Players Full Name: Cole Thomas-Eli Ponich
Graduation Year: 2019
High School you attend: Davis High School (Kaysville, UT)
Players Height: 5’9
Players Weight: 125
Country you live in: USA
I am 16 years old, in my Sophomore year of high school, and have been golfing since the age of 2. I’ve dreamed of playing golf at the collegiate level since I started playing in regional and national junior golf tournaments at the age of 5. My dream is to be a member of an NCAA Division I Championship Team. I know playing golf at the collegiate level will not only help me to obtain my academic goals but will be a stepping stone to my ultimate goal of becoming a professional golfer on the PGA Tour .
I am a team leader and always lead by example. I’m very coachable and strive to be one of the hardest working golfers and recruits you’ll find. I’m willing to go above and beyond what it takes to play golf at the collegiate level. I am self motivated, self-disciplined and not intimidated to play with older more experienced players. I excel both in team and individual sports. I have a positive attitude at all times on the golf course and I’m a positive influence to my teammates on and off the field or court. My coaches have always enjoyed having me on their team. I’m confident any collegiate golf coach will be proud to have me represent them, their university and their team.
In the classroom I study hard and maintain a 3.9 or above GPA, while also being a member of the National Junior Honor Society. From 2011 – 2014, I was enrolled at the Utah Virtual Academy. This enabled me the flexibility to complete my school work while allowing me to work on my golf game and attend many regional and national tournaments throughout the United States. I attended Kaysville Junior High School for 9th grade and I was the only Freshman to play on the Davis High School Varsity Golf Team. I am starting my Sophomore year at Davis High this fall and look forward to another successful year of high school golf. My goal is to win a 5A High School State Championship both individually and as a team.
I’ve won many junior golf tournaments and was the youngest player in the 116 year history of UT Men’s State Am to qualify at the age of 13. In 2015 my high school team won the 5A Region II Championship and finished 3rd at the 5A State Championships. I also won the 5A Region II Individual Title and finished 2nd in the 5A Individual State Championships. I posted scores of 68 and 63 at the 5A State Championships and missed the Individual title by one stroke. I am most proud of my score of 59 to set the course record at Lakeside Golf Course and shooting -9 in the final round of the high school state championships to lead my team to the lowest team score in the final round. In 2016 my high school won it’s second straight 5A Region Title and I won my second straight 5A Region Title shooting every round under par for the season. I am the 2016 UJGA Player of the year for boys 15-18.
My dad has been my caddie, my mentor and my coach since I started playing golf. I practice many hours every day to improve an area of my game that will help give me a competitive edge over my opponents. I know that I have the skills and the mental strength necessary to play at the highest levels of competitive golf. I have never had a professional lesson other than attending junior golf clinics and camps. Golf comes naturally to me and I love the game for the social and competitive aspects. There’s nothing more fun than a friendly rivalry with my best buddies and / or teammates on the golf course.
At this point I have not chosen a major for college. However, my plan is to attend a college where I can excel both in the classroom and on the golf course. I have chosen to verbally commit to play collegiate golf at UCLA – Class of 2019. I am excited to be part of the Bruin family and look forward to playing under the leadership of Head Coach Derek Freeman and Assistant Coach Andrew Larkin. I know the future teams that are being put together at UCLA will have a great chance of winning an NCAA Championship and I am excited to be a part of the team. I believe that both Coach Freeman and Coach Larkin will provide the best support and guidance to help me become a great collegiate golfer and achieve my ultimate goal of playing on the PGA Tour. I hope to become a great role model to all my peers and continue to make my parents proud of my academic and athletic accomplishments.
Tournament Resume: (List up to your Ten Best Tournaments within the past two years)
- 2016 UT Open – Finished 53 / 152
- 2016 UJGA Mountainland Junior – Boys 15-18 Champion
- 2016 UT US Junior Amateur Qualifier – US Junior Amateur Championships Finish 80/156
- 2016 UT Junior Optimist Qualifier – Boys 15-18 Champion / National Tournament Finish 24th
- 2016 UT PGA Junior Champion – PGA Junior Championship finished T49
- 2016 UJGA IMG Junior World Qualifier – Finished T74 at National Tournament at Torrey Pines
- 2016 UJGA Jay Don Blake Junior – Boys 15-17 Champion
- 2016 UJGA Spring Junior – Boys 15-17 Co-Champion
- 2015 5A High School Championships – Individual Runner Up
- 2015 5A High School Region 2 – Individual Champion
- 2015 IMG Junior World Florida Challenge – Boys 13-15 Champion
Upcoming Tournament Schedule:
- FCG National Championship – Steele Canyon – California December 28-30, 2016
- USGA Four Ball Championship Qualifier – Partner is Charlie Reiter, USC Commnit.
List Two References: (Swing Coach, Mentor, High School Coach, Other)