WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - A full-time meteorologist hired for the Greenbrier Classic says that player and spectator safety is the
Stewart Williams is a meteorologist with Schneider Electric
out of Minneapolis, but he's worked with the PGA for 20 years.
From a small trailer, he uses radar and lightning detection
to determine when a storm is coming, how long it will stay and when it's safe
to resume play. Williams does not make the rules, but he does inform the rule
makers about inclement weather.
“Be sure we can get enough time that we can get the players
in and give enough time to hopefully get the spectators back to the buses and
back to the cars before it hits the golf course,” Williams said. “The next two
days we have some active weather, and then it's going to cool down and be a
beautiful weekend, so Friday, Saturday and Sunday is going to be really nice
Williams is also tracking the movement of Tropical Storm Arthur,
which is not expected to impact the tournament.