Las Vegas, Nevada (September 23, 2011)–Natalie Gulbis lives in the Las Vegas Golf Region, and spends much of her time giving back to the community. And, again in 2011, Gulbis returns to Las Vegas resort course Rio Secco Golf Club for the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge. Gulbis joins Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer as the LPGA Tour players who will go up against 3-player teams from the Champions Tour and the PGA Tour. —By Brian Hurlburt and official press release.
Gulbis will be making her sixth-straight appearance at the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge. The 10-year LPGA Tour veteran enjoyed a career season in 2007 in which she recorded five top-10 finishes, including her first-career LPGA Tour victory at the Evian Masters. In 2008, Gulbis posted one top-10 finish and received the William and Mousie Powell Award, which is given annually to the LPGA member that best exemplifies the spirit, ideals and values of the LPGA Tour. Gulbis has been part of two winning teams.
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Creamer is one of the brightest young stars on the LPGA Tour. The Pleasanton, California, native burst onto the professional scene in 2005 capturing rookie of the year honors, recording two victories and finishing No. 2 on the LPGA Official Money List. She was the first rookie and youngest ever player to qualify for the Solheim Cup and has since gone undefeated in three years (2005, 2007, and 2009) of Solheim Cup singles play. Now 25-years-old, Creamer has posted nine career LPGA Tour victories, including her first major championship in 2010 at the U.S. Women’s Open. This will be her first appearance in the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge.
Kerr is one of the LPGA’s most dominating players. The 15-year Tour veteran added her 13th and 14th career victories in 2010 including her second major championship at the LPGA Championship Presented by Wegmans. Kerr won the first major championship of her career at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open and is currently ranked No. 3 in the World Golf Rankings and No. 2 on the LPGA Official Money List. This will be her seventh-straight appearance in the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge. Teams for the Champions Tour and PGA Tour will be released at a later date.
Official Rio Secco Golf Club description: "Gracefully draped across 240 acres in the foothills of the Black Mountain Range and located 15 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Rio Secco Golf Club is renowned for its world-class golf experience and acclaimed Butch Harmon School of Golf. The 7,318-yard, par 72 course was named in USA Today newspaper among the “Top Ten Golf Destinations in the World.” Offering instruction for newcomers and professionals alike, The Butch Harmon School of Golf is famed for working with such talents as Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Dustin Johnson and Natalie Gulbis. Located in Henderson, Nevada, Rio Secco is a Caesars Entertainment golf destination. Other Caesars Entertainment golf courses are: Grand Bear, in Biloxi, Mississippi; The Links at Cottonwoods, in Tunica, Mississippi; the historic Atlantic City Country Club, in Atlantic City, New Jersey; Chariot Run, in Laconia, Indiana; Cascata, in Boulder City, Nevada; and Caesars Golf Macau."