21September2017

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Hi Erik, How are you doing today?

“Great!”

I see that you have a partnership with Donate Life America and Genentech for the "Play through with Erik Compton" campaign, as well as working with Donate Life Texas and LifeGift, how has that been going?

“It's going great! I was happy to participate in the Shell Houston Open Junior Golf Skills Challenge yesterday and Head to Houston Methodist Hospital for the bell ringing ceremony, Texas Children's Hospital and also very excited to head to Nora's Home, a facility offering support while also serving as a home away from home for transplant patients and their families. ”

Seems like you are pretty busy so I will try not to keep you long, but we really appreciate you taking a moment to speak with us and help spread the word.  The numbers are staggering, 122,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant and 13,000 in Texas.  About 22 people die each day waiting.  When I saw that one organ donor can save up to 8 lives, I double checked to make sure that I was a donor as well.  Where is the biggest need and how can we all help?

“Just to educate on a broad spectrum, to sit down and talk about transplants. You can go to the DMV as you have or go to our website DonateLife.net which will walk you through ways to talk to your family about becoming an organ donor.  These are may be difficult discussions to have but it's important to choose ahead of time so that others are not left with that decision.  You can even put a note in your wallet that you want to be an organ donor.  I hope that my story(of having two heart transplants) will be inspirational and help others.  I have a website Erikcompton.com and even having that helps people learn of my story and become a donor.  I became friends with Anna Kate while she had her TV show but waiting for a transplant.  She came to my golf tournament in Miami and after a couple years of waiting, she got the transplant that she needed.  I'm just trying to do as much as I can."

I find what you are doing as extremely inspirational!  Being so busy, where do you find time to keep your game sharp?

“Well, I played last week in Puerto Rico. I also played Tuesday morning with Rickie Fowler and some of the other younger guys but unfortunately the weather isn't great right now with this rain but I'll be ready to go come Thursday!  I won't forget how to play golf in one day.

Is there anything that you would suggest amateurs should be working on that may have time constraints as well?

“Nutrition and flexibility are very important. Also, go out there and hit it as hard as you can and find it. Don't over analyze it and enjoy it.  As Arnold Palmer says, swing your swing and have fund with it.  Go out and play four or five holes if that's all you have time for. ”

I love the mentality of hitting it as hard as you can and finding it.  I know you mentioned Rickie Fowler, did you two tie each other at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst?

“Yes, we tied for second there in 2014 and had a friendship prior to that as well, where he came to my tournament in 2012 for the shootout.  He is one of the young rock stars of the game and brings a lot of people to the game,  But he also knows the importance of giving back and is big into that as well, this is why I believe that golf is the greatest game, so many guys go out of their way to help out the community.”

Congrats on that finish at Pinehurst, do you remember what spurred the great play?

“I felt at ease on the course. That's where Payne Stewart made that putt on the last hole to win and I'm a big believer in karma and an energy that was on my side that week.  I was very comfortable with my game, my driving, chipping and putting was very sharp.  Any given week, we have a chance to shine and although I didn't win, we consider it a win because it brought a great light to my story that can hopefully help others too,”

I noticed that you have played very well in Houston, Dallas and the Masters.  What do you think brings out your best game down here? Do you think it's the commonality of the setup of these courses?

“I think it's how well these greens roll, usually, each week it comes down to that because we all hit it about the same.  The saves, Up and Downs, the six footers and ten footers.  If you look at Jordan Spieth's last year, he was great from fifty yards and in.  He isn't a bomber but makes those putts.  That's something I think a lot of Golf Houston viewers can learn too, you don't have to be incredibly strong to work on your short game. I spent years of my life driving my parents crazy because I would chip and putt around the dining room.”

What's your favorite course to play?

“Well, this one, The Byron Nelson Classic, Colonial has a lot of tradition with Ben Hogan.  They are all great courses.”

Do you have a dream foursome?

“I would like to play with lots of guys in different eras to see how the game has evolved.  The ones that come to mind, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead  Ben Hogan or Tiger Woods.  That's a tough question"

Thanks a lot for coming on!  What you are doing is really making a difference and we hope that many more people can become more knowledgeable through either your website Erikcompton.com or Donatelife.net

“Thanks for having me and we really appreciate you helping out our cause.  I look forward to talking with you again"

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