Maguires ready to take on the pros as Irish Open tees off at Killeen Castle

TEENAGE Irish golf sensations Lisa and Leona Maguire get another look at what life is like in the paid ranks at Killeen Castle today — but they’re in no rush to join the professional game.

Newly-crowned European champion Lisa, and Leona, currently number one and two in the European amateur rankings, face global stars, Suzann Pettersen, Angela Stanford and Laura Davis at the Irish Ladies Open.

“It is going to be another great experience for us and another chance to play with some of the best professionals in the world, which can only help our game,” said Lisa.

“Turning professional is what every top amateur player wants but we will take our time about it,” added Leona, as the twins prepare for fifth year and the real start of their Leaving Certificate cycle at Loreto in Cavan. We have had some interest from colleges in America so that’s one option but we will take on board what we see at Killeen this week as well.”

One player who can’t wait to see the Maguires in action is American Christina Kim, here for another look at the Solheim Cup venue before next month’s big inter-continental clash. “The Maguire sisters can inspire me right now with the way they are playing,” declared Kim as she enjoyed the golf, the Guinness and the craic in the Royal County.

“Didn’t one of them shoot a 64 and then a 70 in the Europeans the other week? That’s awesome and it is a wonderful inspiration for all young Irish girls, just like Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell have been an inspiration for Irish golf of late.”

Lisa, with renowned caddy Colin Byrne on her bag, will play alongside Solheim Cup candidate Becky Brewerton this afternoon. Leona is out with American teenage sensation Lexi Thompson and Stacey Lewis, third in the US Solheim Cup rankings, at 9am this morning.

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