Compton allowed use of cart at Q-School


Erik Compton will be allowed to use a cart at PGA Tour Q-School, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting.
Compton, a former All-American at Georgia and Nationwide Tour winner, received a second heart transplant four months ago.
'I feel really good about the news,' Compton said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. 'It takes a lot of stress off me, and it gives me a realistic chance.'
The 28-year-old South Floridian will play the first stage of qualifying, from Oct. 21-24, at Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne, Fla. He told the newspaper that he has also been granted a waiver to use a beta blocker, which is on the PGA Tour's list of banned substances, for necessary medicinal purposes.
Due to heart disease, Compton had his first transplant at age 12. That heart lasted for 16 years before he needed to have a new one.
This is a reminder of the Casey Martin case. Martin was born with a birth defect in his leg, which prevented him from walking the course. His plea to use a cart, however, went through the court system.
Martin, who was granted the right to use a cart during the 1997 Q-School, earned his Tour card for the 2000 season. The following year he won his suit that went to the Supreme Court which allowed him to use a cart under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Martin is now the golf coach at the University of Oregon.
As for Compton, he is working on regaining his strength, as he's not strong enough yet to compete while walking the course
'I've been busting my butt in the gym,' Compton said, according to the newspaper. 'Hopefully, I'll get stronger and stronger.'