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From A1s to holes in one - golfing twins off to States

Ireland's sensational golfing twins, Lisa and Leona Maguire, are heading Stateside after top results in the Leaving Cert.

The 17-year-old girls from Ballyconnell were sought after by all of the top US colleges as a result of hugely impressive results in the amateur game from their early teens.

The girls, who attended Loreto College in Cavan, received letters of intent from Ivy League college Duke University earlier this year and following their Leaving Cert results on Wednesday flew out to the US on golf scholarships yesterday.

Lisa gained 600 points and Leona edged her with 615, showing that their talents are not just on the fairways.

But their coach in the North Carolina college admits he'll have a hard time telling them apart.

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"Because they are identical twins, both playing golf at a high level, it has been difficult for me to distinguish between the two," said women's golf coach at Duke, Dan Brooks.

"Lisa and Leona have been stars on the European scene for several years," said Brooks.

Leona has won 20 amateur titles and has already played in the 2010 and 2012 Curtis Cup.

Lisa is a two-time member of the European Junior Solheim Cup team in 2009 and 2011, played on the Great Britain & Ireland US Curtis Cup squad in 2010 and was the 2011 European Ladies Amateur and Spanish Ladies Amateur champion.

The girls' parents, Breda and Declan, said they were delighted that their talented daughters had performed so impressively.

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