President Barack Obama made a memorable detour Sunday in San Diego, stopping by Torrey Pines for a quick round on the South Course and staying long enough to make a guest appearance at a wedding held on the property.
According to a San Diego Union-Tribune report, Obama teed off around 12:45 p.m. local time, blocking out a small window of tee times on the jam-packed tee sheet and riding around the scenic layout in cart No. 44. The president warmed up on the far side of the range of the municipal course, stopping to meet some junior golfers on the putting green before heading to the first tee.
Once on the course, he was greeted by greens that reportedly rolled at an 11 and the same pin placements used during the final round of the 2008 U.S. Open.
As his round was ending, a wedding was about to begin on the area overlooking the 18th green of the South Course. As they told NBC San Diego, Brian and Stephanie Tobe broke with tradition and headed down together to the final green for a chance to meet the commander-in-chief before their nuptials. Obama stopped for a few photographs with the couple and chatted briefly, although he reportedly turned down an offer to officiate the wedding.
"It was just really nice, totally unexpected," Stephanie said. "I never thought we'd have a chance in the world to meet him."
As for Obama's score on the course that annually hosts the Farmers Insurance Open?
"I heard he shot 41 on the front," said city golf manager Mark Marney. "I'm not sure what he did on the back."