Maguire twins set to choose university life over pro ranks
THE Maguire twins, Lisa and Leona, have opted for a golf scholarship at Duke University in North Carolina instead of pursuing a professional career.
Duke University women's golf coach Dan Brooks yesterday announced the signing of the 19-year-old Cavan girls to a letter of intent to attend the college next autumn.
"Lisa and Leona have been stars on the European scene for several years," said Brooks. "Both have played in Curtis Cups already. They are hard workers, both in the classroom and in golf.
"It's clear to me that they want the whole package – a degree from Duke, a chance to develop their games individually, and a great team experience. I can't wait for them to join us."
The twins will enter Duke with a very impressive international resume. Leona is a winner of 20 amateur titles and has already played in the 2010 and 2012 Curtis Cup as a member of the Britain and Ireland squad.
Lisa is a two-time member of the European Junior Solheim Cup team in 2009 and 2011, played in the Curtis Cup in America in 2010, and was the 2011 European Ladies Amateur and Spanish Ladies Amateur champion.
The girls will be part of a squad of nine student-athletes on Duke's women's golf roster for the 2014-15 season, including players from France, Canada, India, China (two) and the USA (two).
Meanwhile, Irish pair Olivia Mehaffey and Emma O'Driscoll made impressive starts to their challenge for honours in the Portugese Ladies Amateur Championship in Lisbon.
Both returned one-over-par scores of 73 over the Montado course to be four strokes behind early pacemaker Silvia Ibanez. Irish champion Paula Grant, however, slumped to to a 77.