Hugh Miller Leads after Fifth Round in Etonic PBA Senior U.S. Open

by Jason Thomas June 7, 2012 13:45

 

LAS VEGAS – With the help of a 300 game and 5-2-1 match play record, two-time PBA Senior Tour winner Hugh Miller of Seattle moved into the fifth round lead in the Etonic PBA Senior U.S. Open Thursday at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

The 55-year-old Miller averaged 252 for the round to finish with a 8,456 35-game pinfall total, including match play bonus pins, to hold a 52-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer and Senior Tour rookie Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela.

“I got down here late and wasn’t able to practice because I had some commitments at home and consequently I didn’t get off to a good start,” said Miller, who was 47th after the first qualifying round.

“I saw it was going to be a pretty high scoring pace so I thought I’d better get in gear and change my game plan and bowled much better in the next three qualifying rounds.

Miller got off to a big start in Thursday’s match play round winning his first two matches with his 300 and following it up with a 279.

“It was all ball in that round,” Miller said. “I grabbed a ball that I hadn’t used during the rest of the tournament and it was the right one.”

Miller, also a seven-time PBA Tour titlist, is trying for his first win of the season with his last Senior Tour win coming in the 2011 Senior Dayton (Ohio) Classic.

Monacelli, trying for his first Senior Tour win, finished with a 8,404 pinfall total, 4-4 record, and averaged 231.7 for the round.

“I came here hoping to win and everything is going good right now,” said Monacelli, who was also inducted into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in April. “I’m bowling good and I’m in good shape so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

All 24 players will bowl two more eight-game match play rounds on Friday to determine the top four players who will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PT. By the time match play is completed, the top four players will have bowled 51 games to make it to the stepladder finals.

Despite a 1-7 match play record, two-time Senior U.S. Open winner Wayne Webb was able to hold on to third with an 8,377 pinfall. Webb, the 2008 and 2009 Senior U.S. Open winner is trying to become the tournament’s first three-time winner. Rounding out the top four is PBA Tour veteran Mike Edwards, bowling in his first Senior Tour tournament, who went 7-1 in match play and ended the day with 8,262.

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ETONIC PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN PRESENTED BY SUNCOAST
Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Thursday

FIFTH ROUND RESULTS
Includes match play record and 35-game pinfall total with bonus pins

a-amateur

1, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 5-2-1, 8,456.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-4, 8,404.
3, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1-7, 8,377.
4, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 7-1, 8,262.
5, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 7-1, 8,217.
6, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 5-3, 8,212.
7, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 4-4, 8,163.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3-5, 8,162.
9, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 4-4, 8,155.
10, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 4-4, 8,136.
11, Peter Knopp, Germany, 4-3-1, 8,124.
12, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 5-3, 8,110.
13, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 4-4, 8,100.
14, Brian  Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 6-2, 8,098.
15, Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 4-4, 8,086.
16, Rohn  Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 5-3, 8,080.
17, Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas, Nev., 5-3, 8,079.
18, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 4-4, 8,066.
19, a-Barry  Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 3-5, 7,967.
20, a-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 2-6, 7,963.
21, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1-7, 7,874.
22, John  Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 4-4, 7,852.
23, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 3-5, 7,808.
24, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1-7, 7,735.

300 Games -  Hugh Miller

FOURTH ROUND QUALIFYING RESULTS
27-game pinfall totals
Top 24 advanced to match play round
a-amateur

1, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 6,538.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 6,430.
3, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 6,305.
4, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 6,268.
5, a-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 6,265.
6, Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 6,264.
7, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 6,256.
8, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 6,254.
9, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 6,234.
10, a-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 6,213.
11, Peter Knopp, Germany, 6,210.
12, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 6,192.
13, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 6,170.
14, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 6,163.
15, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 6,158.
16, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 6,156.
17, (tie) Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 6,153.
19, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 6,128.
20, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 6,093.
21, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 6,084.
22, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 6,077.
23, Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas, Nev., 6,069.
24, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 6,056.

Did not advance
25, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 6,053, $1,200.
26, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 6,044, $1,180.
27, a-Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 6,034, $1,160.
28, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 6,030, $1,140.
29, a-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 6,014, $1,120.
30, Eric Forkel, Las Vegas, 6,013, $1,110.
31, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 6,008, $1,100.
32, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 5,995, $1,090.
33, a-Bob Markiewicz  *, San Diego, 5,994, $1,080.
34, Don Moser, Murrieta, Calif., 5,990, $1,070.
35, Rick Francis, Galt, Calif., 5,987, $1,060.
36, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 5,980, $1,050.
37, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 5,971, $1,045.
38, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 5,970, $1,040.
39, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 5,962, $1,035.
40, a-Michael Clemence, Las Vegas, 5,961, $1,030.
41, a-Marc McDowell, Madison, 5,944, $1,028.
42, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 5,929, $1,026.
43, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 5,925, $1,024.
44, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 5,922, $1,022.
45, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 5,914, $1,020.
46, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 5,912, $1,018.
47, Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., 5,905, $1,016.
48, Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., 5,863, $1,014.
49, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 5,852, $1,012.
50, (tie) a- Ron Hosler, Denver, Colo., and Randy Shewmake, Ft. Worth, Texas, 5,837, $1,009.
52, Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 5,836, $1,006.
53, Kevin Fatherree, Northridge, Calif., 5,833, $1,004.
54, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 5,770, $1,002.
55, a-Dan Roberts, Brentwood, Calif., 5,744, $1,000.

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