Ike way out front of Obama


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – When it comes to playing golf while in the Oval Office, President Obama has his work cut out for him.

According to the artifacts on display for Dwight D. Eisenhower at the World Golf Hall of Fame, Eisenhower visited Augusta National 29 times and played 210 rounds of golf there during his two terms as president (1953-61). Eisenhower is being inducted posthumously tonight with Lanny Wadkins, Jose Maria Olazabal and Christy O’Connor in the Hall of Fame Class of 2009.

The Augusta National green jacket Eisenhower owned as a member of the club is among artifacts on display at the Hall of Fame. So is the Spalding Dot golf ball he used to make the only hole-in-one of his life. He holed a 7-iron from 104 yards at Seven Lakes Country Club in Palm Springs, Calif., in 1968.