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“We can be heroes, just for one day…” – Heroes, David Bowie
Adventures of a Funky Heart! first noticed Erik Compton back in March of 2009, when the professional golfer and two-time heart transplant recipient (That’s right – not one, but TWO heart transplants!) played twenty holes of golf with Cardiac Kid John Paul George as his sidekick. The pair walked onto the course like two gunslingers at High Noon and for a while, Erik had the entire PGA on the run. We haven’t heard much from Erik since then, not through any fault of his own. The Funky Heart has many interests, but golf isn’t one of them. As baseball star Rogers Hornsby once said, “When I hit the ball, I want someone else to chase it down!”
Erik has had his ups and downs since then: he has qualified for four PGA tournaments, only to be frustrated by his heart. Erik does well enough to qualify but then by Sunday, he’s exhausted. His score goes up like a rocket and he falls further and further behind. Last week Erik considered skipping the next tournament qualifier (Not having a PGA Tournament card yet, Erik has to play his way into the weekend match.) But he changed his mind and entered – and promptly found himself in a shootout. Thirty six holes of golf will wear anyone out, but the match ended with a three-way tie. Two would go to the tournament. But this time was different, as Erik took one of the last two slots.
Oh… I haven’t mentioned which golf tournament he qualified for? You may have heard of it – Erik Compton will tee it up in the U.S. Open held at Pebble Beach.
Considering the accomplishments of Paul Cardall and Erik Compton, it looks like a good month for heart transplant recipients!