Gulbis to speak at Republican National Convention

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Updated at 6:05 a.m. ET, July 15

Tim Tebow announced that he would not be speaking at the Republican National Convention.

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Natalie Gulbis is on the roster of speakers scheduled to appear at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, according to The New York Times.

Gulbis, the LPGA veteran, is among Donald Trump’s “eclectic collection of friends, celebrities and relatives” selected to “broaden Mr. Trump’s demographic reach” as the party’s presumptive nominee, according to a report in Wednesday’s edition.

IMG, which represents Gulbis, on Thursday confirmed she is scheduled to appear.

Last month, Gulbis wrote a story for Golf.com titled, “The Donald Trump I know.”

In the story, Gulbis explained how Trump has guided her with advice since she first got to know him 12 years ago.

“I realize he has made his share of controversial remarks, but in my experience, I have found him to be gracious, generous and inspiring,” she wrote. “He encouraged me to look at myself as a brand and as a professional golfer with a huge platform to grow the game of golf, regardless of my gender. Because of that, I have always found political rhetoric about Trump’s misogynistic `war on women’ to be inconsistent with the Trump I know.”

Gulbis wrote that Trump was adamant that she should request and fight for equal pay that men were receiving as she marketed her brand.

“He believed any notion that I should accept less money than a PGA Tour player for appearances or endorsement contracts was just plain wrong,” Gulbis wrote. “His advice proved invaluable for me in my career, and I owe much of my success to his idea of staying true to my convictions and not being afraid to rock the boat.”

Other sports notables scheduled to speak, according to the report, are former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White.