Shevchenko happy with start
Andriy Shevchenko began his golfing career with an opening round of 84 at the Kharkov Superior Cup in Ukraine.
The former European Footballer of the Year, who plays left-handed, has been given a special invite for the European Challenge Tour event.
And although he made an inauspicious start - being tied for 118th position on 12-over par at the end of the first day - he insisted that he enjoyed the experience.
One of Shevchenko's playing partners was Frenchman Victor Riu, who shot a course-record 64 in the process of taking a two-shot lead.
"I'm so happy to have played with two really nice guys today," the retired striker told the European Tour's official website.
"To play with Victor and see him shoot a course record and play fantastic golf, I learned so much about the game from the two guys.
"It's a completely different game when you are under pressure but I really enjoyed it still and so happy to be at this tournament, even if my scoring didn't go so good. It's a great experience for me."
Although Shevchenko's round put him near the bottom of the leaderboard, he did better some players' scores by quite some distance. Six players carded rounds in the 90s and one, Pawel Japol, shot 109 before withdrawing.
Former tennis world No 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov is also playing in the event and shot a round of 80.