Charlie Beljan's win was a victory for panic attack sufferers everywhere!
By mustang6560 on 11/15/12
According to The New York Times, Charlie Beljan isn't the only golfer who suffers from anxiety on the golf course. In fact, the paper sent one of its reporters to Van Cortlandt Park to uncover the hidden truth between golf and anxiety. One of the golfers interviewed for the story shared his personal experience.
"I was getting winded going up small hills, my mouth was dry, my left arm got stiff," he said. "I started thinking I was having a heart attack, which made everything worse."

He said he spent two days in the hospital having tests. His symptoms had been found to be psychosomatic except for one. His worry had caused his stomach to produce higher-than-normal quantities of acids, which rose up and caused his left arm to stiffen.

"I'll never forget that day," he said.
As golf legend Bobby Jones once said, "Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course - the distance between your ears." So am I surprised that The New York Times was able to find a handful of golfers who've suffered anxiety on the golf course? No. Anyone who's ever played the game in a competitive way — either in a tournament or for a $5 Nassau — has suffered some sort of anxiety standing over a tee-shot with out-of-bounds left or a 3-foot putt for par.

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