Leona and Lisa Maguire, the twin sisters from Cavan in Ireland, will be heading to Duke University in North Carolina this autumn. Women’s golf coach Dan Brooks can't wait for the girls to join the team.
Duke University women’s golf head coach Dan Brooks announced the signing of Leona and Lisa Maguire of Cavan, Ireland to a national letter of intent to attend Duke in North Carolina in the fall of 2014.
“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 twin sisters 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 Great Britain & Ireland squad. Lisa is a two-time member of the European Junior Solheim Cup team in 2009 and 2011, played on the Great Britain & Ireland U.S. Curtis Cup squad in 2010 and was the 2011 European Ladies Amateur and Spanish Ladies Amateur champion.
“Because they are identical twins, both playing golf at a high level, it has been difficult for me to distinguish between the two,” commented Brooks. “I admit to not having spent a lot of individual time with each of them. From what I have gleaned so far, Lisa is the slightly more gregarious of the two. What I know for sure is that each will have ample opportunity, at Duke, to thrive and grow as an individual. It will be fun to be part of their growth over the four years.”
With the addition of the Maguire sisters along with fellow signee Gurbani Singh for the fall of 2014, the Blue Devils will feature a roster of nine for the 2014-15 campaign that will include returning letter winners Irene Jung, Celine Boutier, Yi Xiao, Yu Liu, Sandy Choi and Esther Lee. Brooks’ roster will feature student-athletes from all over the World including, France, Canada, India, Ireland, two from China and two from California.
“Obviously losing Laetitia Beck and Alejandra Cangrejo will be high-impact,” said Brooks. “Those two have been a force on this team and of course losing them will be difficult. But I can’t imagine three people more suited for our program than Gurbani, Lisa and Leona. That’s how it is in recruiting - you lose great people and you bring great people in.”
Picture Getty Images: Lisa Maguire (L) and Leona Maguire walk up a fairway together during the foursomes on day one of the 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup.