Las Vegas, Nevada (October 27, 2010)--Natalie Gulbis is a true Las Vegas golfer who lives at Lake Las Vegas Resort and has become a part of the Las Vegas Golf Region community. And, for the fifth time in a row, Gulbis is scheduled to play for the LPGA Tour team November 9 at Las Vegas' Rio Secco Golf Club during the playing of the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge. In fact, Gulbis is joined by Suzann Petterson and Cristie Kerr, the threesome that earned the LPGA Tour the victory in 2009. Click now to check out a Wendy-s 3-Tour Challenge video, or to learn more about this Las Vegas golf tournament that is free for fans. --By Brian Hurlburt.
The Champions Tour team is scheduled to be Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry and Nick Price, while the PGA Tour will be represented by Dustin Johnson, Boo Weekly and Bubba Watson. Now celebrating its 19th anniversary, the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge, benefiting adoption, is the only professional golf tournament that pits three players from the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours against each other in a head-to-head competition for tour bragging rights and a share of the $1 million purse.
The home Las Vegas golf courses for the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge are Rio Secco Golf Club and Cascata, two course designed by the legendary Rees Jones. There are various amateur tournaments and other special events that take place in conjunction (November 5-9) with the Wendy's tournament. These Las Vegas golf courses are both operated by Harrah's Golf and are open for all to play. Click now to view the official website of Las Vegas' Rio Secco Golf Club where you can reserve tee times in Las Vegas or Las Vegas golf packages. Or click for Las Vegas golf course Cascata, where you can reserve online Las Vegas golf tee times or Las Vegas golf packages.
Gulbis is a nine-year LPGA Tour veteran who enjoyed a career season in 2007 in which she recorded five top-10 finishes, including her first-career LPGA 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. In 2009 she placed in the top-20 seven times, including a pair of top-10 finishes and was a member of the victorious 2005, 2007, and 2009 United States Solheim Cup Teams. Gulbis helped lead the LPGA Team to its fourth and fifth-career Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge victories in 2007 with Kerr and Morgan Pressel, and in 2009 with Kerr and Pettersen.
Kerr is one of the LPGA’s most dominating stars. The 14-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. 2 in the World Golf Rankings and No. 5 on the LPGA Official Money List. Her more than $1.3 million in earnings so far in 2010 marks the seventh consecutive year she has surpassed $1 million in season earnings. Kerr has also recorded at least one victory each season since 2004. She has 9 top-10 finishes so far this season and ranks No. 2 on Tour in scoring average (69.93).
Petterson is a rising star on the LPGA Tour. The 29-year-old Norwegian has recorded six career LPGA victories and including her current 2010 earnings of more than $1.3 million has exceeded the $1 million mark each of the past four years in a row. She became a first-time LPGA Tour winner in 2007 at the Michelob ULTRA Open and just three events later recorded her second victory and first major championship win at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship. So far in 2010 Pettersen has recorded 10 top-10 finishes, including five second place finishes. She is currently ranked No. 4 in the World Golf Rankings and No. 6 on the LPGA Official Money List. Pettersen has been a member of five European Solheim Cup Teams (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009) and will be making her second Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge appearance in a row.