Natalies Life On Camera

By George WhiteApril 19, 2005, 4:00 pm
So, what does a nice young woman do when she isnt doing golf? If shes 23-year-old Natalie Gulbis, she lets the world know what she is doing via The Golf Channel.
Natalie will be the focus of a reality show called, appropriately, Natalie. She has signed up for six shows, the first of which will air July 19th. The shows will air once a week and show Gulbis doing ' I dont know, whatever a young woman does for six weeks.
Natalie Gulbis
Natalie Gulbis currently sits in 20th on the 2005 LPGA money list.
I would think it would be fairly difficult to come up with enough interesting stuff to keep people on the edge of their seats for that length of time. But maybe it wouldnt be in Natalies case. She has quite an active golf presence, what with tournaments, girl things, and then her work with Butch Harmon. And she lives on the outskirts of Las Vegas ' an active social life would seem to follow. She has a close relationship with Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
What else? Well, youll need to watch the shows to find out.
What prompted her to allow the cameras close access to her personal life? What prompted me is that there has not been a tour player yet to have a reality TV show, she said. And apparently she feels that a tour player would be a good candidate for a reality series, with the opportunity to show the world what she does on a daily basis.
As far as it being invasive, it has not been too bad so far, said Natalie. It is not like when I wake up in the morning, there is a microphone on me or a camera when I roll out of bed. A lot of it is stop-and-go kind of stuff with different events.
They just shot (the) swimsuit photo shoot for my new calendar, and that is real easy because it does not have anything to do with my golf. I just have a microphone on every now and then and they shoot it. They shoot some of the stuff behind the scenes, so it has been good.
Ah, the swimsuit photos. Gulbis has a calendar out in which she poses in, among other things, swimsuits. It's nice, because there's not a lot of calendars out there that sell, she said. There's not a lot of female athletes out there right now that have calendars.

So far, she hasnt yet mastered the art of simply ignoring the cameras and microphones. She notices them more sometimes than at others, but she is always aware that they are in the background.
Oh yeah, of course you are, she said. My swimsuit shoot that I did last year, I just had a photographer. This year (when TGC was doing its show), I actually had three cameras going around all the time.
They see you when you get up in the morning without makeup on, so you definitely are (aware of them). But it hasnt been too bad.
Natalie Gulbis
Natalie Gulbis won four times and earned All-America honors at the University of Arizona.
Gulbis is, of course, a golfer. But that doesnt mean she automatically would pick The Golf Channel to film her show. But she says she was convinced that TGC was the proper fit when it became apparent that others had the focus on - well, conflict.
A few of the other ones we were looking at were going to be trying to get a little more away from golf, explained Natalie. We were looking at one and it was going to a little more on my father and I, and they were looking for conflict, and stuff like that.
The Golf Channel was a perfect fit. They were going to show my life as basically what I am, and as athlete.'
Two episodes have already been shot, with four to follow. Gulbis is hopeful that the series will be renewed for another six episodes.
I remember Peter Jacobsens show (on The Golf Channel) when he did that with Sign Boy, and that was good, she recalled. That was fun to watch, because they were in different cities all the time, and you kind of get into the characters like all the other reality TV shows. You really get inside that persons life and you really start to follow the characters and want to see how it is going every week, something that you tune into.
But she wants to share what makes Natalie run. The show's producers, Natalie says, have made it easy on me. And starring in a reality show has been interesting ' it is just one more portion of a life that has gotten a little crowded.
So far it has not been too bad, she said of the filming. You just schedule it like everything else like appointments.
You have priorities of what is important to you and you put golf in the block of time as what is important to you and your down time as to what is important to you. And for me, my workouts are important to me. Then you try to fit everything else into the other time.
It is kind of fun to have a lot of things to do. It is when you have those six hours to do nothing, what do you do, watch TV? I have a lot of things going and it has been real exciting for me.
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    Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 7:20 pm

    Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.

    Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
    (1) D. Johnson: 0-2-0 (2) J. Thomas: 1-0-0 (3) J. Rahm: 0-0-1 (4) J. Spieth: 2-0-0
    (32) K. Kisner: 0-0-1 (21) F. Molinari: 1-0-0 (28) K. Aphibarnrat: 1-0-0 (19) P. Reed: 2-0-0
    (38) A. Hadwin: 1-0-1
    (48) P. Kizzire: 0-1-0 (43) C. Reavie: 0-1-0 (34) H. Li: 0-2-0
    (52) B. Wiesberger: 1-0-0
    (60) L. List: 0-1-0 (63) K. Bradley: 0-0-1 (49) C. Schwartzel: 0-2-0
    Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
    (5) H. Matsuyama: 1-0-0 (6) R. McIlroy: 0-1-0 (7) S. Garcia: 1-0-0 (8) J. Day: 1-0-0
    (30) P. Cantlay: 0-1-0
    (18) B. Harman: 0-0-1 (20) X. Schauffele: 1-0-0 (25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-0-0
    (46) C. Smith: 1-0-0 (44) J. Vegas: 0-0-1 (41) D. Frittelli: 0-1-0 (42) J. Dufner: 0-1-0
    (53) Y. Miyazato: 0-1-0 (51) P. Uihlein: 1-0-0 (62) S. Sharma: 0-1-0 (56) J. Hahn: 0-1-0
    Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
    (9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0 (10) P. Casey: 1-0-0 (11) M. Leishman: 0-1-0 (12) T. Hatton: 1-0-0
    (26) D. Berger: 0-2-0 (31) M. Fitzpatrick: 0-1-0 (23) B. Grace: 0-1-0 (22) C. Hoffman: 0-1-0
    (33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0 (45) K. Stanley: 1-0-0 (35) B. Watson: 1-0-0 (36) B. Steele: 1-0-0
    (58) I. Poulter: 2-0-0 (51) R. Henley: 0-1-0 (64) J. Suri: 1-0-0 (55) A. Levy: 0-1-0
    Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
    (13) A. Noren: 2-0-0 (14) P. Mickelson: 0-1-0 (15) P. Perez: 0-0-1 (16) M. Kuchar: 0-0-1
    (29) T. Finau: 2-0-0 (17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-0-0 (24) G. Woodland: 0-0-1 (27) R. Fisher: 0-1-0
    (39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0 (40) S. Kodaira: 0-1-0 (37) W. Simpson: 0-0-1 (47) Y. Ikeda: 1-0-0
    (61) K. Na: 0-2-0 (59) C. Howell III: 1-0-0 (50) S.W. Kim: 0-0-1 (54) Z. Johnson: 0-0-1
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    Watch: Bubba hits 366-yard tee shot ... with an iron

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 22, 2018, 6:47 pm

    You know Bubba Watson is plenty long off the tee. And when you put a little wind to his back and let him hit downhill, the ball is bound to travel a great distance.

    But, still, this is a 366-yard tee shot at the par-4 ninth hole at Austin C.C. ... with an iron. Yeah, it runs for a long time. But, again, 366 ... with an iron.

    Watson won the hole with a par and made the turn, 2 up, in his Day 2 match against Marc Leishman at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

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    Romo starts hot, stumbles to 77 in PGA Tour debut

    By Will GrayMarch 22, 2018, 5:14 pm

    There was plenty of good, but also plenty of bad for Tony Romo in his PGA Tour debut.

    Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 4-8.

    The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:

    But the back nine wasn't as kind for the 37-year-old, who dropped five shots in a four-hole stretch from Nos. 13-16. It added up to a 5-over 77 in the opening round, which left Romo ahead of only Guy Boros among the players who had finished in the morning wave.

    "I hit two poor tee balls. Just didn't commit to it, and ultimately just got put in a tough spot where you're just trying to make par," Romo said. "I hit a lot of good shots, and they ended up a couple times in some poor spots. But you learn the golf course as you play it throughout the week."

    Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

    Romo was even par through 12 holes before a three-putt bogey from the fringe on No. 13. A nasty lie in the rough led to a double bogey on the par-5 14th, and Romo had to hit provisional tee shots on both Nos. 15 and 16. While he ultimately found his original ball on both holes, he left with a pair of bogeys.

    "I really hit some good shots, and I'm close," Romo said. "I had a chance to be under par pretty easily there for a while, and then two or three shots on the back nine cost me. But that's golf."

    Romo will tee off at 1 p.m. ET Friday in the second round alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

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    Horschel, Kisner & Perez join "Feherty," Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsMarch 22, 2018, 5:10 pm

    PREVIEW: Perez details rocky collegiate golf experience at Arizona State

    Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner and Pat Perez – each winners of multiple events on the PGA TOUR – will join David Feherty on his self-titled, Emmy-nominated series Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance®, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

    “This might be the biggest group of benign social deviants I’ve ever had the privilege of speaking to,” said Feherty. “They’ve been responsible for nine career wins on TOUR collectively, but they’re each also capable of getting into some mischief.”

    The episode – filmed in Naples, Fla. – will touch upon several topics, including:

    • Their respective upbringings and corresponding introductions to golf.
    • Reflections on their junior golf and collegiate playing days, and how it helped prepare them to compete as a professional.
    • Contemplating which mulligan(s) they’d take in their life if given the opportunity.

    Future guests on Feherty this year include Paul Azinger, Stewart Cink, Boo Weekley and Paul Goydos, among others.

    A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host) Feherty has been described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal. His all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Nick Saban, Stephen Curry and Bobby Knight; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson; World Golf of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars including Paula Creamer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. Feherty is produced by Golf Channel’s original productions group, which also oversees production for Driver vs. Driver and Golf Films.