Inkster Compton and Bisher honored by GWAA


HOUSTON ' Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, former Nationwide Tour player Erik Compton and Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Furman Bisher have been honored by the Golf Writers Association of America.
Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, won the Ben Hogan Award for remaining active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness, while Bisher, who has been with the AJC for more than 50 years, was honored with the William D. Richardson Award, given annually to recognize individuals who have consistently made an outstanding contribution to golf. Inkster is the ASAPSports/Jim Murray Award winner.
They will be honored, along with GWAA Players of the Year Padraig Harrington, Lorena Ochoa and Jay Haas at the Annual GWAA Awards Dinner, April 8 in Augusta, Ga.
Compton, 28, has been an inspiration on and off the course for his entire career. Compton had his first transplant at the age of 12, but went on to play on the U.S. Walker Cup team. He competed on the Nationwide Tour for six seasons. He suffered a heart attack last spring and underwent a second transplant in May. Last fall, just five months after that transplant, he made it through the first stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School, but fell short in the second stage. A few weeks later, he made the cut at the Childrens Miracle Network Classic.
Bisher, who celebrated his 90th birthday last fall, still writes his column for the AJC and walks golf courses. He began his golf writing career at the 1938 Greater Greensboro Open when he covered the event for a college journalism assignment at North Carolina. He has covered every Masters since 1950, is in the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and was honored with the PGA of Americas Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
The 48-year-old Inkster is known as one of the most entertaining and brutally honest players in the game. She embodies the ASAP/Murray award that recognizes a player for cooperation, quotability and accommodation to the media and for reflecting the most positive aspects of the working relationship between athlete and journalists.