LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Scott Stallings was born in Massachusetts and went to college in Tennessee, but has an affinity for Florida. That love for the Sunshine State hasn’t always been there, but it has grown considerably over the last year.
A year ago, Stallings earned his PGA Tour card at Orange County National, about 10 miles from Disney. The Tour rookie struggled at the beginning of the year and missed his first five cuts. After a 42nd-place tie in Puerto Rico, Stallings jumpstarted his season with a third-place finish at the Transitions Championship, in, you guessed it, Florida.
In late July, Stallings won the Greenbrier Classic in a playoff over Bill Haas and Bob Estes and arrived at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at 42nd on the money list with more than $1.9 million.
He wasn’t planning on playing this event but his wife and in-laws talked him into it because of the perks at the nearby theme parks. Although Stallings arrived with little expectations he shot an opening-round 66 to share the early lead with a host of others.
“Central Florida has been really good to me this year,” Stallings said.