Kris Ventura makes PGA Tour debut, shares classic photo with Tiger Woods

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Kris Ventura makes PGA Tour debut, shares classic photo with Tiger Woods

23-year-old Mexican-born Kristoffer Ventura first picked up the game of golf after receiving a plastic set of clubs for Christmas at the age of two. 

Four years later his mother took him to his first U.S. Kids Golf tournament in Virginia. Ventura's first-place finish took his commitment to the game to a whole new level. 

The Ventura family picked up and left for Norway in what would become an important move for Kris's golf game. 

Ventura quickly became one of the best young golfers in the country, representing the European side at the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup, finishing second at the 2012 European Nations Cup and representing Norway twice at the World Amateur Team Championships (2012 and 2014). 

Before Charlotte and Carlos (Kris's parents) knew it, coaches from some of the best U.S. college golf programs were traveling overseas to recruit their son. 

After initially committing to Arizona State, Ventura had a change of heart and instead spent four years at Oklahoma State University. 

Ventura enjoyed a successful career as a Cowboy both on the golf course and in the classroom, earning first-team All-Big 12 recognition all four years while earning third-team All-American honors as a sophomore. He also was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick as a junior and second-team All-Big 12 pick this past May as a senior. 

Among his wide array of accomplishments, there's one thing missing: a championship. That was what he and his OSU teammates set out to accomplish during the 2018 season. 

On May 30, the team celebrated a 2018 Division I men's golf national championship on its home course, dominating Alabama in finals match play at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

One former Cowboy showed up to support his former team and his friendship with Ventura dates back to 2014, at least. 

For Ventura, an NCAA championship title wasn't the only thing on his list. 

From a very young age, he had his sights set on reaching the PGA Tour. 

His dream came true on Thursday during the first round of the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac. 

In an Instagram post last week, Ventura thanked the Tiger Woods Foundation for the opportunity and shared a photo from his childhood that has since circled all throughout golf social media: 

Although Ventura failed to make it to the weekend with rounds of 73 and 70, don't be surprised if you're seeing the young talent on future leaderboards sooner rather than later.