It’s August, and despite last Saturday morning’s temperatures suggesting that fall had arrived along with football season, heat and humidity will most certainly return and prevail for the rest of the month.

August, and the first NFL game of the year is already in the books; some intercollegiate kids have already reported for two-a-day workouts. One 6-2, 235-pounder smiled knowingly as I made my annual announcement of how my stomach still churns at the smell of the damp, freshly mowed grass of the practice field.

Clay Crume hits the golf ball about two ZIP codes past most of us; he played his final round of the year Sunday before heading off to the University of Rhode Island for a season he hopes will springboard him into the NFL a year from now.

My wish for a healthy season goes to R.I. with Clay, and extends to all those who put on the pads.

Another first

Long before school districts (almost) everywhere hired school resource officers, ol’ badge buddy Rick Mitchell designed and manned a program locally. Rick experienced another “first” Wednesday during the Bayou Golf Club Senior Scramble at Moody Gardens. He struck a perfect pitching wedge at the 100-yard 17th hole for his first hole-in-one. I look forward to hearing him share the details over the beer he’ll be buying next time I see him.

Rick’s ace wasn’t good enough to carry his team, as first place on the day went to Steve Barkman, Tom Martin, Daryl Spoor and Wayne Churchhill, who won a scorecard playoff when their 61 was matched by Inez Martinez, Ray Summers, Ron Perren and Muggs Rhew.

First for cash

Kyle Reiser (64) won low net, and Kyle Holmes (69) low gross in last week’s Thursday Cash Game in the Summer Series at Moody Gardens Golf Course. Kevin Prisk, Bruce Baird, Reiser and Rick Christ took home team honors and cash. You can join each Thursday by signing up at 10:30 a.m. for the noon start.

You can also sign up for the remaining four sessions of Get Golf Ready with Head Professional Rick Christ by calling the pro shop.

Be safe, on and off the course.

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

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