Charlie Beljan wins Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic
By mustang6560 on 11/12/12
Charlie Beljan, our friend and fellow oober, is a PGA Tour champion.

Despite suffering from a panic attack during the second round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, he managed to shoot an incredible 8-under-par 64 which propelled him to victory Sunday at Magnolia Golf Course.
Two days after he was wheeled out of the scoring room on a stretcher, the 28-year-old rookie was celebrating on the 18th green as the band played "Zippity-Do-Dah." He arrived at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic with his job in jeopardy, and left with a two-year exemption that will send him to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the start of the year, the PGA Championship at Oak Hill and lots of other tournaments where winners belong.

"Every day I drove underneath that Disney sign coming in here that said, 'Where dreams come true,' and that's just what happened this week," Beljan said after closing with a 3-under 69 for a two-shot win. "And I'm so grateful and so honored."
I'm not sure which is more impressive — the fact an oober won on the PGA Tour or the fact Charlie shot a 64 during a panic attack. He battled shortness of breathe, light-headedness, and the fear he was going to die en route to an 8-under-par performance. Golf is mentally taxing enough when one is in the right state of mind. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for Charlie to battle his regular demons plus the fear of imminent death.

I'm not going to lie, I didn't expect Charlie to be a member of the PGA Tour next season. He started the Fall Series ranked number 147 on the money list and he didn't play well in the first two tournaments. Charlie missed the cut at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and he finished T55 at the Open. With a return to Q-School looming in the not so distance future, Charlie rattled off a T10 finish at the McGladery Classic two weeks ago and a win yesterday to earn a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a spot in several big-time events next year including the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the Memorial Tournament, and a spot in the final major of 2013 — the PGA Championship.

I would tweet our collective congratulations at Charlie, however, he no longer has a Twitter account.

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Torleif Sorenson says:
A two-year exemption, invites to the big PGA Tour events, etc. Man! Congrats to this oobGolf alumnus!
Werepuppie says:
Congrats.Enjoy the Masters.
mustang6560 says:
Werepuppie- Fall Series victors don't receive invites to Augusta.
GBogey says:
Based on Charley's win, the 200,000 oobers averaged about $6.86 of PGA tour winnings this year per oober.
DougE says:
Watched his round Friday and don't know how he was able to continue. Was truly worried he was going to collapse. Pulled for him all the way. It was an amazing feat.
legitimatebeef says:
Congratulations on winning the tournament and securing exempt status for another two years. And for not dropping dead of course.

The guy seems ready for the big time, and now he's probably got lots of fans not to mention $$$ opportunities.
WillowDusk says:
I met his wife at the John Deere Classic this summer. She seemed really nice and down-to-earth. I'm glad he pulled through and got himself that exemption.
Kurt the Knife says:
ditching the twitter earns my respect.
Kurt the Knife says:
and freaking out during a comp to come out on top.
Thats grinding, mate.
Kickntrue says:
Props to Charlie as an oober!! So awesome. Couldn't be prouder.

As to the deleted twitter. Props or not - pretty sure it's because he recently went on a pretty epic anti-Obama rant and regardless of politics made him sound like a complete douche-nozzle.
jfurr says:
oob Hall of Fame
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