LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Charlie Beljan showed up at Disney World Saturday morning saying he still did not feel very good, but he was going to tee it up in a bid to win.
Beljan, the 36-hole leader at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, spent the night at Celebration Hospital going through a battery of tests. He said doctors could find no cause for the racing heart and hyper ventilating issues that plagued him through his remarkable 64 in the second round.
“Who knows if we’ll last 18 holes today, who knows if we’ll last two holes,” Beljan said. “We’re just going to take it one shot at a time.”
Beljan said doctors suspect he may just have experienced a panic attack that just “spun out of control.” He arrived at Disney about 9:45 a.m. after being released from the hospital. His tee time was scheduled for 10:55 a.m.
“I got about an hour of sleep,” Beljan said. “I was in my golf shoes until 4:30 in the morning.”
Coming back from the event at Reno-Tahoe late this summer, Beljan said he passed out on the airplane. He said he has been troubled by issues ever since but a number of tests, even before this week, have revealed no cause for his problems.
“As far as the blood work, CAT scans, the lungs and heart, everything was wonderful, which is a huge relief,” Beljan said of Saturday night’s testing.
Beljan said doctors released him confident he was healthy enough to be out of their care, but they didn’t necessarily recommend he was well enough to play today. He said he really believed his life was in danger on Saturday.
“It’s just mind over matter, if I can keep my mind straight and keep thinking in the right direction and not let my body take over what it thinks is actually happening, then I’ll be OK,” he said.