Tulsa County awards two-month contract to JSJ Inc. and sparks reaction on bids

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A story by the Tulsa World’s Kevin Canfield Thursday detailed that Tulsa County had awarded a two-month contract to JSJ Inc to continue operations at LaFortune Park and South Lakes under the direction of PGA pro Josh Stewart. Two Tulsa County commissioners also indicated in the story that they were open to taking bids for future operations, sparking a reaction from Tulsa County golf patrons on the Golf Oklahoma Facebook page in unanimous opposition.

Below is a post from Golf Oklahoma publisher Ken MacLeod in reaction to the story followed by a link to the Facebook discussion and Kevin’s story. As Pat McCrate had recently signed a new contract to continue managing both LaFortune Park and South Lakes before his untimely passing, it’s no secret we believe his company, given its track record of success dating back nearly five decades under McCrate and his predecessor Jerry Jones, should be given every opportunity to continue unfettered. That means allowing Pat’s daughters Maggie and Molly the time to complete a transition of JSJ Inc to LaFortune Park head professional Josh Stewart and then signing a new contract with Stewart without having to compete against request for proposals from management companies offering to save the county money. Those can always look a lot better than they turn out.

The post:

Tulsa County commissioners need to be careful with their desire to open this up for bids. It is their own rules for one-year contracts and for the long relationship with Pat McCrate’s company JSJ to expire immediately upon his death that have put the county in this quandary.

Under Pat’s guidance and Jerry Jones before him, Tulsa County has enjoyed two of the best run public facilities in the state for decades. All efforts should be made to allow PGA pro Josh Stewart, trained in Pat’s legacy of customer service, to work out a deal with Pat’s daughters, acquire the company and move forward.

If another company moves in now, it reduces the value of JSJ’s decades of work and achievement to almost nothing, basically what a third-party could get for selling the goods in the pro shops. And the only likely bidders for the contract would be golf management companies who can come in with some glitzy proposals, but the track record of golf management companies at six different courses in the Tulsa area, well to call it disastrous would be generous.

Stewart should get five years to prove himself under the JSJ Inc mantle and if the County is not satisfied, then open it up for bids.

Those who would like to make their opinion known, here are the email addresses of the Tulsa County Commissioners and their deputies.

Please let them know if you would like to see the legacy of JSJ Inc continue.


Click HERE for Golf Oklahoma Facebook post discussion.

Click HERE for Tulsa World’s story.


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