Beljan hangs on to earn 1st win

4:24 PM, Nov 11, 2012   |    comments
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Lake Buena Vista, FL (Sports Network) - Charlie Beljan closed with a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic by two strokes.

Beljan, who collected his first PGA Tour win, finished at 16-under-par 272.

The 28-year-old had entered the week needing a good finish to keep his tour card as he stood 139th on the money list. Thanks to four rounds of 71 or better, he now has his tour card for the next two seasons.

Beljan spent Friday night in the hospital after barely making it through Friday's round. He struggled with a rapid heart rate, shortness of breath and nearly fainted several times during the round.

After his night in the hospital in which he got an hour of sleep, Beljan returned to the Magnolia Course at Walt Disney World Resort and carded a 71 to remain atop the leaderboard.

In the final round, he briefly dropped into a share of the lead, but responded with five birdies in a 6-hole span from the seventh to pull away. He hung on down the stretch to earn his first victory.

Matt Every and Robert Garrigus both shot 4-under 68 in the final round to share second place at minus-14. Brian Gay was one stroke back at 13-under-par 275 after a final-round 70.

With this being the final official event of the season, the other race was to get inside the top 125 on the money list.

Beljan and Kevin Chappell both moved inside that mark, while Rod Pampling and Billy Mayfair, who both missed the cut this week, fell to Nos. 127 and 128 respectively. They will have partial PGA Tour status next year, which will get them into some events.

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