LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Despite what was believed to be a panic attack that kept Charlie Beljan in the hospital overnight, the third round of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic ended the way it started: With Beljan in the lead.
The 28-year-old rookie shot a 71 to move to 13 under and two shots clear of Brian Gay, Josh Teater and Charlie Wi.
Beljan entered the week 139th on the money list but with one round to go in the final event of the season, he’s in position for his first career win, which would guarantee him a TOUR card for the next two years.
After making two bogeys in his first three holes Saturday, Beljan bounced back with four birdies over his next eight. He added two more on the back nine.
Beljan has plenty of company close behind him on the leaderboard with 10 players within three shots. Among that group are Camilo Villegas and Tommy Gainey, both of whom are three back. Villegas, 150th on the money list and in danger of losing his card at the start of the week, is looking for his first win in two years. Gainey is looking for his second in as many starts after winning The McGladrey Classic two weeks ago.