Monacelli and Weber Lead PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open Qualifying

by Bob Johnson 0










FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – PBA Hall of Famers, Amleto Monacelli and Pete Weber, took the top two spots after qualifying Monday in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes as competition moves into match play.

Monacelli, who was the leader after the first round, earned top-qualifier honors with a 3,683 16-game pinfall total (230.1 average). The 54-year-old Venezuelan bowled games of 201, 238, 193, 227, 243, 255, 184 and 248 in Monday’s second round.

“Before I came here I didn’t know what to expect because I didn’t do well last year,” said Monacelli, who finished 41st in last year’s BVL Open. “It was a good test for my mental game, which I am always working on, because I wanted to prove to myself I could overcome last year’s result.”

Through the first three tournaments of the season Monacelli, who owns five PBA50 Tour titles, has a best finish of 15th which came in last week’s Mooresville Ford Open.

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.

The 53-year-old Weber finished qualifying in second with a 3,605 pinfall (225 average) bowling games of 205, 238, 247, 214, 206, 222, 268 and 242 in the second round.

Weber is coming off back-to-back wins on the PBA50 Tour winning the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open and Sun Bowl In The Villages. If he can win the BVL Open, he would tie the record of three consecutive PBA50 Tour wins held by Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., who accomplished the feat in 2006.

“The key here is making the adjustments you need to get the pin carry,” said Weber, who has six PBA50 Tour titles. “I analyze how the ball reacts mid-lane and make adjustments from there whether it be the ball I’m using or the way I’m throwing it. I’m a little old school that way because a lot of guys don’t use that technique.”

The top 24 players advanced directly into Tuesday’s match play with an additional eight players advancing through a cashers round Tuesday morning.

Rounding out the top eight after qualifying were Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,659; former Major League All-Star pitcher John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,518; Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,495; Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,466; Baker, 3,445, and Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 3,420.

Defending champion 2015 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, finished 16th with 3,262, while tournament namesake Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia finished tied for 26th with 3,171.

Tuesday’s match play rounds will be live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET. Tuesday’s stepladder finals are scheduled for 7 p.m. Additional subscription and schedule information is available by clicking on


Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y., Monday

Second Round Standings

(After 16 games. Top 24 advance to match play; places 25-32nd plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play finalists)

1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,683.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,605.
3, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,569.
4, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,518.
5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,495.
6, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,466.
7, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,445.
8, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 3,420.
9, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,413.
10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,399.
11, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,395.
12, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3,391.
13, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,352.
14, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,348.
15, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,315.
16, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,262.
17, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,219.
18, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,217.
19, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,216.
20, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,207.
21, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,196.
23, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,193.
24, n-Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River,N.J., 3,184.
25, n-Jim Zimmerman, Oakland, N.J., 3,183.
26, (tie) Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y. and Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,171.
28, n-Michael Dioguardo, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,168.
29, Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 3,166.
30, Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3,159.
31, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3,144.
32, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,143.
33, ss-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 3,135.
34, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,134.
35, ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,129.
36, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 3,126.
37, n-Jose Zambrano, Jackson Heights, N.Y., 3,118.
38, n-ss-Dave Abate, Cranston, R.I., 3,115.
39, Dave Mutch, Oakland, N.J., 3,107.
40, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,103.
41, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 3,100.
42, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,081.
43, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,079.
44, Al Spano, Massapequa Park, N.Y., 3,078.
45, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,072.
46, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 3,071.
47, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,070.
48, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,052.
49, Tommy King, Oakdale, N.Y., 3,023.
50, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,019.
51, (tie) ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., and ss-George Tignor, Winchendon, Mass., 3,016.
53, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3,014.
54, Jay Farkas, N. Merrick, N.Y., 3,005.
55, Pamela Burns, Endicott, N.Y., 3,003.
56, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,000.
57, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,996.
58, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2,993.
59, Barry Warshafsky, Peabody, Mass., 2,987.
60, (tie) Glenn Smith, New York, and n-James Daigle, Methven, Mass., 2,967.
62, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 2,953.
63, n-Joe Biscardi, Wantagh, N.Y., 2,952.
64, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 2,949.
65, Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,937.
66, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 2,936.
67, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 2,924.
68, Leon Davis Jr., Silver Spring, Md., 2,919.
69, (tie) Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., and Eric Race, Schoharie, N.Y., 2,900.
71, Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 2,896.
72, Walter Davis Jr., St. Petersburg, Fla., 2,895.
73, Keith Doran, Pomona, N.Y., 2,885.
74, Robert Greene, Oxford, Conn., 2,877.
75, Andrew Smith, Colonie, N.Y., 2,875.
76, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 2,842.
77, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 2,841.
78, Don Hicks, West Babylon, N.Y., 2,840.
79, Norm Ginsberg, West Babylon, N.Y., 2,838.
80, Louis Barbera, North Bellmore, N.Y., 2,831.
81, (tie) n-Mitch Sacks, Jersey City, N.J., and Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 2,830.
83, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 2,829.
84, Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 2,805.
85, Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., 2,778.
86, n-Joseph Risley, Moriches, N.Y., 2,775.
87, Greg Eskow, Syosset, N.Y., 2,758.
88, Ralph Ehrlich, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 2,735.
89, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 2,734.
90, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,730.
91, (tie) n-John Vanek, Smithtown, N.Y., and Gary LaCara, Huntington Station, N.Y., 2,716.
93, Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 2,715.
94, Scott Zimmerman, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,713.
95, John Maglio, Oceanside, N.Y., 2,680.
96, n-James Lavendis, Kennett Square, Penn., 2,657.
97, n-Chris McKeon, Maspeth, N.Y., 2,523.
98, Douglas Slier, Lenox, Mass., 2,494.

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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