Severe weather could impact MGRC

Severe weather could impact MGRC

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Everyone at Fallen Oak Golf Course is talking about what could be the wild card for the 2016 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic - the possibility of severe weather altering plans.

The decision has already been made to close the course to the public on Thursday during a pro-am event. The reason: spectator safety.

"We get a lot of lightning here in South Mississippi. That's what scares me more than anything else, our folks are all aware of that. The rain is not a big deal, but when we start getting lightning we're very careful about that with people," said Tournament Director Steve Nieman.

The PGA tour has an on site meteorologist at every event. Willis Young is tracking radar, and advising tournament officials about threatening weather.

"When I arrive here on Monday on tournament week, I give tournament officials a heads up on the weather and what we can expect," Young said.

The tour professionals have dealt with bad weather their entire careers. With the possibility of delayed play on Friday, Bob Gilder says weather related inconvenience is part of the game.

"That's not much fun, that's a little disturbing to the game. It's hard to get any thing going when you are going back and forth. That's just part of it," according to Gilder.

Tournament officials will make every effort to get the 54-hole event done by Sunday. The way things are looking right now a rain out on Friday could make for a very long Saturday.

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