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Natalie Gulbis casts Donald Trump as ‘generous’ mentor

Pro-golfer Natalie Gulbis says Trump taught her to be fearless

Pro-golfer and Sacramento native Natalie Gulbis at the Republican National Convention described how Donald Trump taught her to be fearless and to challenge the status-quo in her career challenges.
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Pro-golfer and Sacramento native Natalie Gulbis at the Republican National Convention described how Donald Trump taught her to be fearless and to challenge the status-quo in her career challenges.

If speeches by politicians, businessmen, actors and Donald Trump’s family members weren’t what you were looking for at a national political convention, Trump on Tuesday offered this: Natalie Gulbis, a Sacramento native and 492-ranked golfer on the L.P.G.A Tour.

In a brief, pre-prime time address, Gulbis described Trump as a “generous” mentor at a time when she felt overlooked and “treated differently as a woman.”

After meeting Trump at a golf course when she was 21, Gulbis said Trump encouraged her to “think of myself not as a female athlete, but as a businessperson.”

Her remarks were reminiscent of an article she wrote on Golf.com in June, “The Donald Trump I know.” In that piece, Gulbis rejected what she called “political rhetoric about Trump’s misogynistic ‘war on women,’” describing the Republican presidential nominee as “gracious, generous and inspiring.”

The California delegation to the Republican National Convention is marooned at a water park in Sandusky, far from Cleveland and the convention hall. But it is one of the nation’s most loyal delegations to Donald Trump.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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