FRANKLIN, Tenn., May 11 (UPI) -- Natalie Gulbis, a 19-year-old rookie on the LPGA Tour, posted a career-low 6-under-par 66 on Saturday to climb to the top of the leaderboard at the Electrolux USA Championship.
Gulbis had seven birdies and one bogey at the Legends Club of Tennessee and jumped from fifth to first in her 11th tour start. She had never led at any point in her brief career.
A native of Sacramento, Calif., who won four times in one year at the University of Arizona, Gulbis has a three-round total of 11-under 205, a stroke better than veterans Pat Hurst and Brandie Burton.
Gulbis birdied four of her first seven holes and three of her last seven to grab sole possession of the lead with a birdie at the 18th.
Gulbis turned 19 in January. The youngest winner in LPGA history is tour founder Marlene Hagge, who won the 1952 Sarasota Open at 18 years, 14 days.