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Lou Ferrigno, Mariano Rivera and a Sacramento-born golfer named to Trump sports council

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.

President Donald Trump on Friday announced nearly two dozen nominees to the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, and a Sacramento-born golf star (and sex symbol) is among them.

Active LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis, born and raised in Sacramento, nabbed a selection to the council — a position she's already indicated on social media that she'd be happy to accept.

Her enthusiasm is no surprise. Gulbis has been a vocal Trump supporter since the 2016 election, calling him a generous mentor.

She's also been actively interested in politics in recent years. Gulbis, a Republican, has expressed interest in a 2018 run for Congress in her current home state of Nevada, GOLF.com reported last June.

Gulbis has also gained visibility with an appearance on Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice 2" (2009), where she was fired on episode eight of 11. She has also modeled and posed for magazines, including the "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue."

The full list of sports council nominees, found in a White House press release, turned some heads late last week with a number of notable sports and celebrities. Among them: Mehmet Oz (aka Dr. Oz), Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, former bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno (best known as TV's "Incredible Hulk"), college football Hall of Famer Herschel Walker and three-time Olympic gold medal-winning beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor.

May-Treanor, Rivera and Walker were nominated as co-chairs.

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