Notes From Vegas Golf: Meet Natalie Gulbis, Honor the Military, Go VIP

Gulbis wins for U.S. with Kim!

Image November 5, 2008–Lake Las Vegas Resident Natalie Gulbis spends a majority of her time traveling the world playing golf and making appearances. So it's always a welcome change for her when playing and appearing coincide with events at Las Vegas golf courses. Gulbis plays in the open-to-the-public Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge at Las Vegas golf course Rio Secco Golf Club on Tuesday, Nov. 11, and then gives everyday golfers a chance to compete against her Dec. 13 at Las Vegas golf course Aliante Golf Club. Read on to see how you can meet and play against Gulbis.

The event at Aliante is open to all golfers who sign up for tee times at the award-winning Aliante Golf Club on Dec. 13. Click now to book your tee time because all golfers playing that day meet and compete against Gulbis. Any golfer making a hole-in-one that day on the par 3 will also walk away with a brand new Volkswagen Passat. This special event benefits the Fisher House FisherHouse.org, a not-for-profit organization that supports the United States Military. Gulbis will be available at Aliante from 9 AM to 10 AM for an informal meet-and-greet/autograph signing. After that, she'll set up on one of the par 3 holes and compete against the day's golfers.

"We are truly excited to host Natalie Gulbis Day at Aliante," says Randy Weigman, General Manager of Aliante Golf Club. "Being so close to Nellis Air Force Base, we’ve always had a soft spot in our heart for the troops and all that they do for us. It’s only fitting that we leverage the game of golf along with one of the most popular players on the LPGA Tour to show our appreciation for their efforts." Sponsors of the event include Findlay Volkswagen, VegasGolfer Magazine, Red Bull, Aliante Station Hotel and Casino, Cleveland Golf and OB Sports, managers of Aliante Golf Club.

Alainte Golf Club was selected as the "Best New Course in Las Vegas" by VegasGolfer Magazine and their readers, Aliante Golf Club burst on the Vegas golf scene in December of 2003 and is a memorable 18-hole championship course that is designed by Scottsdale-based Gary Panks Associates. Gary Panks has a long-standing reputation for designing golf courses that enhance the environment, create value, and provide an enjoyable experience for golfers, Such is the case at Aliante.

… Another great way to honor the military is to play the exclusive, private Las Vegas golf course TPC Summerlin for just $150 and meet PGA Tour star and Las Vegas resident Nick Watney, who will be on hand hitting shots on the par 3, 17th hole. Click now for more information about how to sign up for this Las Vegas golf tournament that is called Birdies for the Brave. TPC Summerlin is a private Las Vegas golf course that is rarely open to the public so this a great opporunity to play the course that annually hosts Las Vegas' PGA Tour event and help honor the United States Military. Other prizes and special surprises will be available throughout the day.

… Danny Gans' Partee Fore Kids was played this week at Las Vegas golf course DragonRidge Country Club and hosted by The Mirage. Gans, who is moving to Steve Wynn's Encore in 2009, is a huge supporter of junior golf and was on hand for the golf tournament. Other celebrities teeing it up included new Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, actors Richard Karn, Paula Trickey, Kevin Sorbo, Kate Linder and John Aylward, pros Stephanie Louden and Jeff Gallagher, and Las Vegas headliners Joey Scinta and Pete O' Donnell from the Scintas. You can be a part of the event and win some very unique auction items by clicking to CharityBuzz.com. Items include VIP tickets to Gans' final show at The Mirage on November 22, a VIP Los Angeles Angels spring training experience, a private concert with the sensational Kenny Rankin, and 9 holes of golf for two players with LPGA Tour player and model Kim Hall, among other unique items. The auction runs through November 13.

… UNLV sophomore golfer Therese Koelbaek has been selected Mountain West Conference Golfer of the Month for October. Koelbaek opened the month by finishing tied for 14th at the Stanford Intercollegiate. She shot a 2-over 215 (68-76-71) on the 6,092-yard Stanford Golf Course to lead the Rebels in the Oct. 17-19 tournament played in Stanford, Calif. She went on to close it by turning in one of the best performances in collegiate golf history, shattering several UNLV records on her way to a 16-under 200 (68-66-66) performance for a second-place finish at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

… The VIP Golf School that is headed by Colorado Golf Hall-of-Famer Bob Byman recently received some national notoriety by BusinessWeek. The article discussed how a company helped mend an injured business relationship by taking clients and staff to a VIP Golf School in Las Vegas. The school is located at Las Vegas golf courses TPC Las Vegas and Legacy Golf Club. Byman is a 12-time professional tournament winner and now focuses his attention to providing world-class golf instruction to his students.

… Lastly this week: if you are looking to tee-it-up for more good causes, don't forget about this event at Cascata, one of the best Las Vegas golf courses. Cascata is a Rees Jones design that was once called "Golf's Hidden Treasure" by Sports Illustrated. On November 18 an event benefitting Opportunity Village will be played over the 18 holes of this Las Vegas golf course. Click now for more information and to sign up for this special Las Vegas golf tournament.

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