Natalie Gulbis grew up in Sacramento, Calif., and made her debut on the LPGA Tour at 14. She was the youngest player to ever qualify for an LPGA event until Michelle Wie did it in 2002 as a 12 year old. That year, Gulbis also won the California Women's Amateur Championship.
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Gulbis attended the University of Arizona, where she was teammates with Lorena Ochoa. Gulbis spent only one year in college, winning four tournaments and earning All-American honors before going pro.
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Gulbis earned her LPGA card in 2001 after finishing tied for third at qualifying school.
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Gulbis nearly won her first career LPGA tournament in 2006. She shot a final-round 65 at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic but lost on the third playoff hole to Mi Hyun Kim.
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In 2006, Paula Creamer and Gulbis hit the Oscar parties together in Beverly Hills.
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A back injury early in 2007 led Gulbis to renew her focus on fitness.
"It turned out to be a blessing in disguise," she said. "It taught me a lot about practice, and the quality of practice. It helped me to take better care of my body."
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Gulbis visited fashion week in the fall of 2007 in NYC.
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As Gulbis' game established her as a regular presence on the leaderboard, her calendars and modeling work continued.
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Natalie Gulbis's calendars have been a hit for years, and she happily autographs them for fans at shows throughout the country.
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"I think the low moments are not when you get in the hunt and you lose. I think the lower moments are when you miss cuts, or you're just not playing well. I think every athlete goes through that. But the closer I was getting, as long as I was in the top 10, it was great confidence and very positive for me to continue to work in the right direction."
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Tagged as golf's Anna Kournikova looks good, never wins Gulbis won her first event, the Evian Masters in France, in 2007.
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Gulbis says her one addiction is music. "I always have an iPod on. When I'm on a plane, when I'm working out, when I'm traveling, I love to listen to music or to books on tape."
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Gulbis, who is represented by IMG, caddied for the company's owner, Ted Forstmann, at the 2008 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Vijay Singh, who played with Forstmann, is also a client.
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