Obama's golf game in Hawaii forces Army captains to relocate wedding

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President Barack Obama puts his golf clubs in a golf cart after finishing the 18th hole with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Joe Paulsen, and White House aide Mike Brush on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii's Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Kaneohe, Hawaii during the Obama family vacation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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President Obama has taken in seven rounds of golf in ten days during his Hawaiian vacation. While six went off without a hitch, Sunday's game almost prevented a hitch, reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid.

There have been some missed presidential putts on his vacation, but there have also been some crowd-pleasing victories, like a par Monday evening on the 18th hole.

This past weekend though he flirted with trouble when he decided to play on a scenic course at a military base. The problem: a wedding of two Army captains, Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr., was scheduled at the same time on the 16th tee.

The manager of the golf course, without informing the White House of the conflict, asked the couple if they would mind relocating, to a lawn near the base commander's home on a hilltop with a commanding view of the ocean.

Fortunately, they said they had "no problem" with the change and were "happy their commander in chief would not be disrupted" according to a spokesperson at the base.

When President Obama was later informed of what had happened he "felt bad" according to a source familiar with the situation. So catching the couple by surprise, he called them right after they took their vows and apologized.

"...A congratulations on your wedding," Obama said. "I feel terrible. Nobody told us. Had they mentioned they were going to have a wedding on the 16th hole we would have skipped the 16th hole."

Obama wished the couple well and Mallue called the ordeal "a blessing in disguise."

It could have turned into a bad memory, but judging from the photos their wedding was everything these two Army captains had dreamed of.