Meet the PGA Champions Tour personal Meteorologist

By Kelly McCarthy

August 12, 2014 Updated Aug 12, 2014 at 6:41 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The rain Tuesday did not keep the professional golfers away. That's because traveling with them is a PGA Tour Meteorologist.

Willis Young admits his traveling office isn't so glamorous, but it holds all of the up-to-date technology needed to predict the weather for the Dick's Sporting Goods Open Champions Tour.

"So the officials are looking to get an idea the timing of when the rain's going to start," said Young, a Schneider Electric Meteoroligist, "When we're going to have a lightening threat and they want to know in say a 10 to 12 mile radius of the tournament."

Officials rely on the instant communication Young will give when bad weather is approaching.

"He's going to tell me when it's time to blow the horn," said Gene Smith, Champions Tour Tournament Director, "We've been working together for about 19 years, I have all the trust in him, when he says blow the horn. I blow the horn."

What makes Young's forecasting different than a local meteorologist like the ones on Action News is his focus is just on the golf course. He gets so specific some of his weather updates are down to the minute.

"Worst case scenario is we start getting puddling out there and we have to suspend," Young said, "So i'll be watching the showers even though I know it's not a dangerous situation, they want to know when it's going to stop to get the course ready."

The advice that comes out of the mobile weather center impacts the the entire PGA champions tour. Which means reporters weren't the only one bombarding Young with questions.

"It's like they see me, 'when's the rain going to start, or what are we going to expect later this week, or how the weather's going to be," Young said.

The biggest risk out on the course is lightning. That carries a risk for not only the golfers, but for the thousands of spectators we're expecting in the next few days.

Could Tuesday's rainfall impact the rest of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open?

"I think the golf course can handle that," Smith said, "If we don't have lightning in the morning we should be able to play."

So far, so good. But Young said he'll be back in his temporary office bright and early Wednesday morning just to make sure.

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