Natalie Gulbis took the stage at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night to offer support for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The 33-year-old LPGA Tour veteran thanked Trump for inviting her to speak at the convention, calling him ‘gracious, generous and inspiring,’ while also noting the irony of her position.
“When I got my tour card 16 years ago, I was told there’s only two things you don’t talk about in public,” Gulbis said. “Faith and politics. Well tonight, I’m prepared to violate both those admonitions as I stand before you at the Republican National Convention as a Christian woman.
“I believe that God’s timing is perfect, and he puts people in our lives to help make a positive impact on those around us, and to help us achieve our goals,” she continued. “One of those people for me, is Donald Trump.”
Gulbis detailed her first round of golf with Trump, saying that for the first time, her dreams and ambitions did not fall on deaf ears. She would later appear as a contestant on Trump’s hit reality television show, The Apprentice, exposure Gulbis says helped open up her own Boys and Girls Club.
The 2007 Evian Masters champion also credited Trump with encouraging her to stand up to gender injustices in both sports and the workplace, dismissing the notion of Trump’s war on women.
“He encouraged me to think of myself not as a female athlete but as a business person,” said Gulbis. “In everything you do, be fearless.”
Gulbis’ speech was short — just under three and a half minutes — but it was well received by the crowd, often interrupted by smattering of applause and cheers.
“Ronald Reagan said, ‘Status quo is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in,”” she concluded. “Well, I believe this is the greatest time to be a woman in the greatest country in the history of the world, but I have no delusions that there isn’t a mess to clean up. And we desperately need someone to clean up that mess. That person is Donald Trump.”