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Golf course will honor former North Tonawanda mayor

NORTH TONAWANDA – The Late Mayor James A. McGinnis will be honored by the City of North Tonawanda with a plaque in his honor at Deerwood Golf Course.

McGinnis, an avid golfer, served as the mayor of North Tonawanda from 1993 to 1997. While in office, he advocated extending the course, adding the nine holes commonly known in golfing circles as the back nine and making it a challenging 27-hole municipal golf course.

The original Deerwood course, consisting of the “Buck” and the “Doe,” was built in the 1970s, and the nine additional holes, called the “Fawn” course, were added about 25 years later.

Mayor Robert G. Orrt said the plaque will both remember the former mayor and honor his advocacy of the course.

“Mayor McGinnis was a key proponent in the construction of the additional nine holes. He was an avid golfer himself, and this dedication is fitting for a man who served the public and supported this endeavor in making the city course better,” Orrt said in a statement.

McGinnis was 83 when he died in Florida on April 22. He still has a large family in North Tonawanda and Western New York.

The city expects to complete the plaque and have a dedication event by the end of this month.