Some make it the PGA Tour, most do not. Once Augusta dreams fade; we check down and ask ourselves, “What else am I good at?” Someone interested in agronomy and golf could become a golf course superintendent and be happy. Someone into the power of persuasion and sales could become a membership director and live a fruitful life. And perhaps the son of an engineer with an interest in physics and compassion for others could find a job too.
Thor Guard is a lightning prediction system invented by Bob Humphreys in 1976. Bob Dugan, the current President of Thor Guard was running the Northern Amateur at Sand Creek Country Club in 1987. Dugan wasn’t onboard with Thor Guard yet, but had invited Humphreys to bring his instrument to Sand Creek.
“Bob and I were there, it was a sunny day and the skies were clear. Bob (Humphreys) called me and told me you’ve got to get everybody out of there, there’s going to be a lightning strike,” says Dugan.
Eleven minutes later there was a lightning bolt struck in the middle of the 18th fairway. Lightning kills, but not that day.
Dugan is a classic example of a good player, but not quite good enough to play on the Tour—putting is hard. A few years after that lightning strike at Sand Creek, Dugan was at a fork in the road trying to decide between two jobs. One job was perfect, the other was with Thor Guard. Dugan consulted with friends and considered the two. He considered both, but ultimately decided Thor Guard was the better option.
“Thor Guard offered me an opportunity to save lives. I’ve been with Thor Guard for 17 years and am certain I made the right decision,” Dugan added.
Now there are 7,000 Thor Guards all over the world—they’re used at all TPC golf courses, all Marriot golf courses, all but one Trump golf course, at airports and parks. Careers in golf are vast; some play on Sunday for millions, others groom the golf course and the folks at Thor Guard save lives.