Erik Compton, William Kelly: Golfer and standard bearer share unique bond

On the course of The Honda Classic, some young fans are behind the ropes. 

They are called "Standard Bearers," and every once in a while they share a unique bond.

Eleven-year-old William Kelly says he has been following the career of professional golfer Erik Compton for three years.  Friday, he was his standard bearer.

"He is my favorite," Kelly said. 

Compton laughed, "Not many kids am I their favorite, they usually like Rickie Fowler or Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson, so that's pretty neat."

When Kelly was eight months old, he had a liver transplant.  Compton has had two heart transplants, the only golfer on the PGA tour to be a heart recipient.

"He did not quit," said Kelly.

Compton nodded.  "Didn't quit."

Compton says when he is golfing, he forgets his struggles.  It is a healing game, he says. 

He looked at Kelly.

"All I can do is hit a golf ball.  He is probably a lot smarter, he can do a lot better things that I can," Compton said.

Compton asks people to consider donating organs to give the gift of life.

Print this article Back to Top