Duties of ULFC Meteorologist Go Beyond Tracking Weather

The ULFC tournament had a possible threat of storms earlier Thursday, luckily a tour meteorologist is on-site to help determine what happens if storms do hit the greens, but that's not all the tournament meteorologist helps out with. 

From golfers to golf balls to golf carts, Victoria National Golf Club has everything it needs to make up a tournament. But throw in winds and a possible storm?

Tournament Director Patrick Nichol says, "It's real important if they're wrong because guys are making decisions but its worse if they're not expecting a lot of wind and all of a sudden it comes."

That's what the tour meteorologist is for. 

"Wind speeds are very important on how they'll position the pins, how much rainfall we will get determine how much water they'll put down at night," tournament meteorologist Brad Nelson says. 

Nelson looks at weather threats as his main focus is the safety of the thousands at Victoria National. But he also acts as a resource for rule officials and the tournament director throughout the week. 

"It's very valuable to the competition staff to decide what tees they're going to play from and what pins they're going to use," Nichol says. 

With equipment right on the course, Nelson says he will give the rule officials his forecast, but doesn't make the final decision. 

"They'll make some holes easier some harder just to make it fair based on the wind," Nelson says. 

Nichol says rule officials also look at history, green speed and wind direction. 


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