Soccer star Shevchenko fires 84 in Challenge Tour debut


Having recently completed a career as one of European soccer's top goal-scorers, Andriy Schevchenko found out Thursday that life on the course isn't quite as easy as life on the pitch.

Making his Challenge Tour debut at this week's Kharkov Superior Cup, the 36-year-old amateur carded a 12-over 84 Thursday at Superior Golf Resort & Spa in Kharkov, Ukraine, to sit 20 shots off the pace after 18 holes.

Shevchenko's storied soccer career included stops with both AC Milan and Chelsea, and upon retirement in 2011 his 59 Champions League goals were the third-highest total in league history. Shevchenko also starred as a striker for Ukraine in the 2006 World Cup, where his team reached the quarterfinals.

Since retirement, though, the former star has remained active, launching into a brief political career in his home country last year before making his foray into competitive golf this week. It appears that this experiment could be equally brief, however, as Shevchenko managed just one birdie in his opening round while recording 11 total bogeys, including seven in a row on the front nine.

Remarkably, Shevchenko's score wasn't close to the highest opening-round total, as the Ukrainian still sits ahead of 11 players after one round of play. Included among that dubious group is Poland's Pawel Jalop, who carded a 37-over 109 in the opening round that included an octuple-bogey 13 on the 13th hole en route to an inward 57.