Slaymaker was a decorated golfer at Mount Mercy from 2000-04. He held the school record for career scoring average (75.22) from 2004-12 and was inducted into the Mount Mercy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. A native of Center Point, Iowa, Slaymaker was a two-time NAIA all-American (2003, 2004) and NAIA all-region performer. He also garnered all-conference honors three times (2001, 2002, 2004) and was a three-time academic all-conference selection. Since graduating in 2004, Slaymaker has played in more than 80 professional events and also caddied professionally for the LPGA's developmental tour, the Symetra Tour, while traveling to Canada, Mexico, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.