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CHARITY CLASSIC: PGA Wx Assesses Course

Friday is the first day of tournament play at the Principal Charity Classic but events so far this week got off to a bumpy start because of the weather.

The Pro-Am was suspended because of lightening, Wednesday but on Thursday, play resumed on a soggy Wakonda Golf Course in Des Moines.

Willis Young is a meteorologist with the PGA tour and spoke to Channel 13 about how the course is holding up, “There are some areas that are very wet.  We’re trying to keep carts out of the fairways to keep that drying process going; hopefully for the rest of today and the weekend.”

Willis says that Wakonda is a course that tends to drain very well, but they are having issues because of the large amounts of rain we’ve seen over the past week.

This area has seen roughly 4 inches of rain over the past week.

pga wxPGA officials will inspect the course before each round to determine if it is playable and at this point things are set to go ahead as scheduled.

“They may have to make some adjustments to hole placement based on any low spots that would flood first,” Young said. “They’ll make those adjustments before the round starts, hoping that we’ll get through the round without any issues.”

Willis says the biggest weather concern he has for the safety of players and spectators is usually lightning and he has special technology to measure the electric charge in an area.

Central Iowa’s severe threat will be ending later Friday. In the event that Wakonda would need to be evacuated he says it would take 20-30 minutes.

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