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Erik Compton

Professional golfer who has undergone two heart transplants

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Erik Harald Høie Compton (born November 11, 1979) is a Norwegian-American professional golfer. Compton was born in Miami, Florida to an American father and a Norwegian mother and holds dual citizenship. He attended the University of Georgia and played on the 2001 Palmer Cup and Walker Cup teams.

Erik holds the distinction as being the only professional golfer in the world to compete with a transplanted heart. In 1992, Erik received his first heart transplant at the age of 12 and was forced to give up all contact sports. He learned how to play golf and six years later became the #1 ranked junior golfer in the United States and the 1998 AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year. He accepted a scholarship to play golf for the University of Georgia, where he went on to become a two time All-American.

Erik's success on the course led to him being named to the US Walker Cup and Palmer Cup teams in 2001. Since turning professional later that summer, Erik found success at every level of competition. He won twice and finished at the top of the Order of Merit (money list) on the Canadian Tour in 2004. In 2005, Erik won his first major international event, the King Hassan II Trophy in Rabat, Morocco.

In 2007, Erik suffered a major heart attack which eventually led to a second heart transplant in May 2008. Vowing that he was not finished with golf, Erik started his rehabilitation in the middle of the summer and pointed himself to the fall US PGA Tour Qualifying School. He succeeded in making it through the first stage but missed advancing at the second stage by one stroke. He also made the cut in the 2008 Children's Miracle Network Classic in Orlando, a PGA Tour event which took place less than six months following his second heart transplant.

These efforts so impressed the golf world that he received several exemptions to PGA Tour and European Tour events in 2009 where he succeeded in making the cuts. Erik made the cut in Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament, the Dubai Desert Classic and the Honda Classic. Following his heroic comeback efforts, Erik received the prestigious 2009 Ben Hogan Award from the Golf Writers Association of America at a presentation during the Masters Tournament. This award is given annually to a golfer who has displayed courage in overcoming a major physical handicap.

During 2010 Erik continued to impress by making the cut in 5 of the 7 PGA Tour events he played in, including the Memorial Tournament and finishing 30th at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill event. His best round of the year was a 63 at the Greenbrier Classic where he held the first round lead. Other 2010 highlights included qualifying for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and making it through the final stage of the 2010 PGA Qualifying school thus earning status on the Nationwide Tour.

The 2011 season has been the most successful to date for Erik as he has enjoyed three top-5 finishes including a win in the Mexican Open in June. He has assured himself a spot in the Top 25 on the Money List which will guarantee him a spot on the PGA Tour for the 2012 season. In addition, Erik has made the cut in 5 of the 6 PGA Tour events he competed in this year. His final round 64 at the Los Angeles Open was the low round of the tournament.

Erik married Barbara Casco in August of 2008 and they are now the proud parents of a daughter, Petra (2 years old).

During any given tournament week, Erik can be found volunteering his time for special events and hospital visitations to meet transplant patients and their families in support of organ donation and transplant awareness.

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Erik Compton

Professional golfer who has undergone two heart transplants

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Erik Compton Biography

Erik Harald Høie Compton (born November 11, 1979) is a Norwegian-American professional golfer. Compton was born in Miami, Florida to an American father and a Norwegian mother and holds dual citizenship. He attended the University of Georgia and played on the 2001 Palmer Cup and Walker Cup teams.

Erik holds the distinction as being the only professional golfer in the world to compete with a transplanted heart. In 1992, Erik received his first heart transplant at the age of 12 and was forced to give up all contact sports. He learned how to play golf and six years later became the #1 ranked junior golfer in the United States and the 1998 AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year. He accepted a scholarship to play golf for the University of Georgia, where he went on to become a two time All-American.

Erik's success on the course led to him being named to the US Walker Cup and Palmer Cup teams in 2001. Since turning professional later that summer, Erik found success at every level of competition. He won twice and finished at the top of the Order of Merit (money list) on the Canadian Tour in 2004. In 2005, Erik won his first major international event, the King Hassan II Trophy in Rabat, Morocco.

In 2007, Erik suffered a major heart attack which eventually led to a second heart transplant in May 2008. Vowing that he was not finished with golf, Erik started his rehabilitation in the middle of the summer and pointed himself to the fall US PGA Tour Qualifying School. He succeeded in making it through the first stage but missed advancing at the second stage by one stroke. He also made the cut in the 2008 Children's Miracle Network Classic in Orlando, a PGA Tour event which took place less than six months following his second heart transplant.

These efforts so impressed the golf world that he received several exemptions to PGA Tour and European Tour events in 2009 where he succeeded in making the cuts. Erik made the cut in Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament, the Dubai Desert Classic and the Honda Classic. Following his heroic comeback efforts, Erik received the prestigious 2009 Ben Hogan Award from the Golf Writers Association of America at a presentation during the Masters Tournament. This award is given annually to a golfer who has displayed courage in overcoming a major physical handicap.

During 2010 Erik continued to impress by making the cut in 5 of the 7 PGA Tour events he played in, including the Memorial Tournament and finishing 30th at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill event. His best round of the year was a 63 at the Greenbrier Classic where he held the first round lead. Other 2010 highlights included qualifying for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and making it through the final stage of the 2010 PGA Qualifying school thus earning status on the Nationwide Tour.

The 2011 season has been the most successful to date for Erik as he has enjoyed three top-5 finishes including a win in the Mexican Open in June. He has assured himself a spot in the Top 25 on the Money List which will guarantee him a spot on the PGA Tour for the 2012 season. In addition, Erik has made the cut in 5 of the 6 PGA Tour events he competed in this year. His final round 64 at the Los Angeles Open was the low round of the tournament.

Erik married Barbara Casco in August of 2008 and they are now the proud parents of a daughter, Petra (2 years old).

During any given tournament week, Erik can be found volunteering his time for special events and hospital visitations to meet transplant patients and their families in support of organ donation and transplant awareness.

Erik Compton Videos

  • MGH 2016 Transplant Golf Classic | Erik Compton HIGHLIGHTS on ...
  • Insiders Hangout: Get to know Erik Compton (Wells Fargo ...
  • Erik Compton at home - YouTube

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  • How to book Erik Compton?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Erik Compton for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Erik Compton, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Erik Compton or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Erik Compton?

    Booking fees for Erik Compton, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Erik Compton, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Erik Compton?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Erik Compton for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Erik Compton for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Erik Compton or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Erik Compton or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Erik Compton is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Erik Compton for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Erik Compton generally travels from FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bob Rotella, Bobby Clampett, Holly Sonders, Cheyenne Woods and Matt Kuchar. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Erik Compton for an upcoming event.

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