July 6 2012
Interview: Charlie Beljan
Following his second-round 62, Charlie Beljan reflects on his play in the 2012 Greenbrier Classic with Mark Immelman from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- If there were a TV show made about Charlie Beljan, he says it would be on the Speed Channel, or "producers would have to create a death-wish channel for me."
Friday, Beljan, who is a bit of an adrenaline junkie, experienced a different kind of thrill: A 62 to move into a tie for the early lead through two rounds of The Greenbrier Classic.
“I haven't really realized what's going on,” Beljan said. “I woke up this morning, I said let's just play a good round of golf and have another chance on the weekend. Now all of a sudden I'm sitting here in front of you guys in another first-time experience.”
Beljan had never even seen the inside of an interview room, much less experienced the lead on the PGA TOUR.
This is just the 13th start of the season for the 27-year-old rookie, who earned his card by tying for 14th at q-school last year.
Prior to that, the former University of New Mexico standout toiled away on the Gateway Tour in Arizona, where he had been playing since 2007. He won eight times on that tour and in 2011 was the leading money winner.
This year has been a little different -- Beljan made just four cuts in 16 starts this season.
“Everything's a whirlwind, everything's different,” Beljan said. “I've never spent five weeks away from home.”
With a first-round scoring average that ranks dead last on TOUR he hasn’t seen many weekends, either.
“I don't doubt it,” Beljan said when asked if he was aware he was last in that stat. “I go to bed every night on Thursday night just praying for a good one on Friday.”
He had one this week.
Beljan made nine birdies and just one bogey. He missed just two greens in regulation and made all 17 putts he faced from inside 10 feet.
When he’s not playing golf, Beljan likes to push himself in other ways.
He owns a couple of motorcycles and has gone as fast as 170 mph on one of them. He also says he’d like to be strapped to the wing of a bi-plane sometime.
Beljan is certainly flying here.
”That's why I'm also looking forward to the weekend,” he said. “I like getting my heart beating.”