Glavine has officially retired and Smoltz has been broadcasting Braves games for Peachtree TV.