Monacelli Wins Sixth Career PBA50 Title

by Bob Johnson 0

Jerry Schneider
Professional Bowlers Association


Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela won four consecutive matches in the stepladder finals Wednesday to win the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track at Fountain Bowl.

Monacelli, who qualified fourth for the finals, beat top qualifier and hall of famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 266-247, in the title match to win his first PBA50 Tour title of the season and the sixth of his career.

Monacelli benefited from a bad break for Bohn, who was trying for his fourth career PBA50 Tour title, when Bohn left a pocket 7-10 split in the second frame.

“All the matches were very close,” said the 54-year-old Monacelli. “It was important to stay focused and low key, not get too excited if I’m leading or too low if I’m losing. If I stay calm I’ll have a clear mind to make the adjustments and the good shots that I need to make.”

In the semifinal match, Monacelli defeated hall of famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., of Oxford, Fla., trying for his 11th career PBA50 Tour title and second of the season, 249-245. Monacelli needed two strikes and a seven count in the 10th frame but threw three strikes to win the match.

“That was an example of a good test for my mental game,” Monacelli said. “I basically needed to have three strikes in the 10th to win and if I wasn’t calm so that I could make good shots I would have lost the match.”

Monacelli opened the stepladder finals by beating PBA50 Tour veteran Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., who was trying for his first title, 256-248, before advancing to the second match where he beat six-time PBA Tour winner Chris Warren, 225-218, to advance to the semifinal against Williams.

Monacelli’s previous best finish this season was fourth in last week’s Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global.

Competing on the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour, Monacelli won the DHC PBA Japan Invitational for his 20th PBA Tour win in January.

The PBA50 Tour heads to Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif. June 12-15 for the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV which will be streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit


Fountain Bowl, Fountain Valley, Calif., Wednesday

Final Standings

1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, $7,500.

2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $4,000.

3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $2,500.

4, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., $2,000.

5, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., $1,750.

Stepladder Results

Match One – Monacelli def. Ventura, 256-248.

Match Two – Monacelli def. Warren, 225-218.

Semifinal Match – Monacelli def. Williams, 249-245.

Championship – Monacelli def. Bohn, 266-247.

Modified Match Play Round 2 (after six games, including match play bonus pins. Top five advanced to stepladder finals)

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 6-0, 1,718.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-2, 1,593.
3, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 4-2, 1,540.
4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-2, 1,480.
5, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-3, 1,442.
6, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3-3, 1,434, $1,500.
7, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4-2, 1,430, $1,500.
8, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 4-2, 1,392, $1,500.
9, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2-4, 1,378, $1,250.
10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-3, 1,370, $1,250.
11, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2-4, 1,367, $1,250.
12, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3-3, 1,353, $1,250.
13, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 2-4, 1,335, $1,250.
14, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3-3, 1,330, $1,250.
15, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1-5, 1,293, $1,250.
16, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 0-6, 1,247, $1,250.

Modified Match Play Round 1 (after five games, including match play bonus pins)

17, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2-3, 1,210, $1,150.
18, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 2-2-1, 1,187, $1,150.
19, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1-3-1, 1,149, $1,150.
20, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 3-2, 1,135, $1,150.
21, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 2-3, 1,129, $1,150.
22, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 0-5, 1,123, $1,150.
23, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1-4, 1,121, $1,150.
24, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 0-5, 940, $1,150.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

25, (tie) ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., and Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,055, $1,050.
27, ss-Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 1,049, $1,050.
28, ss-n-Steve Kiss, Clackamas, Ore., 1,048, $1,050.
29, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,028, $1,050.
30, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,023, $1,000.
31, ss-Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 1,017, $1,000.
32, ss-Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,013, $1,000.
33, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 979, $1,000.
34, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 972, $1,000.
35, ss-Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 971, $1,100.
36, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 958, $1,000.
37, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 950, $1,000.

ss-denotes PBA60 player; n-denotes non-member

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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