Monacelli Wins PBA50 Fountain Valley Open For Sixth Career PBA50 Tour Title
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela won four consecutive matches in the stepladder finals to win the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by
Track at Fountain Bowl.
Monacelli, who qualified fourth for the finals, beat top qualifier hall of famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 266-247, in the title match to win his first PBA50 Tour title of the season and the sixth of his career.
Monacelli benefited from a bad break for Bohn, who was trying for his fourth career PBA50 Tour title, when Bohn left a pocket 7-10 split in the second frame.
"All the matches were very close," said the 54-year-old Monacelli. "It was important to stay focused and low key, not get too excited if I'm leading or too low if I'm losing. If I stay calm I'll have a clear mind to make the adjustments and the good shots that I need to make."
In the semifinal match, Monacelli defeated hall of famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., of Oxford, Fla., trying for his 11th career PBA50 Tour title and second of the season, 249-245. Monacelli needed two strikes and a seven
count in the 10th frame but threw three strikes to win the match.
"That was an example of a good test for my mental game," Monacelli said. "I basically needed to have three strikes in the 10th to win and if I wasn't calm so that I could make good shots I would have lost the match."
Monacelli opened the stepladder finals by beating PBA50 Tour veteran Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., who was trying for his first title, 256-248, before advancing to the second match where he beat six-time PBA Tour winner Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., 225-218, to advance to the semifinal against Williams. Monacelli's previous best finish this season was fourth in last week's Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global.Article was posted with permission from Stars & Strikes, America's Bowling Newsmagazine. www.starsandstrikesbowling.com