Natalie Anne Gulbis
(born January 7, 1983) is an American professional golfer
descent who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour
Gulbis started finding interest in the game at the early age of four; by the time she reached age seven, she had won her first tournament, and at age ten, she was breaking par.
She played in her first LPGA tour event in 1997
as an amateur
at the age of 14 (handicap of 2). Gulbis was the top player on the boys golf team at Granite Bay High School
and graduated at age 16, then accepted a golf scholarship to the University of Arizona
, the 2000 national champions, where she was a teammate of fellow freshman Lorena Ochoa
. After one season with the Wildcats, Gulbis left college in Tucson
to turn professional
in July 2001 at age 18. At the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School
in October 2001 at Daytona Beach
, Gulbis finished tied for third to earn her card for the 2002
Although Gulbis did not win a tournament until her sixth season on tour, she finished sixth on the LPGA money list in her fourth season with over $1 million in earnings in 2005
. She placed in the top 10 in four consecutive major......