Her name has been on the lips of golf fans in Quebec and Ottawa for years and the next chapter of life just got a little better for Maude-Aimee Leblanc.
The statuesque golfer who won the 2008 Quebec Amateur at Ottawa’s Camelot G&CC (including a blazing round of 63) and went on to play the CN Canadian Women’s Open at the Ottawa Hunt Club later that summer has signed a contract to represent Callaway Golf. Leblanc is coming off a collegiate career at Purdue University where she won several tournaments (including a team NCAA Championship in 2010) and was a perennial All Big-Ten Golfer. She won the Quebec Women’s Amateur for three straight years starting in 2007.
After earning her LPGA Tour card last fall we suspected that something might be in the works between the two parties when Leblanc was spotted having a chat with Callaway Golf representatives at the PGA Merchandise Show in Florida in late January. When she added their gear to her bag for this week’s LPGA event in Arizona it seemed an announcement was all but imminent. That came today as Callaway revealed they had reached an agreement with the 23 year old who many have pegged to have a bright future in professional golf.
The Sherbrooke, Quebec native also recently signed a deal to represent RBC but her move to join Callaway might be more significant. Leblanc is part of a larger cadre of players at RBC but will certainly be the Canadian face for Callaway Golf as she becomes their first female LPGA staffer from north of the border. She is just the second Canadian signing after Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, British Columbia who came on board last year.
Maude-Aimee will play a full complement of Callaway equipment, including an Odyssey putter, and compete in Callaway apparel and footwear.
“I am really excited to partner with Callaway Golf at this stage of my career,” Leblanc said. “I have been thrilled with Callaway’s commitment to producing the most cutting edge equipment in the game, and I’m excited to use this equipment to play to the best of my ability this season and in the years ahead.
“Maude-Aimee is an exceptional Canadian talent who matches up perfectly with Callaway’s core values,” said Scott Reid, Managing Director, Callaway Golf Canada. “We are excited to put the best equipment in golf in Maude-Aimee’s hands, and we look forward to helping her achieve her goals as a professional.”
Currently in Maude-Aimee’s bag is a Callaway RAZR Fit Driver, which has already been used for two wins on professional tours around the world, and RAZR Fit Fairway Woods. She will also play a RAZR X Tour Hybrid, RAZR X Muscleback Irons, Callaway Forged Wedges and an Odyssey ProType Tour Series Putter. Maude-Aimee will use Callaway’s new HEX Black Tour golf ball. Additionally, Leblanc will wear Callaway’s performance apparel and footwear.