PGA Past President James Ray Carpenter honored as Legend of the Gulf States PGA

 METAIRIE, La. – PGA Professional Mickey Bradley was recently inducted into the Gulf States PGA Section Hall of Fame, honoring his invaluable commitment to bettering the southern Mississippi community while growing the game of golf.  Bradley’s induction ceremony was held at the Blue Bayou Restaurant in Silver Slipper Casino – Bay in St. Louis, Miss. on December 7, 2014.

“It means a great deal to me,” said Bradley, a Biloxi native and former PGA Tour official for 24 years. “It is special to just be nominated by your peers.”

In an effort to help restore the Mississippi Gulf Coast after the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, Bradley hosts an invitational pro-am each year benefiting Habitat for Humanity in conjunction with the Champions Tour. Bradley said he is proud of the funds the event has been able to raise to support victims from the storm, and even further contributes by cooking up an array of southern cuisine for the players and event supporters.

“It sure is an honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Bradley. “I didn’t ever think I would get this. I owe a lot of gratitude to a lot of folks.”

The Section introduced a new program at this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony called The Legends of The Gulf States PGA which honors past presidents for their contributions to the Association and the golf industry. PGA Past President James Ray Carpenter, PGA, was selected as this year’s honoree recognizing his tremendous leadership and long standing commitment to the growing the game. Carpenter, a PGA member since 1969, served as PGA president from 1987- 88, and applied both wit and counsel to become a respected leader in the golf industry.

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