Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Saturday, October 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 42° Partly Cloudy
Sports

14-Year-Old Not Par For Tour Lpga Has Youngest-Ever Qualifier For Tournament This Week In California

By Associated Press

Natalie Gulbis, 14, won’t be able to take her high school finals this week - she’s playing in an LPGA tournament.

LPGA deputy commissioner Jim Webb said Gulbis is the youngest player ever to qualify for a women’s pro golf event.

Gulbis, a freshman at Granite Bay High School in Citrus Heights, Calif., will be competing in the Longs Drugs Challenge. She shot a 6-over-par 78 to gain one of the two qualifying spots Monday.

“I thought I would have to shoot 74 or 75, so I’m surprised,” Gulbis said. “I’m just trying not to get too nervous.”

Gulbis, a former gymnast who began playing golf at age 4, is the No. 1 player on her high school boys team. Last summer, she shot her best round, a 3-under-par 67 on a course in West Sacramento.

“I played OK until the final few holes,” said Gulbis of her qualifying round. “But I had a couple of bogeys and a double bogey, and that wasn’t so good.”

Gulbis finished second in the 1996 California State Amateur tournament. She also advanced to the 1995 California State Amateur matchplay round but was disqualified when two of her playing partners from a previous round said she signed an incorrect scorecard.

Gulbis, 5-foot-6, has a particularly good short game and is a skilled driver.

Wordcount: 222
Tags: biography

Subscribe to the sports newsletter

Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.

You have been successfully subscribed!
There was a problem subscribing you to the newsletter. Double check your email and try again, or email webteam@spokesman.com