Golfer in RTJ Golf Trail Championship credits heart attack with saving mom’s life

Golfer in RTJ Golf Trail Championship credits heart attack with saving mom’s life Golf Heart Patients (Source: WSFA 12 News)

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - 156 professional golfers are preparing for the Tour’s first ever Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship to be played on the Senator course at RTJ at Capitol Hill in Prattville.

The players on the tour are generally trying to earn their PGA card, many just starting their careers.

Jason Bohn is working his way BACK to the PGA Tour. He'd been there for more than a decade when a heart attack, on the golf course, in 2016.

“I was 43,” Bohn said. “I felt like my grandmother was just giving me a little bit of a hug. It felt like maybe something was wrong, but nothing was as wrong as what it ended up being.”

Bohn spent Tuesday visiting with heart patients at Baptist Hospital’s cardiac rehab center.

“My widow maker was 99 percent blocked,” he told them.

As Bohn explains it, his heart attack changed everything.

“Less salt, less meat... size portions was a really big thing,” Bohn described his new lifestyle. “And we had to work through some medications to get my meds correct for me.”

And then his mom decided her heart could use a checkup.

“My mom went into the hospital, did a stress test, and they wouldn’t let her out. She had triple bypass like two days later,” Bohn choked up as he explained. “It’s pretty emotional to me... sorry.. because the outcome could be completely different. My heart attack might have saved her life.”

It just might have been the best thing to ever happen to him.

“It’s the biggest mulligan I ever got!” Bohn added.

Bohn is so serious about living healthy, his 13-year-old son has already had a cardiologist, and says his 11-year-old will go soon.

Bohn is a former golfer for the University of Alabama. He’s one of 15 players in the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship with ties to Alabama.

The Tour is the path to the PGA TOUR, With 50 available PGA TOUR cards for the following season. Twenty-five TOUR cards are reserved for the leading points earners at the end of the 24-event Regular Season. Another 25 are up for grabs at the three-event Web.comTour Finals that follow the Regular Season in August and September.

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