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Amleto Monacelli takes first round lead in Farmingdale


2015PBAAmletoMonacelli.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, one of several players who enjoys success on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour, averaged 236.7 Sunday to take the first round lead in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Monacelli (pictured), a 20-time PBA Tour winner and five-time PBA50 Tour titlist, fired a 1,894 pinfall total in the first eight-game qualifying block with games of 193, 246, 231, 278, 174, 255, 229 and 288.

Normally I don’t bowl that well here, so I’m very happy with the way I bowled,” said Monacelli, who finished 41st in last year’s BVL Open. “I got off to a slow start because I wasn’t using the right ball for the conditions. I changed to a different ball that didn’t hook as hard on the backend.

“I had a bad fifth game because that pair of lanes were really different and surprised me,” the Venezuelan continued. “In the sixth game I forced myself to relax and was able to refocus to make good shots.”

Monacelli won the DHC Japan Invitational (pictured above) in January for his 20th PBA Tour win and his most recent PBA50 Tour wins came in the PBA50 Northern California Classic and United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters last season.

2015PBA50BobLearn.jpg2014PBA50StoneyBaker.jpgMonacelli holds a 59-pin lead over five-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. (left) of Erie, Pa., who finished the day with 1,835.

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Stoney Baker (right), Canton, Ga., 1,827; Hall of Famer Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,801, and Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,786.

Defending champion 2015 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, finished the first round in 27th with 1,603, while tournament namesake Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia finished 26th one pin better with 1,604.

Fans can catch Monday’s second qualifying round and Tuesday’s match play rounds live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Tuesday’s stepladder finals are scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

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PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL 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, 1,894
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,835
3, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,827
4, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,801
5, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,786
6, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,781
7, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,763
8, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,757
9, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,738
10, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 1,737
11, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,702
12, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,699
13, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,692
14, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,690
15, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,677
16, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,675
17, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,656
18, n-Michael Dioguardo, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,649
19, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,646
20, n-ss-Jim Zimmerman, Oakland, N.J., 1,637
21, n-ss-Dave Abate, Cranston, R.I., 1,626
22, n-Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River,N.J., 1,624
23, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,620
24, (tie) Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., and Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,613
26, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,604
27, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,603
28, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,602
29, n-Jose Zambrano, Jackson Heights, N.Y., 1,597
30, Tommy King, Oakdale, N.Y., 1,594
31, ss-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,589
32, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,585
33, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,583
34, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,582
35, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,565
36, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,563
37, Al Spano, Massapequa Park, N.Y., 1,561
38, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,555
39, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,552
40, Pamela Burns, Endicott, N.Y., 1,548
41, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,547
42, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,545
43, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,543
44, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and ss-n-James Daigle, Methven, Mass., 1,542
46, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,536
47, ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,535
48, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,533
49, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 1,526
50, Jay Farkas, N. Merrick, N.Y., 1,522
51, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,521
52, ss-Eric Race, Schoharie, N.Y., 1,507
52, Dave Mutch, Oakland, N.J., 1,507
54, Louis Barbera, North Bellmore, N.Y., 1,499
55, Glenn Smith, N.Y., 1,494
56, (tie) ss-Barry Warshafsky, Peabody, Mass., and ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,491
58, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,486
59, ss-George Tignor, Winchendon, Mass., 1,482
60, (tie) Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., and ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,481
62, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,480
63, (tie) n-Joe Biscardi, Wantagh, N.Y., and ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,479
65, (tie) ss-Gary LaCara, Huntington Station, N.Y., and Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,478
67, ss-Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,477
68, ss-Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,468
69, n-Mitch Sacks, Jersey City, N.J., 1,461
70, ss-Walter Davis Jr., St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,448
71, (tie) ss-Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., and Keith Doran, Pomona, N.Y., 1,447
73, (tie) ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., and ss-Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 1,446
75, ss-Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 1,444
76, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,435
77, Don Hicks, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,425
78, (tie) Robert Greene, Oxford, Conn., and Leon Davis Jr., Silver Spring, Md., 1,413
80, Greg Eskow, Syosset, N.Y., 1,411
81, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 1,395
82, Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 1,394
83, ss-Andrew Smith, Colonie, N.Y., 1,393
84, ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,386
85, ss-Ralph Ehrlich, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 1,372
86, ss-Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 1,367
87, ss-Norm Ginsberg, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,364
88, John Maglio, Oceanside, N.Y., 1,359
89, n-ss-John Vanek, Smithtown, N.Y., 1,351
90, ss-Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,347
91, Scott Zimmerman, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,342
92, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,334
93, ss-Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., 1,331
94, n-ss-James Lavendis, Kennett Square, Penn., 1,327
95, n-Joseph Risley, Moriches, N.Y., 1,306
96, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,287
97, n-Chris McKeon, Maspeth, N.Y., 1,226
98, Douglas Slier, Lenox, Mass., 1,201

Herbert Bickel

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