Tom Baker Leads ITRC Super Senior Classic After Second Round

by Jerry Schneider August 3, 2015 15:32

From USBC Communications

Tom Baker didn't know what to expect from his first International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic but the USBC and PBA Hall of Famer now is the player to beat after the second round of the 2015 event at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis.

The 60-year-old right-hander entered the second round in third place and averaged more than 228 over eight games to catapult into the lead. His 1,831 effort Tuesday gave him a 16-game total of 3,564, just 18 pins better than Willie Wells  in second who led briefly Tuesday and finished qualifying with a 3,546 total.

"I bowled well at the (USBC) Senior Masters last week, and I've got a great ball reaction with the equipment I've got, though the carry has been tough at times," said Baker, a 10-time PBA Tour champion and 12-time PBA50 Tour winner. "This is my first tournament for 60-year-olds, and I didn't know what to expect, but I'm happy with how things are going so far."

First-round leader Sam Maccarone is third with 3,467 and is followed by 2013 ITRC Super Senior Classic champion Kerry Painter (3,420) and Michael Lucente (3,328).
All 73 competitors this week bowled 16 games of qualifying over two days before the field was narrowed to the top 18 for the cashers' round. Ed Roberts earned the final spot with a 3,156 total, a 197.25 average.

Baker will lead the 18 players who advanced to the cashers round for an additional four games, after which, the top five, based on their 20-game pinfall totals, will advance to the stepladder finals live on BowlTV at noon Eastern.

"With only four games to go, it looks good for the top few guys, and that feels pretty good, but there's still a lot of bowling to do," said Baker, who is 240 pins ahead of sixth place after 16 games. "I'm confident heading into tomorrow. The lanes have been fair and consistent here, but sometimes I still have hold my breath a little when I hit the pocket to see if it's going to carry."

The Super Senior Classic is the first of two events strictly for PBA50 Tour players who are age 60 and over. The PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Open presented by Pro Bowl West and Hammer will conclude the season Aug. 14-16 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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Next Up On Xtra Frame: PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour Join Forces for PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles Championship

by Jerry Schneider August 3, 2015 06:19


The PBA’s top senior and contemporary stars will showcase their talents together in a doubles format Aug. 5-8 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., for the Xtra Frame PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles Championship presented by DV8.

The competition, which will award a PBA Tour title to the Tour players and a PBA50 title to the PBA50 players, will be covered live from start-to-finish exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service. For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit and click on the Xtra Frame link. Subscriptions are available for three days for $3.99, a full month for $7.99 or a full year for $64.99.

The revival of the doubles event after a 14-year absence, will feature some of the PBA’s most highly-decorated champions, including Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Amleto Monacelli, Parker Bohn III, Tom Baker, and legend Carmen Salvino.

Monacelli is coming off a thrilling USBC Senior Masters title match victory Sunday in Green Bay, Wis., where he defeated top qualifier and fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber twice - 192-190 and 254-243 - for his third PBA50 major victory and fifth title overall.

On the PBA Tour side, a host of PBA Tour champions are entered including Sean Rash, Tommy Jones, Ronnie Russell, and from nearby Munster, Ind., Eugene McCune, just to name a few.

The tournament’s unique tournament format will determine doubles pairings based on qualifying order in the respective PBA and PBA50 Tour fields.

Qualifying begins on Thursday at 8 a.m. ET and will continue on Friday. Match play will get underway on Saturday morning with the Baker format finals scheduled for 7 p.m.

For admission and pro-am entry information contact Olympia Lanes at or by calling (219) 933-6677.

Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Aug. 5-8

Wednesday, Aug. 5
8 a.m. - PBA50 practice session
11:30 a.m. - PBA Tour practice session
2, 4 and 6 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

Thursday, Aug. 6
8 a.m. - PBA50, 8 qualifying games
3 p.m. – PBA Tour, 8 qualifying games

Friday, Aug. 7
8 a.m. - PBA Tour, 8 qualifying games
3 p.m. – PBA50, 8 qualifying games

Saturday, Aug. 8

8 a.m. Baker format match play for 18-team match play field. For 16-team match play field competition will start at 11 a.m. 
7 p.m. – Semifinal Round, one-game Baker format matches
Immediately following – Championship match, one-game Baker format

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Shannon O’Keefe, Bill O’Neill Dominate Match Play to Win PBA-PWBA XF Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles

by Jerry Schneider August 2, 2015 10:35

HOUSTON, Texas – Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Ill., and Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., won their first seven of eight matches Sunday to run away with the 16th annual PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament title at Palace Lanes, repeating their title-winner performance of 2013.

O’Keefe, an 11-time Team USA member and currently head women’s bowling coach at McKendree University, earned her first Professional Women’s Bowling Association title while O’Neill picked up his seventh Professional Bowlers Association title and second of the 2015 season. The winning pair also split the $15,000 first prize.

O’Keefe and O’Neill came into the eight-game match play final round in seventh place, but averaged a combined 214 for 20 doubles games and earned 210 match play bonus pins, charging into the lead after four other teams each held the lead for one game earlier in the match play finals. With a 160-pin lead going into the final game, O’Keefe and O’Neill finally lost a match to runners-up Lynda and Chris Barnes, but they still won comfortably, 8,782-8,707 pins.

“We were fortunate to win our first two matches because we didn’t bowl that well, but we both made ball changes in game three and from that point on, we really bowled well,” O’Neill said. “The scores were a lot lower than I thought, but the conditions just got really flat and made it hard for the women. Fortunately I bowled with one of the women who can get inside and hook the ball. When she found it, she got her confidence back and really bowled well.”

It was O’Keefe’s third Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles title. She also won the 2012 title with her husband, Bryan.

“I finally got the monkey off my back and I couldn’t be happier to win my first PWBA title, thanks to Bill,” O’Keefe said. “PWBA went away and for the past decade, I’ve bowled with Team USA and that has kept me going. I’m way too competitive to not want to bowl.”

“Bryan was coaching Team USA at the Tournament of Americas in 2013, and it conflicts with this tournament, so I asked Bill if he’d like to bowl and we won,” O’Keefe said. “This year I asked him early and got him locked up.”

“I was just very fortunate that Bryan doesn’t bowl that much anymore and let me bowl with his wife,” O’Neill said.

The tournament, which also serves as a fund-raiser in support of The Rose, a Houston-based organization that helps women who can’t afford breast care treatment or mammograms, and the Huntsman Group, a cancer research based in Utah, raised more than $74,000 for its charities. Over its 16-year history, the tournament has raised more than $725,000 to fight breast cancer.

PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service will offer doubleheader coverage of the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles from Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., along with the PWBA Topeka Open presented by Prairie Band Resort & Casino from West Ridge Lanes in Topeka, Kan., over the Aug. 6-8 weekend. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit and click on the Xtra Frame link. Fans also can follow game-by-game updates on under the Live Scoring tab.

Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, Sunday

Final Match Play Standings (after 20 games, including match play bonus pins)
1, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill./Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 7-1, 8,782, $15,000.
2, Lynda/Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5-3, 8,707, $8,000.
3, Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas/Tyler Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 5-3, 8,532, $5,000.
4, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio/Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 3-5, 8,458, $4,000.
5, Diana Zavjalova/David Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3-5, 8,407, $3,000.
6, Verity Crawley, England/Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3-5, 8,352, $2,500.
7, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla./E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2-6, 8,337, $2,200.
8, Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., Matt Gasn, Laurel, Md., 4-4, 8,311, $2,000.

Other Cashers (after 12 games):
9, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,999, $1,800.
10, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,993, $1,700.
11, Kristin Warzinski, Muskegon, Mich./Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 4,988, $1,600.
12, Cassandra Leuthold, Rapid City, S.D./Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 4,981, $1,500.
13, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,980, $1,450.
14, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4,970, $1,400.
15, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa./Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 4,924, $1,350.
16, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas/Xeno Garcia, Fort Worth, Texas, 4,920, $1,300.
17, Karen Boyd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./John Janawicz, Winterhaven, Fla., 4,892, $1,250.
18, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia/Joe Hostetler, Louisville, Ohio, 4,874, $1,200.
19, Brittni Hamilton, Victor, N.Y./Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 4,870, $1,180.
20, Maria Rodriguez/Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 4,861, $1,160.
21 (tie), Jacqui Reese, McAdoo, Pa./Nathan Van Putten, Houston, Texas, and Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif./Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 4,860, $1,130.
23, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,856, $1,100.
24, Heather Whitney/Tyson Branagan, Euless, Texas, 4,854, $1,080.
25, Clara Guerrero/Andres Gomez, Colombia, 4,831, $1,060.
26, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md./Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 4,803, $1,040.
27, Anggie Ramirez, Chicago/DJ Archer, Kingswood, Texas, 4,764, $1,020.
28, Sandra Gongora/Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 4,700, $1,000.
29, Allie Ijams, Wichita, Kan./Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 4,685, $800.
30, Heather D'Errico, Rochester, N.Y./Eric Martinez, San Antonio, Texas, 4,681, $750.

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Monacelli Wins 2015 USBC Senior Masters for Third Career PBA50 Tour Major Title

by Jerry Schneider August 2, 2015 07:57

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

Amleto Monacelli capped off a week of throwing big shots when he needed them by delivering a strike in his final frame to claim the 2015 USBC Senior Masters title Sunday at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley.

The USBC and PBA Hall of Famer defeated top seed Pete Weber twice - 192-190 and 254-243 - for his third PBA50 major victory and fifth title overall.

Monacelli earned $16,000 for the win, which was his second of the season, while Weber took home $8,000 as the runner-up.

Weber, 52, had a chance to lock up his second USBC Senior Masters title in three appearances with a double in the 10th frame, but a 7-10 split gave Monacelli a chance to mark for the win.

A format change for the 2015 tournament meant the event would feature a true double-elimination format and Weber would have to be defeated twice to deny him from becoming the sixth two-time Senior Masters champion.

"To beat Pete Weber twice for the title, especially with the way he bowled all week, was incredible," said Monacelli, a 53-year-old right-hander, who won the Senior U.S. Open in 2012 and 2013. "Two times this week I was close to not making it through, but I knew I was bowling well and just needed to stay strong mentally. I did that, and I was able to fight my way back."

A missed 10 pin to finish his fourth match in the winners bracket sent Monacelli to the elimination bracket, where both of his opponents forced him to double in the 10th frame. He escaped with two- and three-pin victories, to earn a spot in the four-player shootout round, where he used a 300 game to propel him to the No. 3 seed for the stepladder.

"When I shot the 300, I felt like I had a good cushion to get there, and I was able to keep up with the changes and make it," said Monacelli, who also owns 19 PBA Tour titles. "This was an incredible week against a very talented field, especially today on the show, and to come out on top is amazing."

In the first game of the title tilt, Monacelli took the lead with a strike in the ninth frame and was able to hold on to force a second game, despite leaving, and failing to convert, a 4-6-7 split in the final frame. Weber, who finished first, left a 4-9 split in the 10th frame and missed both pins on the spare attempt.

Weber, who has 37 PBA Tour victories, including 10 majors, and four PBA50 wins, including the Suncoast Senior U.S. Open in June, led all three rounds of qualifying and compiled a 6-0 record in match play to claim the No. 1 seed for the finals.

On the way to the championship match Monacelli struck six times in his first seven frames against No. 2 qualifier Brian Voss of Centennial, Colorado, and cruised to a 238-204 victory. Voss finished third and pocketed $6,000.

Monacelli's first match against Rick Steelsmith wasn't as smooth, as both players left three frames open. An eighth-frame ball change on the right lane helped Monacelli sandwich three consecutive strikes between a pair of splits, which proved to be enough to escape with a 179-173 win over the 1987 USBC Masters champion.

In the opening match Sunday, Steelsmith used a pair of doubles to outlast defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr., 217-186.

Williams never found any momentum, and a 4-6-7 split in the 10th frame ended his chances of becoming the first back-to-back winner at the Senior Masters since Tom Baker of King, North Carolina, in 2007, and first bowler to win the Masters (2004 and 2010) and Senior Masters twice.

The Senior Masters will be followed by the International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic, the premier event for USBC members age 60 and older.

All qualifying and match-play rounds at the Super Senior Classic will be broadcast live on BowlTV beginning Monday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.

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At The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Sunday's Results

Final standings

1, Amleto Monacelli, Aventura, Fla., 863 (four games), $16,000
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Missouri, 433 (two games), $8,000
3, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 204 (one game), $6,000
4, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 390 (two games), $4,000
5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 186 (one game), $3,000

Stepladder results

Match One - Steelsmith def. Williams, 217-186
Match Two - Monacelli def. Steelsmith, 179-173
Semifinal - Monacelli def. Voss, 238-204
Championship - Monacelli def. Weber, 192-190 (second match needed). Monacelli def. Weber, 254-243

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Weber Goes Undefeated in Match Play to Earn Top Seed for USBC Senior Masters Finals

by Jerry Schneider August 1, 2015 13:54

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

Pete Weber earned the top seed for the stepladder finals of the 2015 USBC Senior Masters Saturday and now is one win away from completing a wire-to-wire domination of the season’s second and final major on the PBA50 Tour.

The 52-year-old right-hander averaged more than 234 on the way to a 6-0 match-play record and earned the No. 1 spot in Sunday's finals with a 659-618 victory against fellow USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss who will enter the stepladder as the second seed.

"I've been really happy with the way the week has gone," said Weber, who averaged 233 while leading the 194-player field through all three qualifying rounds at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley. "I feel like I'm throwing the ball really well, I feel solid at the foul line, and I just feel really good about the way I've been bowling."

Weber also has the inside track for sweeping the the PBA50 majors after winning the Suncoast Senior U.S. Open in June. The 37-time PBA Tour winner will also be trying for his fifth career PBA50 Tour title.

Amleto Monacelli , Rick Steelsmith and defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. also advanced to the stepladder finals through a four-bowler shootout round.
Monacelli shot 300 in the opening game of the shootout and survived a late charge by Steelsmith to earn the third seed with a 779 series. Steelsmith claimed the No. 4 spot with a 763 set, and Williams earned the fifth spot in the stepladder with 691. Sam Lantto posted a 604 series and was eliminated. He finished sixth overall this week.

A format change at the 2015 USBC Senior Masters now means the undefeated Weber will have to be beaten twice to deny him his second Senior Masters title, with the first coming in his debut in 2013. All stepladder matches will be one game.

"You always want to be the leader, and then when you know you need to be beaten twice, that gives you that little extra boost, too," Weber said. "But, tomorrow is a different day, and you never know what's going to happen, but I'm very positive about it, and I'm looking forward to it."

Weber is looking to become the sixth bowler to claim a second win at the Senior Masters, which first was conducted in 1993.

His path to the finals had to go through Williams, and that's when Weber turned in his best performance of the week. He rolled the second perfect game of the tournament on the way to an 822 series, and the win guaranteed him a spot in the stepladder, regardless of the outcome of his match with Voss.

Williams also is looking to make history at the 2015 Senior Masters by becoming the first bowler since Tom Baker of King, North Carolina, in 2007, to win the event in back-to-back years. He also would be the first bowler to win the Senior Masters and USBC Masters (2004 and 2010) twice apiece. Hall of Famer Dave Soutar of Bradenton, Florida, is the only other person to win both the Masters and Senior Masters.

The championship round will be broadcast live on BowlTV, beginning Sunday at noon Eastern.

At The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Saturday's Results

Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall (Name/hometown followed by three-game pinfall total)

(Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to losers bracket)
(1) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., def. (48) Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 701-600
(8) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield, Mich., def. (24) Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 670-659
(60) Bob Learn Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., def. (21) Duane Mellinger, Aurora, Colo., 594-588
(20) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., def. (29) Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 653-648
(3) Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., def. (51) Jeff Shaw, Kennesaw, Ga., 623-570
(59) Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., def. (22) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 698-609
(10) Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., def. (39) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 616-607
(2) Amleto Monacelli, Aventura, Fla., def. (18) Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., 594-518

(Losers eliminated, earn $1,200)
(57) Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., def. (33) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 569-546
(49) Mike Karch, Edgewood, Wash., def. (41) Mike Thill, Oshkosh, Wis., 693-562
(42) Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., def. (61) Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 578-561
(7) Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis., def. (31) Ernie Segura, Taylor, Mich., 568-523
(6) Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., def. (35) Kurt Bogner, Longview, Wash., 625-580
(32) Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., def. (43) Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 645-599
(13) Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., def. (58) James Kedroski, Kansasville, Wis., 703-612
(23) Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., def. (4) Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 729-594

Weber def. Sullins, 731-668
Williams def. Learn, 649-641
Voss def. Edwards, 745-645
Lantto def. Monacelli, 607-601

(Losers eliminated, earn $1,400)
Traber def. Mellinger, 595-546
Karch def. Brown, 645-605
Brunette def. Teeters, 556-546
Peters def. McDowell, 650-611
Adcock def. LeClair, 601-564
Boresch def. Abraham, 635-550
Steelsmith def. Bohn, 665-645
Goebel def. Shaw, 637-625

Weber def. Williams, 822-661
Voss def. Lantto, 678-566

(Losers eliminated, earn $1,600)
Karch def. Traber, 653-544
Brunette def. Peters, 593-573
Boresch def. Adcock, 636-626
Steelsmith def. Goebel, 750-671

(Winner top seed for stepladder, loser second seed)
Weber def. Voss, 659-618

(Losers eliminated, earn $2,000)
Monacelli def. Karch, 633-631
Edwards def. Brunette, 642-545
Boresch def. Learn, 606-594
Steelsmith def. Sullins, 682-620

(Losers eliminated, earn $2,250)
Monacelli def. Edwards, 646-643
Steelsmith def. Boresch, 721-599

(Three highest scores advance to stepladder finals, high score is No. 3 seed, second high is No. 4, third high is No. 5, lowest score is eliminated, earns $2,500)
Monacelli 779, Steelsmith 763, Williams 691, Lantto 604

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