Golf Course Management

APR 2014

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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Advanced warning Gary Lezak forecasts rain early in Masters week, fol - lowed by mostly dry conditions and temperatures in the 70s once Tiger, Rory and the guys get busy for real come Thursday, April 10, in the opening round at Augusta Na - tional Golf Club. What makes Lezak's forecast special or different from the others who do this sort of thing for a living? If Augusta National GCSAA Class A superintendent Brad Owen was paying attention this winter to Lezak's app, he could tell you why. The forecast was posted in February. Lezak, chief meteorologist at KSHB-TV in Kansas City, Mo., launched Weather2020 early this year. Sure there are other mobile apps out there, but this one, well, it is quite different. Lezak can give you 12 reasons why. "We can forecast 12 weeks into the future," Lezak tells GCM. Golf course superintendents would appear to be prime targets for Weather2020. After all, the weather can infuence their daily duties. But are they intrigued by what the conditions will be like three months down the road? "It could be very useful," says GCSAA Class A su - perintendent Robb Arnold of TPC Louisiana, host of this month's Zurich Classic of New Orleans event on the PGA Tour. "The farther in advance you get might make me more skeptical of it. It all boils down to accuracy. Try - ing to outsmart Mother Nature sometimes is the basis of our jobs." Lezak says Weather2020 (a free download except Photo by szpeti/Shutterstock.com 020-029_April_Front9.indd 20 3/18/14 3:54 PM

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