LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Erik Compton celebrated his 30th birthday Wednesday morning hitting a few golf balls on the driving range at Disney World’s Palms Golf Club before playing nine holes.
It wasn’t a festive celebration as Compton’s battling a cold that’s making him careful to conserve his energy this week. A cold for Compton can be more complicated than for somebody who has not undergone two heart transplants, his last 18 months ago. Compton canceled his scheduled trip to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Tuesday to prevent passing on the cold. He is scheduled to play second stage of PGA Tour Q-School next week, providing the possibility he could play 144 holes in a 10-day span.
Compton has an experienced hand helping as his caddie. Michael Sturgill, who caddied for Arnold Palmer between 1996 and ’97, is on Compton’s bag. Sturgill was on Palmer’s bag when Palmer came back from surgery for prostate cancer in ’97.