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Girls British Open: Maguires remain on collision course

Twin sisters Leona and Lisa Maguire are both through to the third round of the Girls British Open Championship at Royal Belfast.

The Slieve Russell duo are the only non-continentals into the last 16 and they could be on a collision course, because if both win this morning, they will go head-to-head in the quarter-finals in the afternoon.

Leona, the French under-20 champion, first beat Finland's Emily Penttila five and three in the opening round, but then had to battle hard to defeat England's Lauren Taylor on the home green.

Lisa, the leading amateur in the Irish Open at the weekend, overcame Spaniard Noemi Jiminez four and two and then got the better of Swede Emelie Lundstrom three and two.

“I played well enough and felt I deserved to win, being at about two under par,” said Leona, who beat another 15-year-old in Taylor.

She had four birdies — at the third, fifth, 10th and 18th — but was one down after two holes before winning four in a row to take command and after that always had her nose in front, although it was tough getting over the finishing line.

Lisa was also two under par when seeing off Lundstrom. She always held the upper hand, was three up with five to play and held on with three halves.

Belfast Telegraph