Amleto Monacelli Takes First-Round Lead in PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open

by Bob Johnson 0

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, one of several players who enjoys success on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour, averaged  236.7 Sunday to take the first round lead in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes.

Monacelli, a 20-time PBA Tour winner and five-time PBA50 Tour titlist, fired a 1,894 pinfall total in the first eight-game qualifying block with games of 193, 246, 231, 278, 174, 255, 229 and 288.

Normally I don’t bowl that well here, so I’m very happy with the way I bowled,” said Monacelli, who finished 41st in last year’s BVL Open. “I got off to a slow start because I wasn’t using the right ball for the conditions. I changed to a different ball that didn’t hook as hard on the backend.

“I had a bad fifth game because that pair of lanes were really different and surprised me,” the Venezuelan continued. “In the sixth game I forced myself to relax and was able to refocus to make good shots.”

Monacelli won the DHC Japan Invitational in January for his 20th PBA Tour win and his most recent PBA50 Tour wins came in the Northern California Classic and USBC Senior Masters back-to-back last season.

Monacelli holds a 59-pin lead over five-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., who finished the day with 1,835.

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,827; Hall of Famer Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,801, and Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,786.

Defending champion 2015 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, finished the first round in 27th with 1,603, while tournament namesake Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia finished 26th one pin better with 1,604.

Fans can catch Monday’s second qualifying round and Tuesday’s match play rounds live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Tuesday’s stepladder finals are scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Subscription and schedule information is available by clicking on www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN PRESENTED BY BRUNSWICK

Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y., Sunday

First Round Standings (after eight games)

1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,894.
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,835.
3, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,827.
4, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,801.
5, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,786.
6, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,781.
7, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,763.
8, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,757.
9, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,738.
10, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 1,737.
11, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,702.
12, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,699.
13, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,692.
14, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,690.
15, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,677.
16, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,675.
17, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,656.
18, n-Michael Dioguardo, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,649.
19, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,646.
20, n-ss-Jim Zimmerman, Oakland, N.J., 1,637.
21, n-ss-Dave Abate, Cranston, R.I., 1,626.
22, n-Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River,N.J., 1,624.
23, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,620.
24, (tie) Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., and Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,613.
26, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,604.
27, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,603.
28, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,602.
29, n-Jose Zambrano, Jackson Heights, N.Y., 1,597.
30, Tommy King, Oakdale, N.Y., 1,594.
31, ss-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,589.
32, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,585.
33, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,583.
34, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,582.
35, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,565.
36, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,563.
37, Al Spano, Massapequa Park, N.Y., 1,561.
38, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,555.
39, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,552.
40, Pamela Burns, Endicott, N.Y., 1,548.
41, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,547.
42, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,545.
43, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,543.
44, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and ss-n-James Daigle, Methven, Mass., 1,542.
46, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,536.
47, ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,535.
48, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,533.
49, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 1,526.
50, Jay Farkas, N. Merrick, N.Y., 1,522.
51, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,521.
52, ss-Eric Race, Schoharie, N.Y., 1,507.
52, Dave Mutch, Oakland, N.J., 1,507.
54, Louis Barbera, North Bellmore, N.Y., 1,499.
55, Glenn Smith, N.Y., 1,494.
56, (tie) ss-Barry Warshafsky, Peabody, Mass., and ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,491.
58, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,486.
59, ss-George Tignor, Winchendon, Mass., 1,482.
60, (tie) Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., and ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,481.
62, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,480.
63, (tie) n-Joe Biscardi, Wantagh, N.Y., and ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,479.
65, (tie) ss-Gary LaCara, Huntington Station, N.Y., and Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,478.
67, ss-Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,477.
68, ss-Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,468.
69, n-Mitch Sacks, Jersey City, N.J., 1,461.
70, ss-Walter Davis Jr., St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,448.
71, (tie) ss-Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., and Keith Doran, Pomona, N.Y., 1,447.
73, (tie) ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., and ss-Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 1,446.
75, ss-Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 1,444.
76, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,435.
77, Don Hicks, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,425.
78, (tie) Robert Greene, Oxford, Conn., and Leon Davis Jr., Silver Spring, Md., 1,413.
80, Greg Eskow, Syosset, N.Y., 1,411.
81, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 1,395.
82, Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 1,394.
83, ss-Andrew Smith, Colonie, N.Y., 1,393.
84, ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,386.
85, ss-Ralph Ehrlich, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 1,372.
86, ss-Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 1,367.
87, ss-Norm Ginsberg, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,364.
88, John Maglio, Oceanside, N.Y., 1,359.
89, n-ss-John Vanek, Smithtown, N.Y., 1,351.
90, ss-Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,347.
91, Scott Zimmerman, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,342.
92, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,334.
93, ss-Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., 1,331.
94, n-ss-James Lavendis, Kennett Square, Penn., 1,327.
95, n-Joseph Risley, Moriches, N.Y., 1,306.
96, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,287.
97, n-Chris McKeon, Maspeth, N.Y., 1,226.
98, Douglas Slier, Lenox, Mass., 1,201.

n-denotes non-member

ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over

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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