Archive for December, 2013

Happy New Year!!

I trust everyone had a wonderful Christmas to wrap up 2013. Christmas is my favorite time of year and I thoroughly enjoyed not having to shovel snow as I celebrated it in Houston this year! New Years and 2014 is right on our doorstep. It is always exciting to ponder what possibilities the new year will hold for us. I plan to make website updates a more consistent routine for 2014. I do apologize for leaving many of you in the dark over the last several months. There were a lot of changes that took place and as a result I found myself with little spare time to update.

I do want to thank everyone for all their support. It means a lot each time I receive a text, tweet, email, or even website comments from all of you following from all over the world. Thank you so much for the motivation!

To recap, 2013 was my first year on the Tour. It was a disappointing overall year for me when I looked at the statistics and results. The stretch of 7 missed cuts in a row really put a damper on the first half of the season. I seemed to turn things around in Utah finishing tied for 7th. I followed that up with a tie for 6th in Kansas City. My momentum continued into the Canadian Open where I made the cut but couldn’t quite shoot myself up the leaderboard on the weekend. Without a doubt the high point of my year was when I got married to my absolutely wonderful wife Casey at my home course Tobiano in Kamloops, British Columbia. It was a great week filled with adventure, laughs, and tears with our closest friends and family. I finished my first year on the Tour a couple weeks later in Omaha, where I missed out on the playoffs but secured conditional status for 2014 at 87th on the money list.

Knowing I had to go back to Qschool to improve my status, I chose to take the month of September as my off season. I took some much needed time away from the game to enjoy the first months of marriage, as well as let my mind and body recover from what was a chaotic and fast paced summer. October came around and I finally picked up my golf clubs energized to get better. I analyzed my year and came to realize I played with a complete lack of trust all year. Expectations of myself changed because I was playing at a higher level. Instead of trusting the process it takes for Roger Sloan to win on the PGA Tour I was forcing myself to hit the middle of the fairways, avoiding disaster by playing away from trouble, ultimately not trusting in my abilities to hit the shot needed. October was where I changed my way of thinking and recommitted to the process. I trusted in who I was, and how I play golf(my identity) at second stage of Qschool, finishing 3rd to advance to the finals. At final stage I again trusted in my identity and played wonderful golf through the first 4 rounds. The last 9 holes in the 5th round was when adversity struck and I ended up shooting a 72 to put myself outside the number heading into the final round. As I unwound that night I was tempted to change my strategy and force a great round the next day. However, I reminded myself to trust my identity, to continue doing the things I was focused on. As a result, a few putts dropped and it added up to a final round 63 and full status on the Tour for 2014. It was a great way to finish 2013 and a testament to golf’s key to success; committing to the process.

For those of you wondering, the new season starts the first week of February in Panama City, Panama. It is great to see many more Canadians obtain status on the Tour this year. The full schedule has not been released yet. We have been told the schedule will be ready for release in the first two weeks of January. They have been working on some last minute additions which many of you may find exciting.

To wrap up, 2013 had some ups as well as some downs, but I am taking what I learned from it all and applying it to the many opportunities 2014 will bring in my life. Heading into the new year I encourage you to do the same whether it is on the golf course, in the office, or in your personal life. There are always lessons to be learned from every situation that can be applied to help each and everyone of us improve. Cheers to 2014 and getting better!!

-Roger Sloan