BOYLSTON, Mass./SUNRISE, Fla.Thor Guard – the world’s only lightning prediction system – continues to solidify its position as the leader in severe weather prediction in the golf industry, partnering with the New England Professional Golfers’ Association (NEPGA) Foundation.

The partnership will extend across Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, with more than 60 facilities adopting Thor Guard systems. The technology will protect golfers from the dangerous impacts of severe weather by predicting lightning strikes up to 20 minutes prior to occurrence. Notable clubs to adopt Thor Guard systems include TPC Boston, Newport Country Club and Worcester Country Club, among others.

“I grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and learned to play golf at Country Club of Pittsfield – later playing on the College of the Holy Cross golf team for four years,” says Bob Dugan, President of Thor Guard. “As the President of Thor Guard, I can only express the company’s excitement to be working with the NEPGA, and my satisfaction knowing that I have re-connected with a part of the country I love.”

Launched in 2016, the NEPGA Foundation was built to inspire fellowship, good sportsmanship, skill development, honesty, integrity and etiquette. Initiatives of the Foundation include NEPGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), scholarships, diversity and inclusion, youth programs and a grants.

“Our Foundation has always worked to promote the game and improve the lives of thousands of children, military veterans and their families,” said Mike Higgins, Executive Director of the New England PGA. “Knowing Thor Guard’s reliability and accuracy, we feel confident that it will follow our mission and keep our members and visitors safe in the event of inclement weather.”

Climate trends support the need for Thor Guard. Meteorological experts project a 5-percent annual rise in weather, climate and geological disasters through 2020. The United States alone recently experienced 14 weather and climate disasters, totaling in around $91 billion in damages.

As the longest-tenured company in the category globally, Thor Guard continues to add to its decades-long leadership predicting (versus detection) lightning and other threatening weather scenarios at professional golf events. Trusted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Professional Golf Association Championships, Thor Guard is widely used in 21 countries with more than 7,000 systems installed across golf courses, parks, schools and universities, cities and municipalities, air travel concerns, government agencies, mining and industrial companies, sporting events and broadcast media and more.

About Thor Guard

Since 1976, Thor Guard delivers warning of potential lightning and other severe weather conditions.  Utilizing proprietary atmospheric electrostatic analysis technology, Thor Guard provides live streaming local radar to protect people and equipment, and better manage outdoor events. Thor Guard customers include the United States Golf Association, Professional Golf Association Championships, Meadowlands Giants Stadium, NCAA, Marriott Golf, University of Oklahoma, United Airlines, Jet Blue, Ft. Lauderdale Airport, AT&T, National Guard, U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy, Air Force, Motorola, Fox, University of Miami and Broward County (Florida).

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About the New England PGA Foundation

The New England PGA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN 81-4172947), is committed to its mission of impacting lives through golf, specifically under its three pillars: Youth, Military Veterans and their families, and Diverse populations.

Founded in 2016, the New England PGA Foundation has and will continually work to promote the game and improve the lives of thousands of children, military veterans and their families, as well as diverse populations through golf programs throughout New England each year.  Although the NEPGA fosters competition, the New England PGA Charitable Foundation is designed to encourage fellowship, good sportsmanship, continued skill development, honesty, integrity and etiquette.