Gulbis’ date of birth is January 7, 1983. She was born as Natalie Anne Gulbis and is originally from Sacramento, California though she also has a Latvian ancestry. In many interviews, she has spoken about her happy and cherished childhood which she spent with her family – as an only child. Natalie attended Granite Bay High School from where she graduated at sixteen, after accepting a golf scholarship to the University of Arizona; fun trivia: there she was teammates with fellow freshman, Lorena Ochoa, the top-ranked female golfer in the world for 158 consecutive and total weeks. After a year in Arizona, she gave up college to become a professional golfer at the age of 18.
Her family was very supportive of her in her journey, throughout her life. Her father’s name is John Gulbis, and her mother’s name is Barbara Gulbis. The parents didn’t take long to realize that Natalie was indeed a child with a hidden talent. At a very early stage, she started showing interest in golf. At the age of seven, she became the winner of a title and 7 years later, in 1997, she entered the LPGA Tour event for the first time, as an amateur; and she was just 14 years old!
As a professional, the beautiful and lively Natalie debuted her career in October 2001 at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, where she finished tied for third to earn her card for the 2002 season. After several years of playing professionally, she managed to win the tournament at the sixth season on tour. But still, even before that, the renowned golf player had claimed her rightful spot in the sixth place of the LPGA money list, on her fourth season (in 2005), gathering more than $1 million. In addition, she has made the cut to the top ten more than once.
Of course, as it happens with all sports players, time is against them. Natalie’s world ranking in 2006 was 19, while in 2016 she was number 658 on the same list. For the record, it is mentioned that the list is conducted at the end of each calendar year.
However, Natalie had a strong relationship with business and the media for her looks as well, other than her golf oriented achievements. Specifically, the once considered sex symbol, released a calendar in 2005 which featured her not only playing golf, but also in striking poses in swimwear. Unfortunately, the United States Golf Association (USGA) deemed it inappropriate and banned its circulation at the event. But that’s not all.
Natalie also began her very own monthly advice column in FHM, in 2006 while a year before that, November 2005, she started her own TV reality show ‘The Natalie Gulbis Show’. In addition, she has appeared on numerous other shows and series such us the Celebrity Apprentice, The Price Is Right and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; not to mention the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, where she appeared wearing nothing but body paint! Thanks to all those activities mentioned above, she earns a handsome salary and has been able to earn from her games, reaching a total net worth of $4,892,233.
Natalie got married to her boyfriend, Josh Rodarmel in 2013 The latter was a football player for Yale and was a highly touted high school recruit. After college he and his brother started Power Balance. The couple they stayed back in the Bahamas and celebrated their honeymoon after Gulbis’ LPGA tournament was over of course. She also shared the images of her wedding on the social networking sites like twitter and Instagram. She was reportedly very happy since she accepted a marriage proposal by her husband. Her husband has a company of athletic wrist bands called the Power Balance Bracelet. She is happy to have him in her life and is very excited to be his wife. They got married just two days, before the Christmas of 2013.
Before her marriage with Josh Rodamel, she was dating the professional golfer Dustin Johnson, who was three years younger than her. But Johnson insisted that he was not dating her. He said that he was sick of the gossips about him and Natalie. He agreed that they spent time together, but refused that any kind of relationship ever existed between them. What’s also surprisingly interesting about Natalie but was not known until only recently, is her relationship with President Donald Trump. After the latter took office, she talked openly about him in more than once occasions. In an interview she said:
“No matter where I go, people want to know about The Donald. What's he like? How's his golf game? Do you still keep in touch? The list goes on. In short, I've played many rounds with him. He's a good player (and a sneaky-great putter). He has always made time for my calls, and has offered some great advice over the years. If I could only tell you one thing about him, it's that he's probably the hardest working individual I've ever met.” A few lines later she openly refused to comment his involvement in politics and kept things more on the other side. She called him gracious, generous and inspiring and added that “political rhetoric about Trump's misogynistic "war on women" to be inconsistent with the Trump I know.” If anything, it seems that Natalie’s statement created more controversy than before. In any case, she still is considered a great golf player and a very beautiful and lively woman.
Last Modified: Apr 8, 2020