An interesting article an interview with Natalie Gulbis:Q&A: Golfer Natalie Gulbis optimistic for 2009
Sacramento native Natalie Gulbis, 26, has big plans for 2009. Among them: winning an LPGA major championship, surviving the editing process of "Celebrity Apprentice" and getting a pro-am started locally to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs. Coming off a 56th-place finish on the LPGA Tour money list, her worst since turning pro in 2002, she's optimistic about getting her game back on track.
How's your game?
It's good. The last event I played was the Lexus Cup in December, which we won. I got to play in the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge a week before that, so I ended the year on a good note.
Any specific goals for 2009?
Win a major.
Where will Annika Sorenstam's absence be felt most on the LPGA Tour?
Every single week on tour. Every time she played in an event, she brought something special from a fans' and sponsors' standpoint. She's the best ever to play her sport, and not having that every week means it's just not going to be the same.
What will you miss most about not having her on tour?
She's one of my best friends on tour. I was just at her wedding a week ago. I will miss seeing her and playing practice rounds with her. We have a tradition where we rented a house together for the British Open. It will different this year just not having her around.
What player makes you laugh the most over 18 holes?
Christina Kim. She's very open and honest. She says exactly what she thinks. She and Helen Alfredsson.
Of the other 15 cast members on "Celebrity Apprentice," who were you most surprised by?
Dennis Rodman, by far. When the camera was on him, he was Dennis Rodman the unpredictable entertainer. When the camera was off, we just talked about sports. We talked about the Sacramento Kings all the time.
Any anxiety over the editing process and how you might be portrayed?
Absolutely. It's a wild show. It's not the No. 1 show on NBC because it's conservative. It was wild when they shot it. The way they ended it is wild. It's a very entertaining show, and if it tells you that it's going to be exciting, it's a two-hour show for 2009 so you know they had some pretty good content. I'll be keeping an eye on things and hoping with every episode that things turn out OK.
In a Natalie Gulbis pie chart, what are the major percentages?
Fifty percent daughter and friend, 25 percent golfer, 10 percent businesswoman.
The word around Sacramento is that you're interested in hosting a one-day touring pro and celebrity-laden charity tournament here?
Yes. I had no idea how hard it was going to be. I've been working on this for three years. It's so challenging to put it all together, but the chances get better every conversation we have. I have a new team since 2009. I'm with IMG now – they're the largest sports management and marketing firm in the world. I think this team will be able to get it done. We'll have this thing on the calendar, if not in the spring, then maybe the fall in 2009.
On behalf of your Sacramento following, I would be remiss if I didn't give you an opportunity to shed some light on your romantic life. Interested?
No comment. Not interested. Not until the day I get married will it become public knowledge. It's always an ongoing challenge – you're so public as a celebrity and athlete, you work really hard to keep one thing to yourself.http://www.sacbee.com/sports/story/1560569.html?mi_rss=Sports