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Barack Obama and Alonzo Mourning Played Golf at Ft. Lauderdale's Grande Oaks Golf Club

President Obama was in town over the weekend, and caught a round of golf with former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning at the same course where Caddyshack was shot.

Mourning told the Sun Sentinel that the two had been planning a round, and were even set to play over the summer in Martha's Vineyard. Plans fell through, but the pair were able to catch up and play on the same course Carl Spackler ogled a couple of old ladies.

Mourning says he left impressed and in awe.

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

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

Zo and the Prez (which would make an excellent title for a sitcom) had played basketball in the past, but this was the first time the two took in a round of golf, which Obama does a lot of.

So how was the President?

"Considering everything on his plate, he's a decent golfer," [Mourning] said with a grin.

President Obama is..... the Cinderella Man.

Obama was in town to attended three fundraisers before taking off Saturday afternoon.

The Grande Oaks Golf Club was picked by the secret service.

No word on if the Secret Service checked for explosives set by groundskeepers to kill the pesky gofers.

As for the Miami Heat legend, Mourning was moved enough by the experience to call Obama his friend. "To know I have a friendship with the most powerful man in the world is something I will never take for granted," he said.

Now Zo has a story to tell for the rest of his life. He might even add that Obama gave him some advice.

"So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, Obama- long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the President says? Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Obama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice."

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