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    Luke Donald
    Luke Donald

    Contemporary Era:
    2009 Inductee


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    Luke Donald, the most prolific golfer in Wildcat history, and arguably the best amateur of his era in the world, was a four-time All-American, the 1999 College Golfer of the Year, the 1999 NCAA individual champion, a three-time Big Ten Player of the Year, four-time All-Big Ten honoree, two-time Big Ten champion and a 13-time tournament medalist.

    Donald was awarded the Golfstat Cup in 1999 for having the nation's lowest stroke average and was ranked No. 1 by all polls over a three-year span. He led Northwestern to three-consecutive Big Ten titles from 1999 through 2001, and helped the Wildcats to a pair of top-eight national finishes in 1999 and 2000.

    Donald closed out his standout collegiate career in 2001 with an incredible run of four-straight tournament titles, including his second-consecutive Big Ten individual crown. Donald then successfully defended his Northeast Amateur title, and ended his stellar amateur career by leading Great Britain and Ireland to its second-straight Walker Cup victory.

    Donald turned pro in August of 2001, earning his PGA TOUR card in December of 2001 through the grueling Q-School. Donald has turned in his best professional years the past five seasons, which includes earning spots on the 2004 and 2006 European Ryder Cup teams.

    Since he began his professional career in 2001, Donald has accumulated over $15 million in world earnings. He notched his first PGA TOUR victory at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic in 2002 and became just the 11th rookie in TOUR history to earn $1 million in his first season.