Chris Rasmussen started hitting Wiffle Balls around the yard and then over the fence when he was 2 1/2.
He played his first 18-hole round with his dad Mike a few months before he turned 3. They had to get out of the house during his sister’s birthday party.
He’s been qualifying for the U.S. Kids World Championships in Pinehurst, N.C., since he was 6.
Now, at 12, he’s collected his firsthole-in-one.
Chris, who will be in seventh grade this fall at St. Wenceslaus grade school in Omaha, got his ace during a Nebraska Junior Golf Tour event at Westwood Heights Golf Course.
He used a 3 wood on the 146-yard No. 2 the second time around the par-3, nine-hole course because he thought it was hitting long that day. And, of course, he won the tournament.
“I was really happy,’’ Chris said.
Chris, who lives in Elkhorn, plays up to four times a week on the junior tour in the summer. Forty-eight events are offered, with a tour championship at Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen at the end of the season. Chris sits second in his division, so he’s in good position to accomplish his goal of qualifying.
He’s also started to take lessons from Tiburon Golf Club pro Jon Peterson.
Chris said that’s what it takes if he’s going to realize his dream of playing on the PGA Tour. That’s why the multi-sport athlete is giving up baseball after this summer.
“It hurts my golf game,’’ he said.
Chris won an NJGT event at Woodland Hills in Eagle, Neb., on Monday, shooting an 81. He’ll play again this week at the Knolls in Lincoln but then wants to concentrate on the Senior Open, which is being held this weekend at the Omaha Country Club.
Freddy Couples is his favorite player.
“He just seems really nice,’’ Chris said, “and he’s pretty good.’’
Chris can’t remember not playing golf. He loves the competition.
There’s only one thing that can ruin a day on the links.
“When I’m not having a good day with hitting the ball,’’ he said.