Lot 127: Barack Obama Golf Score Card
8th May 2019
President Barack Obama’s tri-fold score card from the Woodlawn Golf Course at Fort Belvoir Golf Club in Virginia, measuring 12 x 6, no date, filled out entirely by the president, who signs his surname in the player field, “Obama,” and tracks the score for his three playing partners—“Eric,” “Marv,” and “Mel”—over 16 played holes. In fine condition, with intersecting folds. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Samuel Sutton, the personal valet to President Obama, in full: "I, Samuel Sutton, worked in the White House as President Barack Obama's personal valet. Prior to working in the Obama Administration, I worked in the White House for George W. Bush. In these capacities, I was given certain souvenirs which I have retained until this day. Among these souvenirs is the item photographed below, a brief description of which is below: A golf score card, completely written by Barack Obama including his signature as a player ‘Obama.’” President Barack Obama’s silky smooth set-shot and hardwood pedigree may align him more closely with the sport of basketball, but there’s no denying the former executive-in-chief’s fondness for the game of golf. Obama continued the longstanding tradition of presidential golfers by playing a total of 306 rounds while in office, more than both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, but well shy of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Woodrow Wilson, who respectively golfed 800 and 1,200 rounds during their administrations. A fantastic keepsake neatly filled out by the presidential scorekeeper.
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