Sen. Udall golfs with president
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WASHINGTON - Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., hit the links Monday with President Barack Obama and two Republican senators.
Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss didn't seem fazed by a rare congressional invitation to golf with the president, sinking a hole-in-one on the par-three 11th hole. The ace shot helped lead Chambliss and GOP teammate Sen. Bob Corker or Tennessee to victory over the Democratic duo of Obama and Udall on an outing meant to strengthen ties between the president and Congress.
This marked the first time Udall has golfed with the president, and one of the rare times Obama has played with any members of Congress.
"Sen. Udall welcomed the chance to golf with two of his Republican colleagues and the president," his spokesman Mike Saccone said in an email.
Obama, who has the highest handicap, paired up with Udall, who has the lowest, according to a press pool report.
"They discussed a number of issues that Coloradans care deeply about, such as getting America back to work and addressing our deficits and debt," Saccone added.
In 2011, Golf Digest ranked the top 150 Washington golfers. Udall was No. 11 overall, but highest among elected officials in D.C., thanks to his 2 handicap.