By Vanessa Infanzon
Professional golfer Scott Stallings can’t remember a time when he wasn’t a AAA Member. Although he carried the AAA Membership card with him as a teenager, he didn’t know what it was used for. His father told him, “You’ll know when you need it.”
That time came when Stallings was 16 years old, driving near his hometown of Oakridge, Tennessee. One of his tires went flat. Despite Stallings’ considerable effort to loosen a lug nut, he just couldn’t get it off the wheel. He remembered the AAA card in his wallet and called for assistance. Stallings was impressed with how quickly the experienced technician removed the stubborn lug nut. Stallings recalls thinking, “Man, I’m glad I had this (AAA).”
The AAA Membership tradition continues in the Stallings family. Stallings and his wife of 14 years, Jennifer, and their two young children travel knowing AAA is just a call away. “I think it’s nice to know that if anything came up, I can call AAA.” says Stallings, 36. “It’s like an insurance policy that you have no matter where you are.”
It’s Stallings 11th season on the PGA Tour. He’s played on hundreds of courses all over the United States. Stallings recommends TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where he plays the PGA Tour’s home event, THE PLAYERS Championship. The course is open to the public. “[TPC Sawgrass] is an incredible test and incredible venue for a golf fan, no matter what your skill level is,” he explains. “It’s something every fan of golf should experience at least once.”
Stallings was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. His family moved to Oak Ridge, near Knoxville, when he was in kindergarten. His dad played golf as a hobby. Stallings played many sports, including golf, but didn’t get serious until middle school and high school. “I kind of fell in love with golf,” he says.
He played golf at Tennessee Tech University, graduated in 2007 and received his PGA Tour card in December 2010.
Traveling 10 months a year has its advantages. Stallings has seen some incredible places while on tour: Carmel-By-The-Sea and Pebble Beach, California; San Antonio, Texas; Scottsdale, Arizona and Wilmington, North Carolina. When he and his wife have time to get away from their home in Knoxville, they frequent Biltmore Estate and AAA Four Diamond-rated The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, as well as Blackberry Farm, a luxury hotel and resort in Walland, Tennessee.