Coming off a fourth-place finish in last week’s Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open finals, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela averaged 243.5 Monday to take the first round lead in the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track at Fountain Bowl.
The five-time PBA50 Tour winner led qualifying with a 1,948 eight-game pinfall total with games of 255, 264, 235, 227, 269, 233, 237 and 228 to edge two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas who finished the first round in second with 1,921.
Monacelli had trouble early in the PBA50 Tour season with his release and credited a change in his grip before last week’s U.S. Open for a more comfortable and consistent delivery.
“I was having trouble getting out the ball clean,” said the 54-year-old Monacelli, who was the winner of the 2012 and 2013 Senior U.S. Opens. “I found I was squeezing the ball and decided to make a major change so that my hand would be more comfortable in the ball. It has made all the difference for me.
“It took some guts for me to make those changes because the grip I was using I had for a very long time. But, you do what you feel you need to do and don’t be afraid.”
Still competitive on the PBA Tour, Monacelli won the DHC PBA Japan Invitational in January for his 20th Tour title.
Rounding out the top five after the first round were Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,917; followed by PBA Hall of Famers Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,900, and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,887.
Hall of famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 11th-place finish in the Senior U.S. Open after leading qualifying, finished the day in sixth with a 1,877 pinfall. Senior U.S. Open champion Pete Weber is taking the week off.
Second round qualifying continues Tuesday which will be followed by match play on Wednesday. Once match play is concluded, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.
The Fountain Valley Open is streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Subscription and schedule information is available by clicking on www.xtraframe.tv.
PBA50 FOUNTAIN VALLEY OPEN PRESENTED BY TRACK
Fountain Bowl, Fountain Valley, Calif., Monday
FIRST ROUND STANDINGS (after eight games)
1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,948.
2, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,921.
3, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,917.
4, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,900.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,887.
6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,877.
7, (tie) Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., and Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,850.
9, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,845.
10, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,819.
11, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,815.
12, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,814.
13, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,798.
14, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,788.
15, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,781.
16, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,768.
17, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,759.
18, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,756.
19, n-Herman Ferguson, Los Angeles, Calif., 1,752.
20, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,748.
21, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,746.
22, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,741.
23, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,738.
24, ss-Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 1,736.
25, (tie) ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,727.
27, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,725.
28, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,724.
29, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,719.
30, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,716.
31, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,707.
32, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,705.
33, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,699.
34, ss-Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 1,698.
35, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,696.
36, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,682.
37, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,673.
38, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,668.
39, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,667.
40, (tie) Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., and ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,666.
42, (tie) Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., and ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,664.
44, (tie) Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibilo, Texas, and ss-Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 1,662.
46, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,661.
47, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 1,660.
48, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 1,658.
49, (tie) John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, and ss-n-Steve Kiss, Clackamas, Ore., 1,657.
51, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 1,650.
52, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,646.
53, (tie) Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., and ss-Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,637.
55, (tie) n-Ron Anderson, Canyon Country, Calif., and Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,635.
57, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,633.
58, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,626.
59, n-Clint Frazer, Reseda, Calif., 1,624.
60, Craig Miller, Tracy, Calif., 1,616.
61, ss-a-Eddie Katz, Lakewood, Calif., 1,604.
62, ss-Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,603.
63, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,598.
64, (tie) ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, and n-Forrest Cole, Riverton, Wyo., 1,597.
66, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,593.
67, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,591.
68, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,579.
69, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,578.
70, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,575.
71, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,574.
72, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,571.
73, ss-Mark Fennell, Seattle, 1,563.
74, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,555.
75, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,554.
76, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,550.
77, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,537.
78, ss-Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,526.
79, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,518.
80, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,516.
81, ss-n-Joe Barna, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., 1,508.
82, n-Rick Bowman, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,506.
83, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,493.
84, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,486.
85, n-Kevin Sweetman, Henderson, Colo., 1,454.
86, ss-n-Jim Zimmerman, Tehachapi, Calif., 1,419.
87, ss-Bill Kaiser, Allen, Texas, 1,401.
88, ss-n-Johnny Pineda, Tustin, Calif., 1,382.
ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over