Amleto Monacelli owns first round at PBA50 Fountain Valley Open


    2016 PBA50 Tour #6

    PBA Hall of Famer averages 243.5 for eight games to take a 27-pin lead over Ron Mohr



    2016PBA50AmletoMonacelli.jpg 2015PBAWSOBRonMohr.jpg Coming 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.jpg 2016PBA50ParkerBohn.jpg Rounding 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