Golfer with double heart transplant inspires Collegiate grad

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- He's sitting toward the top of the leaderboard, but that's not what propels Erik Compton to play his best at the Wichita Open.

The 39-year-old golf veteran is a two-time heart transplant recipient and hopes one day he'll see more players just like him on the tour.

"It will be super cool to see other guys that have gone through what I have," he said." And if they see that I can do it, then why not them as well?"

One of those golfers could potentially be collegiate grad Matt Sorlie, who connected with Compton on the Crestview Country Club course in 2004. Sorlie had his first and only heart transplant at only three months old.

The two inspire each other every day.

"I don't think I inspire him any more than he inspires me. I think we're just two guys trying to put our best foot forward and live a normal life," he said. "At the end of the day, winning is my goal but it's not going to change my outlook on life or change anything for me. I mean, at the end of the day, I still have to wake up and deal with the situations that I do and enjoy the situations that I have."

Compton is staying at the Sorlie family home while he competes in the Wichita Open this week. Compton sits at -9 after two rounds, shooting 64 on Thursday and 67 on Friday.