The island’s own Joe Russo again opened his bag of tricks at Moody Gardens Golf Course on Aug. 9, scoring a hole-in-one at the par-3 fourth hole. He smacked a pitching wedge just more than 100 yards as witnessed by Richard Gonzales, John Phillips and John and Brent Trueheart.

In Ed Hartman’s own words: “After 63 years, 11 months and five days — I got my first HOLE-IN-ONE today at Mag Creek!” It was a 127-yard shot at Scotland No. 8, accomplished with an 8-iron.

Per Eddie: “Bubba was my official Boyo witness.”

Badge Buddies

First came the call from retired FBI guy Terry Kettler, reminding me that he was a dorm-mate of Bobby Nichols during the years Nichols was not playing football on scholarship. Terry was the only Aggie Ex I heard from who knew the full story: Nichols had been a highly recruited QB but sustained a serious neck injury in a car wreck. Learning of his golfing ability, Bear Bryant kept him on scholarship.

Terry also did not play football for A&M; he was on the baseball team.

Next came the call from Val Ramirez. He and son Andy traveled to Lake Charles, La., to play in the Prien Lake four ball tournament at the stately old Lake Charles Country Club last week. During two days of tough — I’ve been there — competition, Val and Andy had rounds of 71-67 to win their flight by a single stroke.

Greater Greensboro

Worry not about how Bill Ross is adjusting to life in retirement. Up in North Carolina for this week’s PGA Tour event, he rubbed elbows with the likes of Fred Couples, Brandt Snedeker and funnyman David Feherty — sending back photographic proof which turned me green with envy.

As if that were not enough, Bill teed up in the pro-am with eventual winner Camilo Villegas. Doubtless Mr. Bill’s tips contributed to the Colombian’s first win in several years.

As for Penny Ross, well, she will be in training on how to properly use those combination umbrella/seat things you often see among golf spectators. Seems hers took a slide, resulting in bruising and soreness, making for painful well-seating.

Be safe, on and off the course.

Birdies, Bogeys and Badges

Gean Leonard is a columnist for The Daily News and can be reached at

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