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Who is LeslieAnne Wade? Age and career of Tom Watson’s fiancée explored

Shania Wilson May 17, 2022
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Congratulations are in order for golf pro Tom Watson and newly-announced fiancée LeslieAnne Wade.

As reported by Golfweek, Watson popped the question after 15 years of knowing each other, with plans to marry in July of this year.

Given Wade’s longtime career at CBS Sports, with a particular focus on golf, it’s fair to assume that she shares similar passions to her husband-to-be – but what else do you know about her?

We break down everything that we know about LeslieAnne Wade, including her age, career, and engagement news.

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Who is LeslieAnne Wade? Age and career explored

LeslieAnne Wade, 57, served as an executive for CBS Sports, and currently works with the Endeavor Agency and for White Tee Partners, a women-owned marketing agency she co-founded. 

Like her husband-to-be, Wade has an interest in the golfing world, made evident when serving as Senior Vice President of Communications at CBS Sports.

Before becoming a success in the sporting industry, Wade studied Communications and Writing at Saint Mary’s College, as part of the University of Notre Dame. In fact, the 57-year-old was attending a reunion with her college roommates at the university when Tom Watson, 72, proposed.

In terms of her personal life, LeslieAnne frequently documents her family and out-of-office activities on her Instagram account. The former CBS executive is often pictured with daughter Maggie and son Gavin.

To celebrate Maggie’s 21st birthday earlier this year, Wade wrote: “Happy 21 angel daughter. I adore you #MaggieMcGinn. May that wish and all the rest come true.”

LeslieAnne Wade and Tom Watson’s relationship explored

As reported by GolfWeek, LeslieAnne Wade and husband-to-be Tom Watson have known each other for 15 years.

Sadly, Watson’s wife Hilary passed away in 2019  after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Wade’s first marriage to the father of her children ended in divorce years ago, Yahoo! reports, leaving the CBS executive single.

Golf legend Watson and Wade eventually started dating, becoming formally engaged on 7 May. The two kept details relatively under wraps, but did confirm a wedding date in July so that they could travel to the Open Championship in St. Andrews afterwards.

Although the pair have expressed a joint interest in golf, it looks as though they’ll only be spectators from now on. Watson retired from competitive golf in 2019 after almost 50 years in the sport.

Friends and fans congratulate happy couple

Following news of LeslieAnne Wade and Tom Watson’s engagement, fans and friends have taken to social media to congratulate the couple.

“Congratulations to both of you,” one person tweeted.

“So happy for my ⁦friend and ⁦@whiteteepartner⁩ Co-Founder, ⁦@LeslieAnneWade⁩ and ⁦@TomWatsonPGA⁩ as they announce their engagement,” another wrote.

“Very happy for you both, wishing you well,” somebody else added.

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Shania is a Magazine Journalism graduate from the University of Derby. Her main passion is rooted in print journalism, however, she also branches out towards social media and is also interested in public relations. Outside of writing, Shania enjoys using social media, reading, and drinking coffee.