Amleto Monacelli and Don Blatchford Top PBA50 Senior/Super Senior Doubles Classic Qualifying

DECATUR, Ill. (Aug. 12, 2013) – PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli took top qualifier honors for the PBA50 Senior/Super Senior Doubles Classic presented by Brunswick Monday to come within two points of Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the PBA50 Player of the Year race, but because he won’t be competing in the final event of the season, effectively handed Williams his second consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year crown.

Monacelli, who finished qualifying in the senior division for players aged 50-59, led qualifying with a 3,571, 16-game pinfall total (223.1 average) and will be paired with Don Blatchford of Santa Monica, Calif., who topped the super senior division, ages 60 and up, with 3,346 (209.1 average) heading into Tuesday’s match play rounds.

“Don was actually one of two or three players I was looking at as a possible doubles partner so it worked out well,” said Monacelli. “I’m confident that we can match up well together for a good result.  I’ll concentrate on my game and we’ll put a game plan together. I’m looking forward to bowling with him.”

“My game matched up with the lane conditions right away because it was a right-up-the-boards shot,” said Blatchford.  “The conditions will probably be a little different for match play but I’ll be prepared to make whatever adjustments I need to make.”

For Williams, who qualified fifth and will be paired with super senior Dick Gran of Hartville, Ohio, it marks two PBA50 Player of the Year honors to complement his record seven Player of the Year honors on the PBA Tour. His season has been highlighted by three titles and three other top-five finishes including fourth in the Senior U.S. Open.

“It’s a shame that Amleto and Pete (Weber) weren’t able to bowl the whole season because who knows how it would have ended up, said the 53-year-old Williams, who was also the PBA50 Rookie of the Year in 2010. “Amleto had a great year and led every tournament he bowled in at some point, and Pete certainly made the most out of the tournaments he bowled in, but I’ll take it.”

Monacelli will be bowling with Team Venezuela in the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships next week in Las Vegas, and will miss the final PBA50 Tour event in Welch, Minn.

Williams and Monacelli clinched berths for the PBA50 Tour Finals which will feature the top three in PBA50 Tour Player of the Year points. The new special event will be conducted during the PBA World Series of Bowling V at South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas in early November and will be telecast by ESPN.  Pete Weber and Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis. will battle for the third spot in the finals in next week’s Treasure Island Resort and Casino Open presented by MOTIV in Welch, Minn..

For Senior/Super Senior Doubles Classic match play, the top 14 PBA50 players will be paired with the top 14 PBA50 Tour super senior players based on their qualifying position. After 14 games of match play, the top four teams will advance to a Baker format stepladder finals starting at 7 p.m. CT.


Spare Time Lanes, Decatur, Ill., Monday

ROUND TWO (after 16 games)

Top 14 from senior division and super senior division will be paired together based on qualifying order for Tuesday’s Baker format doubles match play rounds.


Seniors (ages 50-59)

1, Amleto Monacelli, 3,571.

2, Lennie Boresch, 3,537.

3, Pete Weber, 3,521.

4, Dale Traber, 3,497.

5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., 3,441.

6, Tom Adcock, 3,409.

7, Harry Sullins, 3,392.

8, Mike Edwards, 3,391.

9, Don Holmes, 3,328.

10, Wayne Webb, 3,318.

11, Dale Csuhta, 3,289.

12, Bryan Goebel, 3,250.

13, (tie) Mark Williams, 3,220 and Kenny Parks, 3,220.

15, Michael Shequin, 3,215.

16, Darryl Bower, 3,209.

17, Paul McCordic, 3,203.

18, Tom Baker, 3,199.

19, Kevin Foley, 3,193.

20, David Axon, 3,184.

21, Bob Learn, 3,175.

22, Robert Harvey, 3,162.

23, Brian Miller, 3,141.

24, Bob Markiewicz, 3,099.

25, Kent Wagner, 3,077.

26, Roger Painter, 3,056.

27, Todd Kjell, 3,051.

28, John Dudak, 3,016.

29, Gene Davis, 2,985.

30, Al Pote, 2,966.

31, Scott Smith, 2,962.

32, Tom Carter, 2,954.

33, Chris Keane, 2,949.

34, Bennie Holman, 2,942.

35, Tom Howison, 2,926.

36, Frank Miceli, 2,923.

37, Tim Pierce, 2,918.

38, Rick Woloszyn, 2,898.

39, Jamie Lynn Fox, 2,754.


Super Seniors (ages 60-older)

1, Don Blatchford, 3,346.

2, Tim Kauble, 3,295.

3, Emilio Mora, 3,286.

4, Mitch Jabczenski, 3,264.

5, Dick Gran, 3,258.

6, Kerry Painter, 3,244.

7, Rick Minier, 3,236.

8, Gary Dickinson, 3,216.

9, Ted Staikoff, 3,319.

10 (tie)John Petraglia, and Sal Bongiorno, 3189.

12, Bill Henson, 3,180.

13, Marc Lineberry, 3,173.

14, Roy Buckley, 3,167.

15, Harv Pallas, 3,151.

16, Dale Eagle, 3,149.

17, Don Sylvia, 3,131.

18, Lee Brosius, 3,094.

19, Dennis Lane, 3,085.

20, Dick Selgo, 3,073.

21, Bill McCorkle, 3,066.

22, Jerry Lau, 3,065.

23, Brendan Bierch, 3,063.

24, Patrick King, 3,034.

25, Dave Bernhardt, 3,032.

26, Larry Graybeal, 3,025.

27, Ron Profitt, 3,016.

28, Sam Perrotta, 3,006.

29, Gene Vincent, 3,000.

30, Gary Hiday, 2,972.

31, William Keenan Jr., 2,961.

32, Bill Idzior, 2,958.

33, Dan Duskin, 2,957.

34, George Hall, 2,950.

35, Robert Holzbauer, 2,943.

36, Daniel Miner, 2,930.

37, Frankie May, 2,917.

38, Steve Stein, 2,900.

39, Bob Kelly, 2,891.

40, Galen Keas, 2,870.

41, Kim Kirkpatrick, 2,826.

42, Barry Witmer, 2,795.

43, George Lord, 2,784.

44, Donald Breihan, 2,783.

45, Ken Waters, 2,771.

46, Robert Teeters, 2,718.

47, Dan Clausse, 2,712.

48, Allen Meskan, 2,691

49, Melvin Lingafelter, 2,618.

50, Peter Brainard, 2,616.

51, Michael Chrzanowski 2,524 (withdrew).

52, Hank Knisley, 2,312.

53, Henry Gonzalez, 1,598 (withdrew).

54, Walter Sova, 1,326 (withdrew).

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