The chairman of the Board of County Commissioners is hopeful that Tulsa County can enter into a new agreement with JSJ Inc. to operate LaFortune Park Golf Course in Tulsa and South Lakes Golf Course in Jenks, he said Wednesday.
The county’s agreement with JSJ ended upon the death of Pat McCrate, 56, the longtime golf director at the courses, on Dec. 27. McCrate, through his company JSJ, had contracted with the county since 2001 to operate the county-owned facilities.
“I expect a continuation of the contract,” Chairman Stan Sallee said.
County commissioners discussed the situation in executive session on Tuesday and have tentatively scheduled another meeting for Friday.
“First and foremost, we are and want to be considerate to the family’s loss and give the family their privacy, their time,” Sallee said. “But also, we have to conduct the business of the county, and with the contract expiring … we have to make sure that we have a contract in place.”
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Sallee said the county is in the process of meeting with McCrate’s family and JSJ representatives to assess their interest in continuing to operate the golf courses.
“We would like to extend that opportunity for them to do that, and we’d like to do it as soon as possible,” he said.
McCrate leaves behind a great legacy, Sallee said.
“I did not realize the extent of his reach — not just beyond Tulsa but beyond Oklahoma,” Sallee said, “and how much respect he had around the country for his support, knowledge and experience in the game of golf.
“I had some conversations with some golf professionals around Tulsa that just elaborated on how lucky Tulsa County was to have Pat running the helm at both South Lakes and LaFortune.”
As for day-to-day operations at LaFortune Park and South Lakes, they continue as usual, Sallee said.
“And, you know, just one big missing part of that is Pat McCrate is not there, and Pat is sorely missed,” he added.