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5’9”...Started playing golf at the age of 4...Credits her father John Gulbis as the individual most influencing her career...Hobbies include working out and running...Has her own calendar...Created The Natalie Gulbis Foundation in 2005…Qualified for the Tour on her first attempt…Has her own Web site, www.nataliegulbis.com.
2012 in a Nutshell
- 22 events, 16 cuts made, $321,472 (42)
- 3 top-10 finishes including a season-best tie for fourth at the Evian Masters Presented by Societe Generale
In 2011, best finish was a tie for 15th at the LPGA State Farm Classic.
In 2010, best finish was a tie for 12th at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
In 2009, qualified for her third U.S. Solheim Cup Team after finishing 10th in the points race, posted a 1-1-1 record for her winning squad; best finish was a tie for seventh at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill; also finished tied for 10th at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay.
In 2008, best finish was a tie for ninth at the RICOH Women's British Open; received the William and Mousie Powell Award.
In 2007, became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the Evian Masters, where she defeated Jeong Jang in a one-hole, suddendeath playoff; crossed the $3 million mark in career earnings with her victory; made her second appearance on the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
In 2006, best finish was runner-up at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger, where she lost to Mi Hyun Kim on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff; crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she tied for third and recorded her best finish in a major championship; one of only two players (Lorena Ochoa) to finish in the top 20 in all four major championships; recorded her second LPGA career hole-in-one during the second round of the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill.
In 2005, best finish was a tie for third at both the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, where she crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings, and State Farm Classic; qualified for her first Solheim Cup and scored three points for the victorious U.S. Team; earned more than $1 million in a season for the first time in her career and set an LPGA record for most money earned in a season without a victory with $1,010,154 (record has since been broken).
In 2004, best finish was a tie for seventh at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez; carded her first LPGA career hole-in-one during the final round of the Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi.
In 2003, tied for 12th at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez for her best finish of the season; carded a career-low 63 in the third round of the Welch’s/Fry’s Championship.
In 2002, tied for fifth at the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic; finished second to Beth Bauer in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race.
In 2001, turned professional in July; tied for third at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 2002 season; won the LPGA Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Venice, Fla., by eight strokes.
At the age of 14, Gulbis won the California Women’s Amateur Championship. That same year, she became the youngest player to Monday qualify for an LPGA tournament (1997, Longs Drugs Challenge), a record that stood until Michelle Wie Monday qualified at the 2002 LPGA Takefuji Classic at age 12. Gulbis represented the state of California in two USGA team championships and was the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship medalist in 1998. She won four collegiate tournaments while at the University of Arizona, including the NCAA West Regional. She was named a First-Team All-American in 2001.