The Washington Times - March 30, 2013, 04:03PM

President Obama went back to the links Saturday for the first time in a month, in spite of calls by Republicans to stop playing golf due to the government’s automatic budget cuts.

Mr. Obama played his 115th round of golf as president at Joint Base Andrews, a military base in suburban Maryland, taking a motorcade from the White House to the course. It’s the first time he’s played golf since the budget cuts took effect March 1.

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The president’s foursome included longtime friend Marty Nesbit, and White House aides Marvin Nicholson and Michael Brush.

In February, Mr. Obama played a round of golf with Tiger Woods at an exclusive resort in Florida, but hasn’t been golfing at Andrews since December.

Some Republicans have argued that the resources devoted to the president’s protection on such outings could be better spent on other priorities, especially in light of the administration canceling public tours of the White House.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden is also golfing this weekend, at a resort on Kiawah Island, S.C. It’s his third vacation this year.

Later Saturday, the president also took in a March Madness game from a private box at the Verizon Center. He watched Syracuse play Marquette, and waved to the crowd when he was shown on TV.