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Ladies Irish Open: Maguire twins conjure up magic

Sweden's Maria Hjorth was the queen of the Castle on day one of the £416,000 AIB Ladies Irish Open, but a couple of young Irish golfing princesses made their mark too.

Hjorth, a veteran Solheim Cup player, posted a seven under par 65 in the morning and that held up throughout a wet and blustery day at a well-attended Killeen Castle.

But the 15-year-old Maguire twins claimed a big share of the limelight and earned plenty of applause for their performance among a top quality field. Rebecca Coakley with one under par 71 led the Irish challenge, with the twins only a shot behind her.

Martina Gillen and another amateur, Danielle McVeigh, were next best of the Irish on two over 74.

Leona battled bravely for a level par 72 in the morning and then Lisa sunk an eight-foot putt on the last to sign for level par as well. Young Leona said: “Any time you shoot par around here is a good score and I'm happy after being four over through ten. If someone had told me I would finish level I would have taken it, so I'm pretty happy with my round.”

Asked about the challenge set by Leona, Lisa smiled and said: “I heard what she had done just before I went out, so for bragging rights tonight I decided I'd keep it close enough to where it was.”

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