Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli
concluded the 2016 PBA50 Tour season by winning the PBA50 National Championship to benefit Riley Hospital for Children Wednesday for his fourth PBA50 major title on the tour for players 50 years and older.
The Venezuelan defeated two-time PBA Tour and one-time PBA50 Tour titlist Sam Maccarone (right) of Blackwood, N.J., 224-212, in the title match at Signature Lanes to also win his second title of the season and the seventh of his career.
From left, Amleto Monacelli with Signature Lanes proprietor Roger Brown.
As the No. 3 qualifier for the stepladder finals, the 54-year-old Monacelli had to win two come-from-behind matches to get to the title match.
In the second match, he left splits in the first two frames that he failed to convert before roaring back with six consecutive strikes to beat fellow hall of famer Parker Bohn III (left) of Jackson, N.J., 235-233.
In the semifinal match against two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr (right) of Las Vegas, Monacelli was down by 30 pins in the fourth frame before stringing seven strikes together to win the match 256-244 to advance to the title match against Maccarone.
“I hope I can perform mentally and physically the way I did the last two days in every tournament I bowl,” said Monacelli, who is also a 20-time PBA Tour winner. “Those two matches were the best example of how I was able to stay calm and focus after making mistakes.
“It would have been easy for me to lose my composure and let that get the best of me,” he continued. “I wasn’t thinking, oh, I’m going to lose the match. I was thinking about what I needed to do to throw a better shot. It helped that in both cases it was early in the match because that gave me time to make the corrections.”
Monacelli’s other PBA50 major titles were the USBC Senior Masters in 2015 and back-to-back PBA Senior U.S. Open titles in 2012 and 2013.
In winning his second title of the season, Monacelli became only the second player to win multiple titles this season. PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (right), who won a record six PBA50 Tour titles, was the other.
“I’m just trying to concentrate on learning as I go and don’t over analyze,” said Monacelli, who won the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open in June. “The way my game is now it takes me back to my best years on the tour in the ’90s. I just need to do my thing.”
In the opening stepladder match Bohn, a three-time PBA50 Tour winner, beat Hall of Famer Brian Voss (left) of Centennial, Colo., who was trying for his second win of the season, 216-180.
The other 2016 PBA50 major winners were Weber, who won the Senior U.S. Open and Senior Masters titles and Hall of Famer Norm Duke who won the Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship.
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2016 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions
PBA50 National Championship – Stepladder Results
Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., USA (Aug. 14-17, 2016)
1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 715 (3 games), $10,000
2, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 212 (1 game), $6,000
3, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 244 (1 game), $3,500
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 449 (2 games), $2,500
5, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 180 (1 game), $2,000
First Match: No. 5 Bohn def. No. 4 Voss, 216-180
Second Match: No. 3 Monacelli def. Bohn, 235-233
Semifinal Match: Monacelli def. No. 2 Mohr, 256-244
Championship: Monacelli def. No. 1 Maccarone, 224-212.
PBA50 National Championship – Match Play Results
Modified Match Play Round 2
(after six games, including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)
1, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 4-2, 1,583
2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4-2, 1,548
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-2, 1,530
4, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 4-2, 1,516
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-2, 1,504
6, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3-3, 1,485, $1,750
7, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 4-2, 1,461, $1,750
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-3, 1,459, $1,850
9, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 4-2, 1,440, $1,500
10, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3-3, 1,433, $1,500
11, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3-3, 1,410, $1,500
12, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2-4, 1,370, $1,500
13, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3-3, 1,325, $1,500
14, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1-5, 1,309, $1,500
15, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 0-6, 1,289, $1,500
16, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2-4, 1,287, $1,500
Modified Match Play Round 1
(after five games, including match play bonus pins)
17, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2-3, 1,146, $1,300
18, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1-4, 1,144, $1,300
19, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3-2, 1,128, $1,300
20, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3-2, 1,120, $1,300
21, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2-3, 1,117, $1,300
22, Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1-4, 1,072, $1,400
23, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1-4, 988, $1,300
24, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1-4, 975, $1,300
(after five-game cashers’ round)
25, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,055, $1,150
26, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,040, $1,150
27, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,033, $1,100
28, n-John Weltzien, Wellington, Fla., 1,032, $1,000
29, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,024, $1,000
30, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,023, $1,000
31, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 986, $1,000
32, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 978, $1,000
33, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 941, $1,000
34, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 929, $1,000