The Runnelstown 'Redneck'

By RICK CLEVELAND,

James Ray Carpenter, a self-professed “redneck from Runnelstown,” did not play a round of golf until he was 33 years old. And yet he rose to become president of the PGA of America in 1987 at the age of 60.

Carpenter did so partly because of his dedication to golf but mostly because of the force of his down-home personality.




CLEVELAND: Brees, Saban changed NFL, college football with one decision

By RICK CLEVELAND,

Last Saturday, Alabama trounced Texas A&M for the Crimson Tide's 136th victory in 11-plus seasons under Nick Saban's leadership. Bama is 136-20 under Saban, a remarkable 74-13 in the Southeastern Conference. Saban-led Alabama has won five national championships and may well win a sixth this season.











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