Cavan twins Leona and Lisa Maguire are set to attend Duke University in North Carolina, starting in the autumn.

The amateur golfing sensations (19) have signed a ‘letter of intent’ with Duke, to the delight of the American college’s women’s golf coach Dan Brooks.

“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 very impressive international CVs. 

Leona has won 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.