From the very beginning, it seemed like Natalie Gulbis was drawn to golf. Starting at the age of four, she would tag along with her father to the local Sacramento golf courses and picked up the game from him. By age seven she won her first tournament, and by age 10 she was breaking par.
At the age of 14, she was the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event (Michelle Wie, at the age of 12 broke that mark in 2002), playing in the Longs Drugs Challenge. After high school, she received a scholarship to play collegiate golf at the University of Arizona, the defending NCAA champs at the time. As a freshman in 1999, she won three tournaments and earned All-America honors. The summer before her sophomore, she made the cut at the US Women's Open and went on to tie for 34th place as an amateur. Shortly thereafter, she earned female MVP honors at the USA-Japan Collegiate Golf Championship.
Natalie Gulbis became a full-time LPGA Tour Professional in 2002. During her rookie year, she had two top-10 finishes and ended up second behind Beth Bauer in the Rolex Rookie of the Year race. She became a winner on the LPGA Tour for the first time at the 2007 Evian Masters and played on the last three Solheim Cup teams (2005, 2007, 2009).
Natalie is extremely popular with her fans. When asked who the stars of the LPGA Tour are, the usual responses will include Natalie Gulbis. She has made appearances on TV shows such as The Apprentice, CSI, Price is Right and The ESPY's.
|AWARDS, HONORS & RECORDS|
|1998||US Women's Amateur Medalist|
|2008||William and Mousie Powell Award|
|LPGA TOUR VICTORIES (1)|
|OTHER VICTORIES (2)|
|2007||Wendy's 3-Tour Challe
(with Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel)
|2009||Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge
(with Cristie Kerr and Suzann Petter)
|NATIONAL TEAMS (3)|