Amleto Monacelli Successfully Defends Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Title for First Win of the Season

by Jerry Schneider June 7, 2013 14:50

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli successfully defended his Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm title Friday at the Suncoast Bowling Center for his second career PBA50 Tour title and to become the sixth different winner in six tournaments this season on the PBA50 Tour.

As the top qualifier for the finals, the Venezuelan defeated 2011 Senior U.S. Open winner and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, 199-193, in the championship match in the first major tournament of the season.  He now joins fellow Hall of Famers Wayne Webb and Tom Baker as two-time winners of the tournament and who also won in back-to-back years.  Baker in 2005 and ‘06 and Webb in 2008 and ‘09.

Mohr, who moved to Las Vegas from Eagle River, Alaska, right before the start of the tournament, had a chance to win the match by throwing the first strike in the 10th frame but left a solid 10 pin.

“He threw a great shot but the same thing happened to me the frame before,” said Monacelli who won 19 titles in his PBA Tour career. “It’s something that happens a lot in the U.S. Open.”

Monacelli took an early lead in the match but left the unusual 3-4-6-7-10 split in the fourth frame which he failed to convert and consequently evened up the match.

“At that point in the match I really wasn’t worried,” said Monacelli, who also has two second-place finishes the season. “I just analyzed what I did wrong at that point, refocused, and just started all over again. It was something I had to do many times in the tournament.”

With a previous-best finish of sixth on the PBA50 Tour this season, Mohr was very encouraged by his runner-up finish in the tournament.

“Overall, I was very pleased with the way I bowled in what I believe is the toughest Senior U.S. Open that I’ve competed in,” said Mohr. “I liked that shot a lot right off my hand in the 10th frame but in the end the best man won the tournament today.”

Mohr, who qualified fourth for the finals defeated reigning PBA50 Player of the Year and 2012 Senior U.S. Open runner-up Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the opening stepladder match, 279-195, and then went on to beat five-time PBA Tour titlist Eric Forkel of Las Vegas, 218-184, in the semifinal to advance to the championship match.

Throughout the 2013 season, PBA50 Tour 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.  With his win in the Senior U.S. Open, Monacelli moved into the lead with 40 points followed by Williams with 26 and Bob Learn Jr. with 20.

The PBA50 Tour now moves across town to the South Point Bowling Center for the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters--the season’s second major--June 9-14.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN PRESENTED BY STORM

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Friday

Final Standings

1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, $14,000.
2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $7,500.
3, Eric Forkel, Las Vegas, $5,500.
4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., $4,500.

Stepladder Results
Match One: Mohr def. Williams, 279-195.
Semifinal Match: Mohr def. Forkel, 218-184.
Championship: Monacelli def. Mohr, 199-193.

MATCH PLAY RESULTS AFTER 48 GAMES
Includes match play record and money won. Top four advanced to stepladder finals.

1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 15-8-1, 10,940.
2, Eric Forkel, Las Vegas, 17-7, 10,655.
3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 13-10-1, 10,577.
4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 16-6-2, 10,569.

Failed to advance to stepladder finals

5, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 13-11, 10,552, $4,000.
6, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 13-10-1, 10,511, $3,500.
7, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 12-12, 10,478, $3,000.
8, Peter Knopp, Germany, 14-9-1, 10,470, $2,700.
9, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 14-8-2, 10,443, $2,400.
10, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 14-9-1, 10,439, $2,200.
11, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 12-12, 10,429, $2,100.
12, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 12-12, 10,428, $2,000.
13, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 12-11-1, 10,387, $1,900.
14, Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 11-13, 10,374, $1,800.
15, (tie) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 10-12-2, and Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 12-12, 10,373, $1,725.
17, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 10-13-1, 10,371, $1,650.
18, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 8-15-1, 10,347, $1,625.
19, a-Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, 11-12-1, 10,199, $1,600.
20, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 8-16, 10,068, $1,580.
21, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 10-14, 10,007, $1,560.
22, a-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 7-16-1, 9,983, $1,540.
23, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 10-14, 9,840, $1,520.
24, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 6-18, 9,821, $1,500.

MATCH PLAY RESULTS AFTER 40 GAMES

1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 9-6-1, 9,065.
2, Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 11-5, 8,829.
3, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 12-3-1, 8,816.
4, Eric Forkel, Las Vegas, 12-4, 8,798.
5, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 10-5-1, 8,775.
6, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 11-4-1, 8,738.
7, Peter Knopp, Germany, 10-6, 8,735.
8, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 7-9, 8,723.
9, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 6-9-1, 8,681.
10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 8-7-1, 8,668.
11, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 9-7, 8,650.
12, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 7-8-1, 8,643.
13, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 8-8, 8,634.
14, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 7-8-1, 8,630.
15, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 7-9, 8,616.
16, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 7-9, 8,510.
17, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 8-7-1, 8,496.
18, a-Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, 7-8-1, 8,463.
19, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 6-9-1, 8,434.
20, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 7-9, 8,358.
21, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 5-11, 8,338.
22, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 7-9, 8,296.
23, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 3-13, 8,189.
24, a-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 2-13-1, 8,169.

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