FORE!Casting at the Marathon Classic
SYLVANIA, Ohio (WNWO) - Caddies, teammates, and officials are all essential people to have out there with you on the golf course. But, what about a meteorologist? Forecasting from the fairway is crucial in making sure the Marathon Classic goes smoothly.
Some would say the weather at the Marathon Classic has been on par.
“It was hot the first couple of days, but the temperature today is perfect,” said Caroline Hedwall, a professional golfer.
But, weather can change on a dime.
"We have the big lake influence up here in Northern Ohio," said Stewart Williams, LPGA Meteorologist.
The LPGA tournament has a secret weapon. Well, more like a built-in warning system.
“The officials really rely on our forecast to set up the golf course every day,” said Williams.
Meteorologist, Stewart Williams, tracks every movement of weather that can possibly make its way onto the course.
"If there is strong wind in players faces, they are going to have to move the tee blocks up on that hole, so it plays shorter,” said Williams. “If it's coming from behind them strong, they are going to move those tee blocks back, so the hole plays longer."
Even the slightest bit of wind can completely throw off a player’s swing.
"Making sure you allow for the miss, for the wind to bring it left or right, so you're able to hit the shot you want," said Katherine Perry, a professional golfer.
Williams said the biggest concern is lightning.
"We have live radar, lightning detection, we also have an electric field mill on site,” said Williams.
The smallest of disruptions can be detected by Williams' close eye, and up to the minute systems. This allows him to warn people up to 30 minutes before any weather touches down on Highland Meadows.
"It measures the electric charge in the atmosphere," said Williams.
While it’s best to remain dry, a little water wouldn’t hurt on the green. It would make the course a bit less firm, and allow the ball to go slower.