2 TV rounds set

by Bob Johnson 0

The championship round of the PBA Viper Championship will have a Latin American flair thanks to the exceptional position round bowling of Colombia’s Andres Gomez and Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli.

Gomez went around Tommy Jones in the final game of match play Monday evening at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas to claim the top seed position for the ESPN telecast.

Monacelli went around two players to claim the final TV spot, rolling clutch strikes late in the game, much to the delight of numerous vocal spectators from Venezuela.

They’ll be joined in the stepladder competition by No. 2 seed Jones, No. 3 Mike DeVaney and No. 4 Bill O’Neill.

In the Cheetah Championship match play earlier in the day, Eugene McCune climbed from 14th place to claim the No. 1 position, breaking a PBA 9-game block record in the process.

Cheetah qualifying leader Ritchie Allen slipped just one position in match play.

Joining McCune and Allen on the Cheetah championship round telecast will be defending champion Norm Duke, No. 4 seed Michael Haugen Jr. and No. 5 seed Lonnie Waliczek.

Match play action continues on Tuesday with the Chameleon Championship in the morning and the Scorpion Championship in the afternoon.

For more on McCune’s record-breaking performance, check out Bob’s Blog on the homepage. And for complete World Series standings, visit pba.com.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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