What would you do if you got an ace playing against the President of the United States? Only Senator Saxby Chambliss would know.
“It was pretty special,” Senator Chambliss said of his hole-in-one, which took place during a Monday game with President Barack Obama and two other senators.
“The ball actually flew the route I wanted it to. I didn’t scull it. Hit a little fade,” Chambliss explained.
The hole-in-one came on the 156-yard eleventh hole on the South course at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Chambliss joined Obama and two fellow senators, Colorado Democrat Mark Udall and Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, for an afternoon on the links.
Corker, who was paired with Chambliss, said his partner initially wanted to exchange his five iron for a six, but didn’t want to hold up the party. Instead he choked down on the five. After hitting the shot, the group couldn’t tell if it had gone in or not.
“We thought it did,” he said. “Sen. Udall said, ‘You either went in the hole or you went over green and I think you’re in the hole.’ The Secret Service said, ‘We think it’s in the hole.’ But we didn’t know until we got up there. I went up and looked in the hole when we got to the green and everybody went crazy.”
Afterwards, the president retrieved the ball from the hole and handed it to Chambliss, and signed the pin flag along with the other golfers. This is Chambliss’s second hole-in-one, but it will definitely be the most memorable.
Who else can say the Secret Service confirmed your ace? So official.