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Real Estate Agent With Same Name as Golfer Is Invited to the Masters


It’s the stuff golfers’ dreams are fabricated from: a proper invitation from Augusta National Golf Club to compete within the Masters Tournament, considered essentially the most prestigious event on the golf calendar.

When Scott Stallings, an actual estate agent from Georgia, and his wife, Jenny, opened the door to their house on St. Simons Island on Recent Yr’s Eve, they found that just such an invite had arrived via UPS.

The envelope, in an excellent shade of green immediately recognizable to golfers as Masters Green, was emblazoned with the gold logo of the Augusta National Golf Club. And it was addressed to Mr. Stallings.

Inside was one other envelope bearing his name — Mr. Scott Stallings — in calligraphy and an invite from the club’s board of governors, signed by Fred S. Ridley, the chairman of Augusta National, cordially welcoming him to take part in the Masters Tournament in April.

“You simply got invited to the Masters,” Jenny Stallings told her husband as he unpacked the automobile. Each are “very casual golfers,” they said; they enjoy a round or two but usually are not quite as much as the extent needed to compete alongside the likes of Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler.

But for a split second, Ms. Stallings said, her husband thought his moment had arrived.

“I used to be like ‘OK, well, I even have this invitation,’” Mr. Stallings, 60, said. “It had my name on it. What are the probabilities?”

Then he realized the invitation was alleged to have been sent to that other Scott Stallings, an expert golfer and three-time PGA Tour winner who’s ranked 54th on the earth.

“Instantly, I do know this isn’t me,” said Mr. Stallings, the true estate agent, who likes to observe Mr. Stallings, the golfer, compete. “How within the heck did it show up here?”

The couple placed the invitation on their dining room table and decided to contact Mr. Stallings, the golfer.

Mr. Stallings, the true estate agent, found the golfer on Instagram and sent him a direct message saying he had received his invitation to the Masters at his house in Georgia and was “sure that is NOT for me.”

“I play but wow!” Mr. Stallings wrote, adding: “I feel now we have some confusion due to our names, our wife’s names and geographical location.”

Mr. Stallings, the golfer, who lives in Tennessee and whose wife can be named Jennifer, responded with a laughing-with-tears-of-joy emoji, indicating he thought it is likely to be a prank.

So Mr. Stallings, the true estate agent, followed up with photos of the invitation. “I’m really not kidding I promise,” he wrote in one other direct message.

Mr. Stallings, the golfer, later shared the direct message from Mr. Stallings, the true estate agent, on Instagram.

“Literally had been checking the mailbox five times a day after which I got this random DM yesterday,” the golfer wrote. “My Masters invite got sent to a unique Scott Stallings.”

Augusta National didn’t immediately respond on Tuesday to emails and calls searching for comment about how the invitation was sent to the unsuitable Scott Stallings. The club has asked players to R.S.V.P. to the invitations for the reason that Masters began in 1934.

Scott Stallings, the golfer, who was in Hawaii for the Sentry Tournament of Champions this week, was not immediately available for comment. He has not competed within the Masters since 2014.

“Truthfully, I believed my wife had it and was doing something for Christmas,” the golfer, 37, said on Monday, in accordance with The Associated Press. “But then nothing got here, and we left two days after Christmas.”

On Monday, the 2 Scott Stallingses and their wives spoke on the phone and made arrangements to get the invitation to the correct Scott Stallings.

Ms. Stallings recorded a video of her husband, the true estate agent, parting ways with it at a UPS store.

“OK, Scott,” she said. “Why are we on the UPS store?”

“Because I’m having to send my invitation to play on the Masters back to the opposite Scott Stallings,” he said, holding the invitation and frowning.

“Oh, I’m sorry,” she said.

“I attempted,” he said. “That’s OK.”

After which it was gone, on its approach to that other Scott Stallings, the one who really will get to compete within the Masters.

“It was like getting Willy Wonka’s golden ticket,” Scott Stallings, the true estate agent, said on Tuesday. “It was a tough one to let go of because I know the way prestigious it’s.”

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