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New Trier grad Slaven back hitting the links
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 1 Sep 2011, p. 57

Harness, Matt, Author
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New Trier Michael Slaven qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur after a four-year hiatus, and qualified in the top half of the field.
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1 Sep 2011
Date Of Event:
24 Aug 2011
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New Trier Township High School
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When Mike Slaven played his first U.S. Amateur in 2002, golf consumed his life. At the time, Slaven was a college player at Miami (Ohio), and he considered pursuing golf as a profession. But after finishing up in Oxford, Slaven gave the game a rest. "I Stopped playing competitively," said the 2000 New Trier graduate. "It was mainly because of burnout. I worked so hard at it for so long."

Slowly, Slaven started to miss the

game and decided to re-enter the

world of amateur golf. Slaven qualified for the US. Mid-Amateur for past

two years. And nearly a decade after

his first appearnce at the U.S. Amateur, Slaven played his way back to

one of golf's biggest events.

"I took about a four-year hiatus,"

said the 29-year old, who works as

a real estate developer and lives in

downtown Chicago. "But I got the

itch again, and I started working on

At Erin Hills, in Wisconsin, Slaven

shot 75-71 for a 146 and missed the

match-play cut by four strokes. He

finished in the top half of the 3l5-player field dominated by college players. Patrick Cantlay, the consensus

top-ranked amateur in the world, is a

sophomore at UCLA

"I am able to enjoy it more now,"

said Slaven, who plays at Olympic

Fields. "I love golf more now than

I did when I was a kid, and I think I

am a better player than I have been. I had a really tremendous experience this time. I have matured a lot since I played the first one."

Slaven at one time struggled with

his game. But before his sophomore

year at New Trier, he visited teaching

pro Joe Boscq a fixture on the North

Shore. Bosco helped Slaven unlock

his natural ability.

"He was far away from the talent

pool at New Trier," Bosco said. But

Mchael was a good athlete, and he

was dedicated to the game.

Slaven went on to the win the state

championship as a senior in 1999. He's one of two Trevians to win a state title, along with Bernie Magnusssen (1955).

'Joe really shaped me as a player,"

said Slaven, who on Friday recorded

his first hole-in-one while playing at

Green Acres in Northbrook. "He was

not only a swing coach to me but he

shaped me as a player, mentally, to be

able to handle the pressures of amateur golf and to compete at the highest level. I wouldn't be where I am

today without him."

Next up, Slaven will attempt to

qualify for his third consecutive U.S.

Mid-Amateur this year at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas, September 17-22.

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New Trier grad Slaven back hitting the links