Stallings: 'The score's important, but it's not everything'

04/16/2013 8:27 PM

04/16/2013 10:10 PM

PGA Tour player Scott Stallings compared his faith to his role as a new father at the Christian Heritage Breakfast on Tuesday at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island.

Stallings and his wife, Jennifer, travel with their son, Finn, born nine weeks ago.

"He's been on five flights already," Stallings said.

He said his son is totally dependent on them, and the subject of all their love. Yet there's nothing the child has done to earn it or deserve it, and there's little he can offer in return.

Stallings said that is like his relationship with God: He is like the baby, and God is like the father.

"That's the relationship God wants from us," he said.

Stallings said the baby also helps him keep the game in perspective.

"Whether I shoot a 60 or an 80, when I see (Finn) at the 18th green, nothing else matters," he said.

He said that, too, is like his faith. For too many golfers, their identity is wrapped up in their scores.

"I'm more than a golfer," he said. "I'm a father, a Christian, a husband. That score's important, but it's not everything."

He said he keeps reminders with him on the course by marking his golf balls with favorite Scriptures, usually Philippians 4:13 or Micah 6:8.

Stallings said someone he played with in a pro-am straightened out his way of thinking on the Philippians passage: "For I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength."

He said he was focusing on "I can" instead of "through Christ."

" 'Through Christ' is a little bit different than 'through me,' " he said.

The Christian Heritage Breakfast started 17 years ago, is hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Lowcountry Men of the Church organization.

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