18 Hole Hosts
Learn more about Natalie Gulbis, Holly Sonders & Jimmy Hanlin
LPGA PROFESSIONAL NATALIE GULBIS
2018 marks Natalie‘s 18th year on the LPGA Tour. An extraordinary personality both on and off the golf course, Gulbis has graced the cover of national magazines, starred in her own TV show, played on three winning Solheim Cup teams and won a Major Championship.
Born and raised in Sacramento, Natalie first picked up a golf club at the age of 4, mainly due to her father’s love of the game. By age 7, she won her first junior tournament and as a 14-year old teen, Natalie played in her first LPGA Tour event as an amateur.
Her career longevity and off the course commercial successes are exceptional, but they all pale in comparison to Natalie‘s proudest achievement – the opening of the Natalie Gulbis Boys & Girls Club in Las Vegas, NV. Her passion, positive energy and commitment to the well-being of children is widely evident every time someone walks in the door. Conceivably, the greatest chapter in Natalie‘s journey is yet to be written.
Holly grew up in Marysville, Ohio and started playing golf at a young age. In high school, she earned all-league and all-district honors and was named league and district MVP. She also played baseball and basketball.
She majored in journalism at Michigan State University, where she won many titles and honors. She entered her senior year with a 78.47 career stroke average. Sonders is the most experienced athlete at the university with a total of 77 collegiate rounds played.
While playing collegiate golf, Sonders suffered a knee injury. Unable to play like she used to, the journalism major transitioned from actively playing golf to broadcasting. After college, she went to Little Rock and worked as a news broadcaster for a year before landing at the Golf Channel in 2011.
Holly Sonders left the Golf Channel for Fox Sports when the network was looking for talent to cover the U.S. Open in 2015.
PGA PROFESSIONAL JIMMY HANLIN
The highly regarded PGA golf pro brings his solid swing and electric wardrobe as the host of the nationally televised golf shows 18 Holes and Swing Clinic.
On 18 Holes, the three-time Emmy winner for his television work, Jimmy visits some of the most exclusive golf resorts to play all 18 holes with co-hosts Natalie Gulbis and Holly Sonders. On Swing Clinic he and co-host Elise Lobb offer golf instruction for all skill levels.
Jimmy has provided golf tips for ESPN Cleveland Radio, WKYC-Channel 3 and WJW-Fox 8. Additionally, Jimmy has been featured in PGA Magazine, Golfer’s Edge Magazine, Ohio’s Golf Magazine, The Cleveland Golfer’s Bible, Crain’s Cleveland Business and The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Jimmy is the owner and Director of Golf at two of Ohio’s finest courses, including Golf Digest five-star rated Little Mountain Country Club in Concord, Ohio and StoneWater Golf Club in Highland Heights, Ohio.