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John Rohde Modified: April 29, 2008 at 10:53 am •  Published: April 29, 2008
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but major league commissioner Bud Selig announced in 2006 the team would be sold to a group led by real estate developer Ted Lerner.

Evans also was involved in negotiations that led to the sale of the NBA Seattle SuperSonics and WNBA Storm to an Oklahoma City based ownership group in July of 2006 for $350 million.

A native Floridian, Evans is founder and CEO of Stelera Wireless LLC, headquartered in Oklahoma City. He formerly was chairman of the board of Syniverse Technologies in Tampa, Fla., and moved to Oklahoma in 1996 to become president of Dobson Communications.

Evans said he intends to have Oak Tree Golf Club designer Pete Dye visit soon to re-evaluate the course.

"We are going to look into a restoration project on the course and continue to build upon what he (Mathis) has done," Evans said. "There are several things on the course we'd like to take a look at. We need to have this place be the premier course in Oklahoma."

One potential change is replacing the fairways.

"I'd also like to see some of the natural grasses on the course from many years ago come back," Evans said.

Evans said he will discuss the club's new direction with its current 350 members.

"I think we'll spend the bulk of this year looking at what we’ve got, and to let the membership know where we're going," Evans said. "Some members may elect to go elsewhere. We're not going to chase anybody off. That's not our intent. But we certainly hope to create a different golf club experience than what's been here previously."

Evans said the club will still be open to women and minorities.

"Absolutely," Evans said.