Fairhaven, MA (November 5, 2009) – Titleist, Golf’s Symbol of Excellence, announced that it has produced a Public Service Announcement featuring professional tour player Erik Compton and PGA Golf Professional Mike Gibson, that celebrates the lives of those who have overcome physical challenges and found sources of inspiration through the game of golf. Compton and Gibson have both overcome life-threatening obstacles to succeed at their respective professions in golf. In addition to the Public Service Announcement, Titleist has launched pages on its company website and Facebook.
Erik Compton and Mike Gibson
“Erik and Mike are true ambassadors, not only for the Titleist brand, but for the game of golf,” said Wally Uihlein, Chairman and CEO, Acushnet Company. “We have had a relationship with both men for a number of years and continue to be inspired by their life stories. We wanted to provide an outlet and opportunity for them to share their backgrounds and hopefully inspire others that anything is possible through the great game of golf.”
The PSA features both Erik and Mike who share their inspirational stories in a sixty-second video message that is currently airing during PGA TOUR coverage on the Golf Channel. The PSA video, individual video messages, biographies and other information also can be found on the Titleist website: http://titleist.com/inspiration.
In addition, Titleist has posted a Facebook page inviting visitors to share their own stories, pictures and videos, or those of others who have used golf as a vehicle to overcome physical challenges. The Facebook page can be accessed through the Titleist website, or directly at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Titleist-Inspiration/138102734279
Erik Compton has secured the final sponsors exemption from the Children's Miracle Network Classic and will participate in the season-ending PGA TOUR event next week. It is a miracle that Compton, who turns 30 years old on November 11, is even able to tee it up at the event that takes place at Walt Disney World Resort. Compton is on his third heart.
At the age of nine, Compton was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, an enlarging of the heart that hinders its ability to pump blood. Three years later he received his first heart transplant. Compton went on to become the top-ranked junior golfer in the country, attended the University of Georgia where he earned All-America status, and was named to the 2001 Walker Cup team. In 2007, while playing a Nationwide Tour event, Compton suffered a major heart attack. He eventually underwent a 14-hour surgery to implant a second new heart.
Just five and a half months after his surgery, Compton participated in the 2008 Children’s Miracle Network Classic where he shocked the golf world by making the cut. Today, Compton is married and the father of a baby girl, and is also playing competitive golf at the highest level. Last week he advanced through the first stage of PGA Tour qualifying, firing a final round 66 to win his site by seven shots.
Compton is scheduled to visit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando on Tuesday where he will share his story with the young patients.
To learn more about Erik and his inspirational story, please visit: http://titleist.com/inspiration.
To learn more about the Children's Miracle Network Classic, please visit: http://www.childrensmiraclenetworkclassic.com/
To send a message to Erik Compton, visit: http://facebook.com/titleistinspiration or