After an unintentional invite to the 2023 Masters, the Atlanta actual property agent fulfills a {golfing} dream

Two Scott Stallings met this week at Augusta Nationwide.

Apr 7, 2023 11:59 am ET

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what’s in a reputation If you’re Scott Stallings, tickets to attend the Masters golf match in Augusta, Georgia could also be included.

Scott Stallings is an actual property skilled residing in Chamblee, Georgia. He enjoys golf (and has been making an attempt to get tickets to the Masters for years) however is under no circumstances a PGA champion.

Scott Stallings can also be the identify of a 38-year-old skilled golfer from Worcester, Massachusetts. He is among the high 100 golfers on the earth, has gained three PGA Tour occasions and is participating within the Masters this weekend.

Actual property professional Scott Stallings, proper, shakes fingers with golf professional Scott Stallings on the Masters in Augusta, Georgia April 4, 2023.WSB

“It was in all probability about 5 or 6 years in the past that I really noticed him on TV and realized, you recognize, wow, there’s one other man by my identify, you recognize, enjoying golf,” mentioned Stallings, the actual property agent , versus WSB, an Atlanta affiliate of ABC. “So each time I noticed him on TV, I might take an image of it and put up it on Fb.”

Final yr, the actual property agent obtained an invite to the Masters within the mail, initially meant for the professional golfer. Each got here ahead after the mix-up, and to thank him for his assist, Stallings the golfer organized for Stallings the actual property agent to get tickets for himself.

“Simply the joy of getting one thing from Augusta Nationwide after which, you recognize, listening to the backwards and forwards that he thinks that’s his ticket,” mentioned Stallings, the golfer. “It was a ticket I suppose, only a totally different type.”

The actual property agent mentioned he’s been making an attempt to compete within the Masters for over a decade. The match, held on the non-public Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership, is the holy grail of occasions for golf fans; Whereas tickets are notoriously laborious or costly to return by, the pristine surroundings, reasonably priced, iconic eating (pimento cheese sandwiches are $1.50 and Georgia peach ice cream sandwiches are $2.50), and elite gaming make up for it match an icon.

Of the 4 main golf championships, the Masters is the one match persistently performed on the identical course, in distinction to a rotating sequence {of professional} golf programs in america and United Kingdom. Fortunate followers should buy comparatively reasonably priced tickets by means of a lottery system orchestrated by Augusta Nationwide; Followers left on the secondary market pay hundreds of {dollars} for tickets.

Scott Stallings performs his shot from the ninth tee throughout par 3 competitors previous to the 2023 Masters match at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership April 5, 2023 in Augusta, Georgia.Christian Petersen/Getty Photographs

“The highway to Masters is lengthy, much less traveled, only a chain of occasions you couldn’t write should you tried,” mentioned Stallings, the actual property agent.

The 2 reunited at Augusta Nationwide this week with the agent watching the golfer play.

“I really feel like we simply entered adult-level Walt Disney World,” mentioned actual property agent Stallings.

Along with tickets to the match, the golf professional invited the actual property agent to dinner and offered him with a present: the identical tickets that led to the completely happy encounter, framed and signed, “from one Scott Stallings to the following.”