LeBlanc unsure if pro life is fairway she's following

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

Meaghan LeBlanc has the talent to make it worth chasing the pro golf game.

Whether she wants to do just that remains up in the air.

LeBlanc, a year after graduating from Bradley University and having just returned from the Acer Five Nations Commonwealth Tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa, is content enjoying what the amateur game can provide.

"I'm pretty sure I won't turn pro," she said. "I don't know for sure, you never want to say no, but for now I want to stay as an amateur. I don't think (trying to make it as a pro) is for me. I like golf but don't want it to be my job 24/7.

"Making a three-footer is hard enough as it is, never mind when it's for your paycheque.

"You get to play in a lot of great tournaments as an amateur, so it's a lot of fun."

Besides, the amateur game instead has so much to offer a player like LeBlanc.

Her summer season kicked off with a jaunt to South Africa last week, where -- in a team format -- she squared off against golfers from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the champions from Great Britain.

"It was a lot of fun and a great format," said LeBlanc, a Bearspaw member who just celebrated her 23rd birthday.

"I played pretty well. I think I could have been better but there were some really good golfers here, so I'm not disappointed."

Canada came third at the event.

LeBlanc came within an inch of a hole-in-one.

Plus, it was an opportunity to see a unique part of the world, although her opportunity to sight see was limited to a day trip to the famed Kruger National Park.

"It doesn't feel like Africa," he said of Johannesburg.

"It's a city of eight million people so you don't really see what you think it'd be in Africa."

And now with that experience under her belt as a member of Canada's women's amateur team, LeBlanc has a springboard for what has the makings of an incredible season.

On top of playing at the Calgary Ladies Amateur, LeBlanc expects to swing in the Alberta Amateur, the Canadian Amateur and a couple of CN Canadian Women's Tour events.

On top of that's she's heading to the Ladies British Amateur tourney June 12 to 16 for the second year in a row.

Last year, she made the cut in stroke play but was knocked out by champion Belen Mozo in the first round of the match-play portion.

"She was quite a golfer," LeBlanc recalled. "I'd like to make the cut again and maybe get through a couple of matches."


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