Gulbis was born on January 7, 1983 and raised in the Sacramento, California area. She played in her first LPGA Tour event in 1997 as an amateur at the age of 14 (handicap of 2). She then accepted a golf scholarship to the University of Arizona and won the 2000 national champions. After one season at Arizona, Gulbis left college to turn professional in July 2001 at age 18. At the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in October 2001 at Daytona Beach, Florida, Gulbis finished tied for third to earn her card for the 2002 season.
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 championships from the 2005 LPGA Championship to the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Her first professional win came at the July 2007 Evian Masters in France to claim the winner’s prize of $450,000.
In 2012, Natalie was in the SI Swimsuit issue.
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