Canadian Leblanc in contention at Open

Maude-Aimee Leblanc follows her shot during the third round of the Canadian Women’s Open at...

Maude-Aimee Leblanc follows her shot during the third round of the Canadian Women’s Open at Hillsdale Golf & Country Club in Mirabel, Que., Aug. 27, 2011. (MARIE-CLAUDE FOREST/QMI Agency)

JON McCARTHY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:03 PM ET

MIRABEL, QUE. - Lorie Kane doesn't know too much about Maude-Aimee Leblanc -- then again, not many people did.

Until Saturday.

Leblanc's five-under 67 in Round 3 got the Sherbrooke, Que., native to eight-under for the tournament and in contention heading into Sunday's final round.

"I haven't spent a lot of time with her," Kane said. "She played a practice round ahead of me. You know, with her height and her ball flight, her future can be what she wants it."

Kane has said on several occasions that the future of Canadian women's golf is strong and Leblanc is doing her part to prove Kane right.

What will it take for Leblanc to take her game to the next level?

"Like all young players she needs to get some confidence and find her way and understand what it means to be a professional -- and not be afraid to ask for help," Kane said.

If a young Canadian golfer is looking for advice they know who to turn to.

"I'm here if she needs it," Kane said.


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