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Millions Follow Erik Compton's Quest to Win a PGA TOUR Card and Build Awareness for Organ Donation
Date:11/12/2008

BROOKSVILLE, Fla., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- With a story that continues to captivate millions of Americans and offer hope to thousands of those awaiting lifesaving transplants, golfer and double heart transplant recipient Erik Compton will continue to champion the cause of organ donation as he pursues his quest to qualify for the PGA TOUR today at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville, Florida.

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Compton, who graciously is sponsoring the efforts of Miami-based Transplant Foundation (http://www.transplantfoundation.org) and its cause to drive awareness and support through the sale of a Florida license plate "Donate Organs. Pass it On," joins with other PGA TOUR hopefuls today for the start of a four-round stage-two qualifying tournament that will eventually send finalists to California for stage-three competition that will decide those 25 golfers that will receive 2009 PGA TOUR cards to compete with the likes of Tiger Woods.

"That's my ultimate dream; I've just got to be part of it," said Compton, who surprised the golf world this past weekend by making the cut at the PGA TOUR's Children's Miracle Network Classic at Walt Disney World Resort.

Just six months after receiving his second heart transplant and playing courtesy of a special sponsor invitation, the 29-year-old Compton was a media focus for the four-day Disney tournament, where he ultimately posted a respectable 6-under 282 to tie for 60th place behind tournament winner Davis Love III.

"You're the man," Golf Channel commentator and former Masters and British Open Champion Nick Faldo told Compton during one of many on-air interviews.

Compton, who received his first heart transplant at the age of 12 as a result of heart disease, suffered a massive heart at
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