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Amleto Monacelli owns first round at PBA50 Fountain Valley Open


2016PBA50AmletoMonacelli.jpg2015PBAWSOBRonMohr.jpgComing off a fourth-place finish in last week’s Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, 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 (pictured left and above) 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 (right) 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 the2012 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 drastic 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 PBA Tour title.

2015PBA50ChrisWarren.jpg2016PBA50ParkerBohn.jpgRounding out the top five after the first round were Chris Warren (left), Grants Pass, Ore., 1,917; followed by PBA Hall of Famers Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,900, and Parker Bohn III (right), 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.

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PBA50 Fountain Valley Open – First Round Standings

Players with position, hometown and 8-game total; n-denotes non-member, ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over

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

Herbert Bickel

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