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Pulitzer Committee Alert: NY Times Follows Up On Beljan Front Pager With Harrowing Stories Of Severe Acid Reflux

Some poor lad named Nate Schweber got the call from a golf savvy NY Times editor: justify our superfluous A1 story on Charlie Beljan's "panic attack" by finding more golfers suffering from an untold epidemic that has been quietly dooming the game.

So Schweber headed to Van Cortlandt Park where, of course, no one had read the story in spite of its A1 placement.

Mateo’s tale of an anxiety attack on the golf course was one of several that were heard during a random stop at the course in Van Cortlandt Park. None of the golfers interviewed had read about the PGA Tour player Charlie Beljan, who had had a panic attack last week, only to forge ahead to his first career victory.

But the golfers in the Bronx did not need much prompting. Told the details of Beljan’s harrowing experience, they shook their heads in recognition.

What the NY Times actually uncovered were stories of folks needing my drug of choice, Prilosec.

William Larkin, 44, the general manager of the golf course in Van Cortlandt Park, said he had an anxiety attack trying to qualify for a golf tournament in Westchester County about 15 years ago and had to be taken to a hospital.

“I was getting winded going up small hills, my mouth was dry, my left arm got stiff,” he said. “I started thinking I was having a heart attack, which made everything worse.”

He said he spent two days in the hospital having tests. His symptoms had been found to be psychosomatic except for one. His worry had caused his stomach to produce higher-than-normal quantities of acids, which rose up and caused his left arm to stiffen.

“I’ll never forget that day,” he said.

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Reader Comments (7)

Nexium or Aciphex pick yer poison, both beat all the others in efficacy
11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMan O'Science
Carl Lipbalm died this summer from a severe anxiet attack....
11.14.2012 | Unregistered Commentersmails
This has to be some kind of joke right? Still seems they're not getting the difference between nervousness and anxiety. When you are sitting at home in your PJs, comfortable on your couch, and yet you can't shake the feeling of impending doom or stop yourself from worrying and thinking about something, you have anxiety. When you find your hands are shaking and you feel weird as you try to qualify for some golf tournament, you are nervous.
11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Dude spent two days in the hospital. That is a little more than being nervous at a qualifier.
With all the sitting around on benches, coolers and bags resulting from the slow play epidemic on tour, I suppose we can look forward to similar illumination by the Times of the next condition certain to plague golfers: piles
11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAce
Ok Charlie. I'm not a doctor, but this could work. Take 2 belly putters, and if you are still having an attack, put a broom putter in your bag as well. Granted you now have 4 putters in your bag (assuming you are using a conventional putter), but hey you are not getting hauled off in a 911 van, probably a DQ.

You do have plenty of time to twitter if dq'ed. assuming Timmy has not taken your toy away.

All in all Charlie, I wish you well, you are a d-bag (a duffelbag), a term of endearment or therabouts in the company you keep.

Good luck with the child; I can only assume he will sue for a new father in a few years, as that seems to be the mined set (sic) you and yours are worthy of, and such as (as the NC beauty queen would say)

I'm in full tilt babble, I'll let it ride.
11.14.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Nexium is the only thing that works for me. I know a friend that had a similar anxiety attack and oddly enough his doctor told him it was related to his acid reflux. Mine definitely gets worse when deadlines are approaching.
11.15.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv

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