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Joanne Pacillo

Joanne Pacillo, 21, of Torrance, California, became the third consecutive Californian to win the Women's Amateur. She succeeded Carolyn Hill, Placentia (1979), and Juli Inkster, of Los Altos (1980-81-82).

Miss Pacillo, a graduate of Stanford University, defeated Sally Quinlan, of Dennis, Massachusetts, 2 and 1, in the final.

The Championship was played on the North Course of the Canoe Brook Country Club, in Summit, New Jersey. Mary Anne Widman, of Elmira, N.Y., was medalist, with 147, but she lost to Susan Marchese, of Omaha, Nebraska, 3 and 2, in the second round. Miss Pacillo and Miss Quinlan each qualified with 152.

On her way to the final Miss Pacillo defeated, among others, Mrs. Anne Quast Sander, of Seattle, Washington, three times the Women's Amateur Champion, 2 up, and Mrs. Belle Robertson, of Glasgow, Scotland, 1981 British Champion, 1 up.

Meanwhile, Miss Quinlan eliminated her college teammate Penny Hammel, of Decatur, Illinois, the Women's NCAA Champion, 4 and 3; and Nancy Taylor, of Tampa, Florida, the 1982 Women's Amateur Public Links Champion, 3 and 2.

Miss Pacillo played the steadier golf in the final. Miss Quinlan had trouble controlling her drives and chose to play her 1 -iron off most tees, conceding a distance advantage to Miss Pacillo.

Miss Quinlan led only once, winning the third hole with a par-5, but Miss Pacillo squared it two holes later. Miss Pacillo was 2 up as the afternoon round began, and when Miss Quinlan three-putted the first green, Miss Pacillo was 3 up with 17 holes to play. Miss Quinlan began to close in, however, by winning the next two holes, but Miss Pacillo held a 2-up lead with nine holes to play.

The next five holes were halved with pars, and then Miss Quinlan won the 15th, and Miss Pacillo countered with a birdie at the 16th. The match ended when the 17th was halved in par. The Championship attracted 259 entries.

Championship Facts

U.S. Women's Amateur

HISTORY: The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.

PAR & YARDAGE: Yardage for the Eugene Country Club will be set at 6,484 (stroke play) / 6,516 (match play) yards, par 72.

ARCHITECT: Opened in 1926, the course was designed by H. Chandler Egan. In 1967, Robert Trent Jones Sr. reversed the routing of the original Egan design (i.e., No. 18 tee essentially became the first tee, etc.).

Fairways – Cut to ˝ inch
Tees and collars of greens – Cut to 3/8 inch
Putting greens – Prepared to be firm and fast to measure approximately 11 to 11 1/2 feet on the USGA Stimpmeter
Intermediate rough – Cut to 1 ˝ inches, approximately 6 feet wide along fairways
Primary rough – Cut to 2 ˝ to 3 inches
Player courtesy walks – Cut to 1 ˝ inches, approximately 6 feet wide
The championship setup results in a USGA Course Rating™ of 78.1 and a Slope Rating® of 144

FORMAT: The Women’s Amateur is conducted with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying. The low 64 scorers then advance to match play, with the champion determined by a 36-hole match-play final.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to female amateurs who have USGA handicap indexes not exceeding 5.4.

ENTRIES: Entries for the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur closed on June 18. There were 960 entries received for the 2008 championship, just shy of the record 969 entries received for the 2006 U.S. Women’s Amateur.



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