NBA: Ex-Heat C Alonzo Mourning Plays Golf with President Obama

Former Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning spent six hours at the Grande Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday with President Barack Obama.

Nov 10 2013, 7:56pm CST | by

NBA: Ex-Heat C Alonzo Mourning Plays Golf with President Obama
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Former Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning played golf with President Barack Obama on Saturday. 

This was confirmed by no less than the PGA's official website which says Mourning was at the Grande Oaks Golf Club in For Lauderdale, Fla. with the president. Obama had been in town since Friday for several fundraisers. 

His arrival "caused some traffic delays in the area," per NBC Miami. 

Former U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk and a cousin of senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, Ron Kirk, joined Mourning and Obama on the golf course. 

Mourning couldn't get over the fact he played with the nation's most powerful individual, as told to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"I spent six hours in a golf cart with the most powerful man in American talking everything from basketball to life after his term. It was very surreal and enlightening.

"It was a dream come true.

"When we left, he handed me the scorecard. It read,'Thanks for carrying us today.'" 

Mourning promised the president he wouldn't divulge their scores, however. 

Winderman also states the two played pickup basketball before but this was their first time to square off on the greens. The Heat great then commented on the president's golf game.

"Considering everything on his plate, he's a decent golfer.

"To know I have a friendship with the most powerfu man in the world is something I will never take for granted."  

Grande Oaks was featured in the 1980 Bill Murray film, "Caddyshack." It "offers members an exclusive atmosphere with some of South Florida's foremost socialites." 

President Obama flew back to the White House after the game.

For his part, Mourning, a current Miami Heat executive, played in the NBA from 1992-2008. He is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and seven-time NBA All-Star who won a championship with the Heat in 2006. 


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