Amleto Monacelli hopes to repeat as Senior U.S. Open champion


    2013 PBA50 Tour #6

    PBA Hall of Famer targets to break into win column for 2013

    2013PBA50AmletoMonacelli.jpgAfter five tournaments in the 2013 PBA50 Tour season, PBA Hall of Famer and defending Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm champion Amleto Monacelli (pictured) has done just about everything except win. He has two runner-up finishes, a fifth and has been high qualifier twice.

    The 19-time PBA Tour winner hopes to break into the win column when the season's first major returns to the Suncoast Bowling Center June 4-7.

    Last year, Monacelli won the Senior U.S. Open by defeating fellow Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the title match, 255-247. The win came in his third PBA50 Tour tournament and was the defining moment leading to his selection as 2012 PBA50 Rookie of the Year.

    2012PBAS05AmletoMonacelli2.jpg"I always like bowling long format tournaments so maybe that will work to my advantage in this year's Senior U.S. Open," Monacelli said. "It's been a little frustrating this year that I've been so close but I think it's just a matter of getting some breaks because overall I'm bowling very well."

    With five different winners in five tournaments already this season, Monacelli is hoping to make it six in what is shaping up to be a very competitive season.

    "The talent level is getting better and better every year and so it's tougher to win," Monacelli said. "Generally I'm bowling very well, but I just need to tweak some adjustments for match play and hopefully it will all come together in Las Vegas."

    Williams, the reigning PBA50 Player of the Year, is hoping to win his first Senior U.S. Open title. The PBA Tour's all-time leader in titles (47) has already won one PBA50 title this season and will be trying to win his sixth career PBA50 Tour title.

    Other notables competing in the Senior U.S. Open include:

    2011PBASTomBaker.jpg2012PBASWayneWebb.jpgTom Baker (left), King, N.C. – Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year will try to become the first three-time winner of the Senior U.S. Open.

    Wayne Webb (right), Columbus, Ohio – Hall of Famer and 2010 PBA50 Player of the year is the only other two-time Senior U.S. Open winner and also will try to become the first three-time winner.

    Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla. – PBA Hall of Famer and PBA Tour television color analyst won the Dayton Classic in his PBA50 Tour debut earlier this month and will be trying for his second consecutive PBA50 Tour title in the Senior U.S. Open.

    Also entered in the expected field of 200 players are Hall of Famers Johnny Petraglia, Dale Eagle and 2010 Senior U.S. Open winner Mark Williams as well as Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, the 2011 Senior U.S. Open winner and a two-time PBA50 Player of the Year.

    201213PBAWalterRayWilliams.jpg2012PBASBobLearn.jpgThroughout the 2013 PBA50 Tour season, players are competing for the opportunity to advance to the nationally-televised PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted as part of the World Series of Bowling V in Las Vegas in November.

    The top three players in points at the conclusion of the season will advance to the PBA50 Tour Finals. Currently, the top three after the first five tournaments this season are Walter Ray Williams Jr. (left), Bob Learn Jr. (right), and Lennie Boresch Jr.

    Preceding the start of competition on Tuesday will be a practice session and pro-ams on Sunday and a PBA50 West/Northwest regional tournament on Monday. PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame will provide start-to-finish coverage of the Senior U.S. Open.


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    Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm Schedule

    Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (June 2-7, 2013)

    Sunday, June 2, 2013
    7 a.m. - A Squad practice
    10 a.m. - B Squad practice
    Pro-Am squads to follow

    Monday, June 3, 2013
    PBA50 West/Northwest Regional Tournament (all day)

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013
    7 a.m. - A squad, 8 qualifying games
    12:15 p.m.- B squad, 8 qualifying games

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013
    7 a.m. - B Squad, 8 qualifying games
    12:15 p.m. - A Squad, 8 qualifying games
    Cut to the top 1/4 of the field

    Thursday, June 6, 2013
    7 a.m. - Top 1/4 of field, 8 qualifying games
    Cut to the top 24 bowlers
    1:30 p.m. – Top 24, 8 games match play

    Friday, June 7, 2013
    7 a.m. – Top 24, 8 games match play
    Noon – Top 24, 8 games match play
    Cut to the top 4 for stepladder finals
    4 p.m. - Stepladder Finals

    (All times Pacific)