Profile of Alex M. Sloan (USPGA, LM, GSED)
Alex Sloan (Florence, Alabama, USA), has spent more than 50 years teaching golf to players of all skill levels, leaving a huge mark on golfers in the Shoals area.
He went to work at Selma Country Club on January 5th, 1955, after receiving his discharge from the U.S. Air Force.
He became a golf professional at Florence Golf Club in May 1957 and quickly started a golf team at UNA.
The Lions became a highly successful team over the next 15 years, including earning a spot in the NAIA golf championship.
He also taught former Alabama Men's Amateur Champion Jud Stockard. Alex became a member of the Professional Golfers Association of America in 1960 and became a golf professional at the newly formed Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club in October 1960. He began conducting Junior Clinics at the club each summer.
In May 1976, he was chosen Professional of the Year by the Alabama Golf Association.
He was later introduced to "The Golfing Machine" teaching system and became a Dixie Section Senior Champion. He ultimately became a teacher of The Golfing Machine and provided instruction instruction to professionals from several southern states.
He was the 1986 Teacher of the Year with the Dixie Section of the PGA.
He retired from Turtle Point in April 2004 and is still teaches golfing lessons and plays golf where he carries a 9 handicap at the age of 78.
Sloan has special Founder's Day
Times daily Newspaper - Published: October 24. 2007
FLORENCE — In the past decade, North Alabama's golf team has earned a reputation as being among the best programs in Division II.
Recently, the man who founded the golf team was honoured by some of his former players and in a ceremony before last week's UNA-Delta State football game.
Alex Sloan, the long-time area golf professional who started the program and coached it for 15 years, said he was honoured by the ceremony.
'This was most unexpected,' Sloan said at a gathering of his former players before the football game. 'Quite frankly, I'm pleased for them to have this happen. This is not just for me, but for all them.'
Previously, Sloan was honoured at the annual UNA golf team alumni tournament where he was given a plaque to commemorate his involvement with the program.
'Alex is such a good guy,' former player Steve Bradley said.
'He stuck with us all the way.' Sloan said he got the idea to start the golf team when he became the head professional at Florence Country Club in 1957.
'All of the athletic department officials had access to the golf course,' Sloan recalled. 'Coach (Hal) Self would come out to play and one day I asked him where the golf team was. He said the school didn't have one.
'I went down to the college and talked to (basketball coach) Eddie Flowers. He was a golfer, and he was open to starting a team.'
Sloan said Flowers had only one question.
'He asked me how long I'd be willing to work with the golf team,' Sloan said.
Sloan's commitment turned out to be a 15-year run. Sloan, who moved from Florence Country Club to Turtle Point before retiring, said the golf team turned out exactly the way he envisioned.
'We stressed grades before golf. Unfortunately, not all of the players did,' he said, smiling.
Sloan said one of the highlights of his years as the golf team's coach was qualifying for the NAIA championship in Ft. Worth, Texas. To earn a berth in the tournament, Sloan said the Lions had to beat a team from one of the historically black institutions from Mississippi.
'We played at a neutral site — the Boswell course in Birmingham,' he said. 'We got down there early and played a practice round. They showed up at noon and stepped onto the first tee. We beat the socks off of them on the front nine and they beat us pretty bad on the back nine. If we hadn't played a practice round, they would have beaten us.'
These days, UNA's golf team travels throughout the country playing tournaments. When Sloan was coach, it was more of a regional sport.
'I enjoyed it,' Sloan said. 'We took it seriously, but we had fun, too.'
UNA GOLF ENDOWMENT HONORS BURNS AND SLOAN
March 12, 2008
FLORENCE, Ala. – As a former University of North Alabama golfer, Robert Tyree couldn’t think of a better way to honour two influential men in his life, Chris Burns and Alex Sloan. With the support of several of Burns’ and Sloan’s former players, he recently spearheaded the UNA Golf Program Endowment Fund in honour of the two coaches.
“Thousands of juniors have grown up taking lessons with these two men,” Tyree said, “and they have both served their profession far above the call of duty.”
Sloan, who served as head golf professional at Florence Golf & Country Club and then at Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club until retiring in 2004, helped establish the UNA golf team and served as the team’s first coach.
“I had fantastic friendships over those 15 years with the young men I worked with at UNA.” Sloan said. “It was a life experience I would have never missed for the world.”
The new UNA Golf Program Endowment fund will offer golf scholarships while also providing operating expenses for the UNA golf program.
“Mr. Burns and Mr. Sloan have had a positive impact on thousands of lives, and we’re honoured that Robert Tyree and others have chosen to honor them by helping touch more lives through the UNA golf program,” said Dr. Alan Medders, UNA vice president for advancement.
“Mr Turtle Point”
By: Jerry Knight - Published: 07-23-2008
Big-name golfers were in the headlines recently when Stewart Cink hosted his annual Healing Place Charity Championship golf tournament at Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club. The elite club has been in existence for over 48 years.
When I think of Turtle Point, I think of the man who was associated with the club for 44 years: Alex Sloan. After serving in the United States Air Force, Sloan became the golf pro at Florence Country Club in 1957 and was the man who started the first golf team at UNA.
Sloan has spent more than 50 years teaching golf to players of all skill levels. He taught former Alabama Men's Amateur Champion Jud Stockard. In 1960, Sloan became the golf pro at newly formed Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club.
He conducted junior clinics at the club each summer. Many good local golfers owe their skills from lessons they learned from Alex Sloan. In 1976, Sloan was chosen Professional Of The Year by the Alabama Golf Association. Sloan was later introduced to "The Golfing Machine" teaching method and became a Dixie Section Senior Champion.
He soon became a teacher of The Golfing Machine and provided instructions to professionals from Germany, England, Australia and the Far East. Sloan was named 1986 "Teacher Of The Year" with the Dixie Section of the PGA.
Sloan retired from Turtle Point in 2004 and still teaches golfing lessons and plays golf where he carries a 9 handicap at the age of 78.
This spring, Sloan was inducted into the Lauderdale County Sports Hall Of Fame.
I don't think anybody would disagree with the fact that Alex Sloan is certainly "Mr. Turtle Point."
Alex Sloan’s Golfing Machine certificates
The following certificate was awarded to Alex Sloan on the completion of the First Authorized Instructors Course in January 1982. The course was conducted by Mr. Homer Kelley ands those present were Tom Tomasello (USPGA, GSED) Larry Aspenson (USPGA) and Alex Sloan (USPGA, GSED)
The following certificate was given to Mr. Alex Sloan on becoming a GSED (Doctorate). This is the highest award that can be achieved through The Golfing Machine.