November 11 2012
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Two days after being hospitalized for a panic attack, Charlie Beljan was cool and collected in a round of 69 to win by two at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic for his first career victory.
With the win, Beljan earns a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR. He also moved from 139th on the money list to 63rd.
Despite a bogey on the first hole, Beljan never trailed Sunday. He led by as many as five before seeing that deficit cut to two after a double bogey on the 13th hole. Beljan made a birdie on the next hole, though, and never looked back, two-putting on the 18th for the win.
Beljan is the fourth rookie to win on TOUR this season, joining John Huh, Ted Potter Jr. and Jonas Blixt.
Matt Every and Robert Garrigus tied for second after both shot 68.
Brian Gay, meanwhile, finished fourth, while four others ties for fifth.
In the race to finish in the top 125 on the money list, only Beljan and Tim Herron, who shot a final-round 69 to tie for ninth, moved inside the magic number. Rod Pampling and Billy Mayfair, both of whom missed the cut, were the only players to fall out of the top 125.