Monacelli Defeats Duke to Win Pasco County Open For Third Career PBA50 Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider April 15, 2014 14:11

PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour, notched his third career PBA50 Tour title Tuesday by winning the season-opening Pasco County Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.

In a battle between two Hall of Famers, Monacelli defeated 37-time PBA Tour winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., bowling in his first PBA50 Tour event, 259-190, in the championship match.

Monacelli, whose previous PBA50 wins came in the 2012 and 2013 PBA Senior U.S. Opens, is hoping that gaining increased knowledge of his bowling equipment and lane conditions will bring even better results on the PBA50 Tour this season.

“A lot of people may not know that I really only had a basic knowledge of my bowling equipment and lane conditions until recently,” said the 52-year-old Monacelli. “With the game changing so much now I had to pay more attention to what balls I should be using in different situations.

“Back in the 80s when I was bowling on tour, I was a ‘feel player’ and I could make the equipment I happened to be using work,” Monacelli added. “But now you just can’t totally rely on your skill — you have to combine the skill with good knowledge of the bowling ball and how it reacts with the lane conditions.”

In the championship match Duke got off to an early lead striking in the first three frames but leaving a 2-8-10 split in the fifth frame swung the momentum back to Monacelli for the rest of the game.

“I had to slow down my thoughts and not get too anxious at that point,” Monacelli said. “Bowling a great player like Norm is like when we were on tour together—the nerves are the same.”

In the semifinals Duke defeated Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., who was trying for his second PBA50 Tour title, 225-183, to advance to the championship match. Monacelli defeated Hall of Famer and two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., who was trying for his eighth career PBA50 Tour title, 236-225.

The PBA50 Tour makes its second stop of the season at Spanish Spring Lanes in The Villages, Fla., for the UnitedHealthCare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical April 19-22. Xtra Frame coverage of the PBA50 Tour returns April 28-30 for the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

Tuesday’s Final Results
At Lane Glo Bowl
New Port Richey, Fla.

Championship Match
Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela ($7,500) def. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. ($4,000), 259-190. 

Semifinal Round (one-game matches, losers earn $2,500)
Monacelli def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 236-225.
Duke def. Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 225-183.

Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,700)
Dias def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2-1.
Duke def. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-0.
Monacelli def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-0.
Williams def. Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2-0.

Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,300)
Mohr def. a-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3-1.
Monacelli def. Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3-1.           
Williams def. Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 3-2.                               
Breeden def. Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-2.
Bohn def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-1.
Dias def. William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3-2.
Weber def. Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 3-0.
Duke def. Bob Learn Jr. Macomb, Mich., 3-1.                               

Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,150)
Monacelli def. Steve Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3-0.
Mohr def. Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind., 3-2.
Breeden def. Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-1.
Pedersen def. Tom Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3-1.
Peters def. Gary Morgan, Marrietta, Ga., 3-2.
Parks def. Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3-2.
Learn def. Peter Knopp, Germany, 3-0.
Voss def. Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3-2.

Round of 32 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,025)
Pavlinko def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2-0.
Mohr def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-1.
Henry def. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2-1.
Pedersen def. Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2-0.
Peters def. Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2-1.
Carter def. Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2-0.
Knopp def. John Tavano, Sebring, Fla., 2-1.
Voss def. a-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 2-0.

Round of 40 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $950)
Pavlinko def. Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 2-0.
Baker def. Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 2-0.
Henry def. Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2-0.
Pedersen def. Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., 2-1.
Peters def. a-Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 2-0.   
Bower def. Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2-1.
Tavano def. a-Jose Estevez, Spain, 2-1.
Sprow def. Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2-0.   

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2014 PBA League Bracket - Final Standings

by Pba Editor April 13, 2014 08:13

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Silver Lake Atom Splitters Win 2014 PBA League Elias Cup

by Jerry Schneider April 13, 2014 07:57

Down 2 points to 1 and trailing by 31 pins in the deciding final Baker game, the Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks rallied to defeat L.A. X presented by to win the 2014 Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup.

In the fifth frame of the Baker game, which was worth three points, Silver Lake’s Bryon Smith, Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Wes Malott and Tommy Jones combined to string the last seven strikes to overtake the L.A. X lineup of Mika Koivuniemi, EJ Tackett, Andres Gomez, Jason Belmonte and Parker Bohn III, winning the game, 225-203, and the match 4-2.

The finals, seen Sunday on ESPN from Brunswick Zone Carolier, opened with a battle between reigning PBA Player of the Year and nine-time Tour titlist Belmonte bowling for L.A. Clippers all-star guard Chris Paul’s L.A. X, and former Player of the Year and 17-time Tour winner Barnes, bowling for television and Internet personality Chris Hardwick’s Atom Splitters.

Belmonte, wearing his Google Glass headset that provides a point-of-view look at his release, dominated from the start firing the first nine strikes and finishing with a 279-259 victory over Barnes to give L.A. X the early 1-0 lead.

In the alternate-shot doubles game, Barnes teamed with Smith to defeat the L.A. X pairing of Bohn and Koivuniemi, 261-228, to even the match at 1-1. Down by 12 pins in the third frame after Smith left a 2-10 split that Barnes was unable to convert, the pair came back with eight consecutive strikes to win handily.

In the Baker trios contest, the momentum swung back to L.A. X with Belmonte, Gomez and 2012-13 PBA Rookie of the Year Tackett defeating Silver Lake’s Jones, Barrett and Malott, 216-190, to regain the match lead, 2-1, setting up the deciding Baker game.

“The important thing is to have a lineup where you know everyone has your back,” said Barnes, who earned the PBA League’s Mark Roth Most Valuable Player award. “Whether you strike or split you have to know that the guy behind you is giving it his all. 

“You have to remember that the singles game is the only part of the tournament where you’re not bowling with a teammate(s). Personally, I felt these guys put me in a position to succeed. I couldn’t think of a better group of guys who had that ‘have-your-back’ mentality.”

Team manager and four-time Tour winner Mark Baker also stressed the importance of the Atom Splitters’ player chemistry and putting together the right lineups in the right situations throughout the whole PBA League season.

“We put this team together for the sole purpose of getting to this point,” said Baker. “With a team that has this much talent it makes it easy—you could make a decision and feel confident you could stick with it. I never second-guessed myself.”

For the second consecutive year, the journey to the Elias Cup, named after the late founder of the PBA Eddie Elias, began with eight teams competing in a single-elimination bracket to determine the winner. Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds were conducted in January at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., with the championship final conducted at Brunswick Zone Carolier.


Brunswick Zone Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J.

Final Standings

Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks def. L.A. X presented by, 4-2.

Singles Match (one point)

Jason Belmonte, L.A. X def. Chris Barnes, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 279-259.

Alternate Ball Doubles (one point)

Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Chris Barnes/Bryon Smith) def. L.A. X (Mika Koivuniemi/Parker Bohn III), 261-228.

Baker Trios (one point)

L.A. X (Jason Belmonte/Andres Gomez/EJ Tackett) def. Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Tommy Jones/Dom Barrett/Wes Malott), 216-190.

Five-Player Baker Team (three points)

Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Bryon Smith/Chris Barnes/Dom Barrett/Wes Malott/Tommy Jones) def. L.A. X (Mika Koivuniemi, EJ Tackett, Andres Gomez, Jason Belmonte and Parker Bohn III), 225-203.

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PBA Spare Shots: Belmonte, Walter Ray Achieve PBA Pinfall Milestones

by Bill Vint April 9, 2014 07:58

One of the most notable pinfall milestones a grassroots bowler can accomplish is membership in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships’ 100,000 pinfall club, a feat long-time PBA member and current Storm Products Vice President-Public Relations Bob Hart accomplished recently in Reno. In his 58th USBC Open appearance, Hart became the 14th bowler to join that elite club.

By way of comparison, Australia’s Jason Belmonte is the first member a new PBA 100,000 pinfall club, and it only took him five years to do it. The reigning PBA Player of the Year is the first player to surpass that milestone in PBA World Series of Bowling competition, knocking over 101,431 pins in 456 games (a 222.43 scoring pace). Sean Rash will likely become the second member of the WSOB 100,000 pinfall club this fall in his sixth World Series. Rash has a 99,717 total for 445 games, averaging 224.04.

While membership in any 100,000 pinfall club is noteworthy, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. has established a standard for PBA Tour competition that will be hard to beat. Williams closed the 2012-13 PBA Tour season as the first-and-only player to knock down more than five million pins in PBA Tour competition. As of Dec. 31, 2013, Williams had bowled 22,926 games in 775 PBA Tour events and knocked down a total of 5,019,834 pins – a lifetime average of 218.95.

To put WRW’s career into perspective, an average league bowler rolling 100 games in a season would need to average nearly 219 for a little more than 229 years to match that feat.

Williams’ closest challenger is fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber who has toppled 4,650,511 pins in 21,482 games during a career that began in 1979. Weber has averaged 216.48 in his 750 PBA Tour events.


Sunday’s ESPN coverage of the PBA League Elias Cup Finals at 2 p.m. ET will include a special “Sports Science” feature by John Brenkus examining PBA star Sean Rash’s striking power. The use of a variety of sensors and slow-motion video helps Brenkus break down Rash’s delivery as he explains how the former PBA Player of the Year generates the speed and power that set him apart from the “average” league bowler.


Beginning with the PBA50 Pasco County Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., and continuing through the summer months, PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will provide extensive live coverage of almost the complete PBA50 Tour’s 2014 schedule.

PBA50 Tour events confirmed for coverage following the April 13-15 Pasco County Open include the Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300, George Pappas Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C., April 27-30; the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Dexter, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, June 1-6; the Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif., June 15-18; the Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., July 18-20; the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., July 20-23; the Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip, Capri Bowling Lanes, Kettering, Ohio, July 28-31; the South Shore Open presented by DV8, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Aug. 4-7, and the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer, Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn., Aug. 10-13.

The USBC Senior Masters at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, June 8-13, will be covered by USBC’s BowlTV.

The star-studded 2014 PBA50 Tour season will feature a number of PBA Hall of Famers (Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Tom Baker, Dale Eagle, Amleto Monacelli, Randy Pedersen, Johnny Petraglia, Brian Voss, Wayne Webb, Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr.) and a host of PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour champions. Throughout the season, PBA50 competitors will be competing for three berths in the end-of-season PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas.

For scheduled PBA50 Tour events, Xtra Frame will provide start-to-finish coverage of qualifying and match play rounds, including title matches. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit and click on the Xtra Frame link. Monthly subscriptions are $7.99; a full year of Xtra Frame coverage, which includes access to a huge archive of past telecasts, interviews and instructional materials, is available for $64.99.

In addition to the PBA50 Tour events, Xtra Frame will provide live coverage of all preliminary and match play rounds of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort Summer Swing from FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., May 19-22.


Seventeen-time PBA Tour titlist Chris Barnes and his wife Lynda will host their fifth annual Strike Out Diabetes fundraiser at Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas, on Saturday, May 10. The Barnes family hopes to add $60,000 to the more than $250,000 they’ve already raised in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The event will include a lineup of PBA, Team USA and USBC personalities including Clara Guerrero, Kim Terrell-Kearney, Tennelle Milligan, Rod Ross, Paul Fleming, Dino Castillo, and Chris and Stefanie Johnson, among others. It will include a coaching clinic, silent auction, prize drawings, trick shots and more. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or how you can participate, visit


Brian Gunn of Chicago defeated Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., 268-209, to win his first PBA Regional title in the PBA Security Federal Savings Bank Central/Midwest Championship at Star Lanes in Lafayette, Ind., Sunday.

Gunn, the top qualifier, earned $2,300. Russell defeated Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 247-244, to advance to the championship match after Hess kicked off the stepladder finals by eliminating Mike Wolfe of Jeffersonville, Ind., 255-245, and Tim Mack of Indianapolis, 269-238.

● The April 11-13 PBA Regional schedule includes the PBA Rockaway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J.; one of the West/Northwest Region’s premier events, the PBA Earl Anthony Memorial Classic at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.; a PBA Summer Swing preview event, the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel Resort Southwest Open presented by Dexter in Shawnee, Okla.; and the PBA Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio.

The April 16-18 weekend features the PBA50 Sarasota Southern Open at Sarasota (Fla.) Lanes; the PBA South Point West Challenge (for non-champions) and the South Point West Member/Non-Member Doubles in Las Vegas, and the PBA Del Mar Lanes U Can Bowl 2 Southwest Challenge presented by MOTIV (for non-champions) in Houston, Texas.

Closing the April schedule will be the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes Southern Open presented by MOTIV in Canton, Ga., April 24-26.

The annual PBA West/Northwest Hawaii tripleheader is also on tap, beginning with the PBA Kona West/Northwest Open at KBXtreme Lanes in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, April 27-28, and followed by the PBA John Gonsalves Memorial West/Northwest Open at Schofield Barracks on May 1, and the Hickam AFB West Northwest Open presented by Columbia 300 May 2-4.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.


Reminder: PBA members, amateur bowlers and fans who are planning to attend the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing in Shawnee, Okla., are urged to use a special online link to obtain the special $99-per-night room rate. To reserve your room at the special PBA rate, visit and enter 140516SUMM in the Group Code Box. Or you can call the Grand directly at 405-964-7777 and mention the PBA Summer Swing to obtain the preferred rate.

● Reminder: Four paid entries into Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing will be awarded in a “win-a-spot” qualifier to be hosted by FireLake Bowling Center on Sunday, April 27, at noon. The entry fee is $150. Competition will involve nine games total pinfall, including three games each on the Wolf, Badger and Bear patterns that will be used during the Summer Swing. To enter the win-a-spot qualifier, call FireLake at 405-275-0404.

● A line of lightweight spring clothing items are now available at the PBA Store. To shop for PBA-logoed merchandise, visit and click on the “shop” tab.

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W.R. Williams Begins PBA50 Player of the Year Title Defense in Pasco County Open

by Jerry Schneider April 8, 2014 07:48

With a new crop of PBA Tour talent becoming eligible for the PBA50 Tour in 2014, the road to a third consecutive Player of the Year crown won’t get any easier for two-time defending PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. 

Williams heads an all-star list of more than 120 players ages 50 and over who are entered in the season-opening PBA50 Tour Pasco County Open April 12-15 at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the tournament will be covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit and click on the Xtra Frame link.

As the 2014 season gets underway, Williams will again face challenges from his two closest rivals in 2013, fellow Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Amleto Monacelli who are among 10 Hall of Famers in the field including newly-eligible PBA50 challengers Norm Duke and Parker Bohn III.

Williams, the winner of a record 47 PBA Tour titles and a record seven PBA Player of the Year crowns, got his 2013 PBA50 season off to a good start with a third-place finish in the Pasco County Open and went on to win three titles during the season, bringing his PBA50 Tour career total to seven. Along with his three titles, he had two thirds and two fourths including fourth in the Senior U.S. Open.

With his legendary career of accomplishment on the PBA Tour carrying over to the PBA50 Tour, Williams is still able to find challenges to stay motivated.

“I still love competing,” Williams said. “I’m one of those lucky people who loves what they do and I’ve been able to make a living doing it. I haven’t lost the desire.”

Despite competing in only six tournaments in 2013, Weber, a 37-time winner on the PBA Tour, made an immediate impact in 2013, earning PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors thanks to winning two titles including his first major in the Senior Masters.

Monacelli, a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour, successfully defended his PBA Senior U.S. Open title in Las Vegas in 2013 for his second career PBA50 Tour title. Other top finishes during the season included two seconds, two fifth and two-eighth-place finishes.

“With the competition looking to be even tougher this season, it would be an awesome accomplishment to repeat as (PBA50) Player of the Year,” Williams said. “I’m pretty confident heading into the new season. I bowled well in the (USBC Masters in February) and I bowled well in a couple regionals recently.

“My practice routine is still pretty much the same, working on repeating shots, practicing on different lane conditions, different parts of the lane and making spares.”

Hall of Famer Tom Baker, also entered in the Pasco County Open, holds the record for PBA50 Player of the Year honors with four consecutive crowns from 2005 to 2008.

Williams, Weber and Monacelli were rewarded for their 2013 seasons by qualifying for the first PBA50 Finals which were conducted as part of World Series of Bowling V. Williams won the title by defeating Monacelli in the championship match 224-204.

Throughout the 2014 PBA50 Tour season, players will again be competing for three berths in the end-of-season PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted at a site and date to be determined. The three berths will be based on Player of the Year points which are earned for championship round finishes.

Five-time PBA Tour champion Bob Learn Jr. is the Pasco County Open defending champion. Last season he overcame a sprained lower back suffered half way through the tournament to defeat Hall of Famer Wayne Webb in the championship match, 226-206.

Pasco County Open competition begins on Sunday April 13 with qualifying rounds at 10 a.m. ET. Qualifying continues on April 14. After 16 games, the field will be cut to the top 40 for single-elimination match play competition on April 15. Match play continues all day Tuesday with championship rounds to begin at 7 p.m. Practice and pro-ams will be conducted on Saturday, April 12.


Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.

(All times Eastern)

Saturday, April 12
9 a.m. – Noon - Practice
1, 3 and 5:30 p.m. - Pro-Am squads

Sunday, April 13
10 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
4 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

Monday, April 14
10 a.m. – B Squad qualifying (8 games)
4 p.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

Field cut to top 40
Tuesday, April 15 (single-elimination match play)

10 a.m. – Round One: best of three games, qualifiers 25-40.

11:30 a.m. – Round Two: best of three games, Round One winners plus qualifiers 17-24

2 p.m. – Round Three: best of five games, Round Two winners plus qualifiers 9-16

4 p.m. – Round of 16: best of five games, Round Three winners plus qualifiers 1-8

7 p.m. – Round of 8: best of three games, followed immediately  by one-game semifinal round and one-game championship match

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