published Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Who golfs? Newbie Natalie Kulisek

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Natalie Kulisek



Natalie Kulisek's mother is getting a new set of golf clubs because she gave her set to her Natalie last month.

Kulisek has finally bowed to pressure from her parents, two of her brothers and her boyfriend of six years to start playing golf.

"I don't know if Mom is more excited that she's getting new clubs or that I've started play," Kulisek said. "My parents gave me her clubs me once I said I enjoyed golf."

The Kulisek parents have played the game for years. They passed it along to sons David and Michael, but Natalie never picked up clubs until riding around Moccasin Bend about six weeks ago with boyfriend David Taslimi.

"I was like, 'This looks kind of fun, so I'll give it a shot,'" Kulisek said. "It was basically riding around with him and caving to pressure of my parents."

Kulisek invited her brothers to play 18 holes on Memorial Day -- not the other way around.

"My brothers are big into golf and I played with them for the first time today," Kulisek, who attended Notre Dame High School, said Monday. "They've been playing golf since they were 10, and I thought I'd show them my skills.

"But it didn't work out so well."

Kulisek, who works downtown, has gone straight from the office to the golf course at least twice a week since she began playing. She enjoys the game and being outside and has no aspirations of playing on the LPGA Tour. It's all about enjoyment for her -- not the competition.

"We got one mulligan each and that was it," Kulisek said. "I did not beat them. I was so far out that we stopped keeping track.

"But that's OK."

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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