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Golfer pushes through panic to win PGA tournament.

Posted Dec 06 2012 8:17pm

The overriding impulse during panic is to flee, to get somewhere safe. You're experiencing the fight-or-flight instinct. But there's nothing there for you to fight, no actual threat. Except yourself, your fears and the automatic ways you interpret and respond to the world.

Making your way through even a single day when you're panicking a lot can be daunting. Each panic attack is a trauma. You're constantly wide-eyed, on the lookout for situations that might set one off. At the end of the day, you're bone tired and cloudy of mind.

Which makes Charlie Beljan's victory in this year's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Lake Buena Vista, FL, especially impressive. According to an article in the New York Times , here's how it went
Beljan, 28, endured a five-hour stress test, staggering through 18 holes at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He sat down in the grass to catch his breath. Medical personnel in his gallery monitored his racing pulse. The fear of a possible heart attack dominated his thoughts.
He carded a 64, the second-lowest score of his rookie season, to take the lead, then left the grounds in an ambulance.
He spent the night in a hospital, with machines hooked up to his limbs and his golf shoes still on his feet. A battery of tests revealed nothing physically wrong with him. It was a panic attack.
And when Beljan was released on Saturday, he decided to put his nerves to the test for the final 36 holes.
Can you imagine?
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