T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Begay set for return after recent heart attack
After suffering a heart attack in April, Notah Begay is ready to return to his analyst role at Golf Channel.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, Golf Channel announced that after a month's absence while recovering from his heart attack, Begay will rejoin the network's broadcast team next week for the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships (Monday, May 26 through Wednesday, May 28).
Begay will also serve as an analyst for Golf Central's news coverage surrounding the tournament.
"I'm feeling great and completely ready to get back to Golf Channel and NBC to do what I love best," he said. "The whole experience was a bit surreal, but it's given me a new perspective on my health and I feel even more motivated to use my foundation to help educate kids about their own health and make a positive difference in their lives."
Begay suffered his heart attack on April 24, caused by what doctors at Methodist Hospital in Dallas diagnosed as a 100 percent blockage of his right coronary artery.
The Golf Channel statement said that a stent was inserted to unblock the artery and, at the time, his prognosis for a full recovery was very good. Begay has a history of heart disease in his family, the statement said, and says he's looking forward to expanding his NB3 Foundation's mission to address health and wellness issues among Native American youth, as well as working more closely with the American Heart Association.
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