Golf

July 29, 2014

Golfer finds Obama’s ball instead of his own

An Instagram user posted photos of a golf ball he found Sunday.

There has been considerable interest in President Barack Obama’s visit to Kansas City for a speech today at the Uptown Theater as some are eager for a chance to see or meet Obama.

Dallas resident Pace Doherty did even better while playing golf Sunday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

While looking for his ball in the woods off the first tee, Doherty came across one of Obama’a balls. Obama hit a shot into the same area while playing the course Saturday.

Doherty posted a photo of the ball on Instagram with the caption: “Obama played at Congressional yesterday, and I just found this in the woods off one. Looks like he's off line again.”

Perhaps Obama had an excuse. It was the first time he has played Congressional. Obama has played more than 80 rounds of golf so far in his second term, but he usually plays at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland or Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

The ball Obama hit into the woods had the word POTUS on on side and the number 44 on the other.

POTUS is an acronym for President of the United States, and Obama is the 44th president.

The ball is from Titleist’s signature Pro V1 line, currently played by 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott, the company confirmed.

Obama’s personalized golf balls retail for $57.99 a dozen, or about $10 more than a non-customized set, Time magazine reported.

Obama isn’t the first president to use customized balls. Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush all had golf balls featuring their signatures, according to the book “First Off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers and Cheaters from Taft to Bush” by ESPN’s Don Van Natta, Jr.

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