Charlie Beljan Leads at Disney, Despite Being Hospitalized Friday


Despite being hospitalized Friday night, Charlie Beljan has taken the lead into the final round of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. What?  You’ve never heard of Charlie Beljan?  Come on! Ok, to be fair the PGA Tour rookie hasn’t garnered much attention this year.

Beljan was hospitalized Friday night for what was believed to be a panic attack. This was not the first time he suffered such an attack. Two months ago, he had a similar incident on a flight back from a tournament. Each time, several tests were performed, but doctors were unable to find anything to diagnose a physical problem. After the most recent attack, he was released from the hospital Saturday morning and arrived at the course only an hour before he was set to tee off.

Understandably, Beljan came out shaky to start Saturday’s round, bogeying two of the first three holes. He responded well, however, carding four birdies in his next eight holes. Not bad for someone who wasn’t even sure they were going to be able to play the weekend.  “I would probably say 99.9 percent that I was not going to show up [Saturday],” Beljan said. “I showed up this morning and I was scared, I was nervous, and kind of embarrassed about the whole show that happened. I didn’t know how I was going to take today, if those feelings were going to come back.”

Physically, nothing has been found to be wrong with Beljan. That just goes to show the power the mind has over the body. It will be interesting to see if he can hold up under the pressure of trying to hold a lead on Sunday, or if he cracks and misses an incredible opportunity.