Amleto Monacelli Dominates Qualifying Heading Into PBA50 Northern California Classic Match Play
BRENTWOOD, Calif. (May 29, 2018) – Defending champion Amleto Monacelli averaged 240.8 to dominate qualifying after the second round of the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV Tuesday heading into Wednesday’s match play rounds.
The PBA Hall of Famer led qualifying with a 3,854 16-game pinfall total to outdistance four-time PBA Tour winner Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., who finished 292 pins behind in second with 3,562.
Monacelli, who won last year’s Northern California Classic for his eighth PBA50 Tour title, bowled a 1,953 pinfall total in the second round with games of 214, 208, 244, 203, 279, 300, 257 and 248, after posting a 1,901 pinfall to lead the first round.
As a result of finishing in the top eight the 56-year-old Monacelli, who is also a 20-time PBA Tour winner, will be seeded into the second round of match play.
“I feel my game, both physically and mentally is in a good place,” said Monacelli, who also was top qualifier in 2017. “To start the round, my carry wasn’t great but I wasn’t worried about it. It wasn’t long before the lanes started to open up for me and then I was carrying everything.”
Monacelli feels good about his chances to win again especially after sixth and seventh-place finishes in his last two PBA50 Tour tournaments, but cautioned about thinking too far ahead.
“I’m getting a lot better at trusting my instincts to make adjustments and ball changes,” Monacelli continued. “Tomorrow is another day so I need to clear my mind, go into match play relaxed and that should help give me the focus I need to continue to bowl well.”
Monacelli will be trying for his third Northern California Classic title after also winning in 2015.
Rounding out the top eight after qualifying were Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3,561; Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 3,558; 2017 PBA50 Tour Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,555; Dennis Horan, Oakley, Calif.; 3,526; Mark Mazulla, Brentwood, Calif., 3,508, and PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,495.
Haugen, whose first PBA50 Tour title came in the 2017 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, is hoping for back-to-back wins after winning the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open earlier this month.
Wednesday’s cashers and match play rounds will begin at 8 a.m. PT. After match play the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at 6:30 p.m.