Photos by James MacLeod
Pat McCrate, director of golf at LaFortune Park, received a nice surprise Saturday when he was presented with a plaque and a big thank you from Maggie Roller and the girls of the local LPGA USGA Girls Golf group which meets monthly at LaFortune Park.
Roller. who teaches at South Lakes Golf Course in Jenks and is the main instructor for the clinics, became emotional in presenting McCrate with the award in honor of his support of girlsâ€™ golf, as he donates time, staff and space for the clinics at no charge.
McCrate, a long-time staunch supporter of grow-the-game initiatives, has five daughters including one avid golfer, and said he wouldnâ€™t have it any other way.
â€œI want girls and women at my course,â€ he said. â€œThey know where the nice places are. If you have a lot of women and girls playing at your course, you figure youâ€™re doing a good job.â€
He also remembered growing up in a family of athletes and being impressed that his mother, having never played before, was able to shoot around 50 for nine holes in the one time he played golf with her.
Roller herself has done wonders for the game through her dedication to such groups as this which encourage young girls to take up the game and play it for a lifetime.
The girls also had a question and answer session with Taylor Dobson, a freshman on the University of Tulsa womenâ€™s golf team, and received awards for previous contests.