James Ray Carpenter


High School Career

Hattiesburg High School (1943-1945)

• All Big Eight center in basketball

• Member of football and tennis teams


College Career

Mississippi State University (1945-1946)
Mississippi Southern College, now USM (1947-1951)

• Lettered in basketball/member of baseball team (’45-’46, ‘47-’50)

• Basketball forward (’47-’50)

• Baseball pitcher (’47-’50)


Professional Career

• Golf pro, USM (’64)

• Golf Coach, USM (1968-1980)

• Member PGA (1969-Present)

• President of Mississippi PGA (’73, ‘75, ’76)

• Secretary of Gulf States PGA (’73)

• President of Gulf States PGA (’74)

• Mississippi PGA Professional of the Year (’75)

• President of Mississippi Turfgrass Assoc. (’76)

• Gulf States PGA Professional of the Year (’77)

• Member National PGA Board of Directors (’80-’82)

• PGA Rules Committee (1979-Present)

• Rules official, PGA Championship (1979-Present)

• National Treasurer of PGA (’83-’84)

• National Vice President of PGA (’85-’86)

• Chairman of 1985 Ryder Cup

• National President of PGA (’87-’88)

• Mississippi Pro Sportsman of the Year by Jackson Touchdown Club (’87)

• Golf Person of the Year by Southern Golf Journal (’88)


Hall of Fame Memberships

• Southern Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame (1977)

• Charter Member Gulf States PGA Hall of Fame (1999)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2003)

• PGA of America Hall of Fame

Did You Know?

James Carpenter became a PGA member in 1969 after making the highest score out of 173 professionals at OPGA Business School.

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