July 18, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona women's golfer Natalie Gulbis has decided to forego her final three seasons of college eligibility and turn professional.
Gulbis, a 5-foot-9 native of Sacramento, Calif., just completed her freshman year at Arizona and earned first team All-America honors. She recorded six top-10 finishes in 10 tournaments in 2000-01 and ranked second on the team with a 72.50 stroke average. Gulbis collected three individual wins last year, including the NCAA West Regional title. She carded a career-low 207 (-9) in winning the West Regional on May 12, and had five top-five finishes in seven spring events.
"We wish Natalie only the best of luck," said Arizona head coach Greg Allen. "Obviously, we would love to have her back this fall, but she feels the time is right to become a professional."
Gulbis will attempt to earn her LPGA Tour card this August in Qualifying School.
Coach Allen returns six golfers from an Arizona squad that finished 2000-01 ranked No. 2 nationally in the final College Golf Foundation/MasterCard poll.