Donald Makes It Two in a Row at Northeast Amateur

Luke Donald survived a five-hole playoff with Eric Compton to capture his second straight Northeast Amateur. The championship was contested at the Donald Ross gem, Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island. Donald’s 1-over-par, 72-hole total of 277 spoke volumes of the course’s difficulty. Calling the Northeast Amateur “one of the best amateur tournaments in America, maybe the world,” Donald became the first repeat champion since Jay Sigel in 1984-‘85.

Compton’s route to the playoff resulted from a brilliant 4-under-par 65 in the final round. Compton then sat back and watched as the field self-destructed. The difficult pins and the final-round pressure prevented the players from mounting a significant charge. The Compton-Donald playoff was resolved after five holes when the Northwestern University product made par to claim the victory.

Third-round leader, Lucas Glover, could not get his putter to work and shot a final-round 73 and settle for a tie for sixth place. Connecticut’s Jerry Courville, who has earned national distinction for his play in Walker Cup and national amateur competitions, had a chance to join the playoff but was unable to par his final hole. Excitement and drama have become trademarks of the Northeast Amateur, and the 2001 event was no exception.