Cole Sajonia is just like any other 10-year-old getting ready to enter the fifth grade at Joseph this year: almost. Sajonia's summertime schedule not only involves playing with his friends, it also includes 10 golf tournaments on the junior golf circuit. He played in Oregon and Idaho over the summer, capturing four titles.
The two biggest tournaments included the Idaho State Junior Championship which Sajonia won for the second year in a row after playing nine holes per day last Monday and Tuesday at Boise Ranch Golf Course in Boise, Idaho. Sajonia had a three shot lead heading into the final hole shooting an 82 to win by two stroke over Ty Travis of Eagle, Idaho. His other wins were in Ontario, Boise and Caldwell, Idaho.
The Joseph youngster had a second place finish at the Oregon State Championship earlier in the summer after shooting an 83 in match play. Jarek Swanson of Forest Grove was the medalist, finishing with an 82.
Sajonia said that Tiger Woods is his golfing idol. Both he and Tiger started
playing golf around age one and a half and Woods strives to be the best golfer in the world. "That's what I want to do too," he said.
To become the best takes patience and practice. "It's not practice that makes perfect, it's practice that makes perfection. You can't be perfect at everything," Sajonia said. "That's my favorite Tiger saying," he added.
When Sajonia's not on the golf course, he has spent the summer like any other ten year old playing with his friends. " It's always good to play with your friends and take a few days off from golf," he said.