Amleto Monacelli’s bid to win


Amleto Monacelli’s bid to win both the 2013 Lipton Bowling’s U.S. Open and the 2013 Senior U.S. Open is in full swing.

The USBC and PBA Hall of Famer defended his Suncoast U.S. Senior Open title at Las Vegas in June, and is one of 264 competitors at the Men’s U.S. Open in Columbus, Ohio. The tournament is being hosted at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus Western Lanes and Holiday Lanes.

 At the Suncoast U.S. Senior Open, the Venezuelan led the preliminaries before beating Ron Mohr 199-193 in the championship match for the $14,000 top prize.

Monacelli, a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour, started slowly on Day 1, posting a 1,566 eight-game total at Wayne Webb’s. Day 2 was better for the Venezuelan at Columbus Western Bowl, as he rolled a 1,682 total, leaving him in 51st place at 3,248.

It was a quick start for Monacelli at Holiday Lanes, where he began with games of 248, 236 and 243. Four sub-200 games followed, but a 210 finish gave Monacelli 1,675 for the day, and a 4,923 score (205.13 average).

All competitors roll eight games at each of the three host centers. Only 25% of the field will advance to the cashers round before the field is cut to the top 24 bowlers for round-robin match play. The top four players will advance to the ESPN-televised finals and bowl for the top prize of $50,000.

The 2013 U.S. Open winners will bowl each other in a Battle of the Sexes match to crown the ultimate U.S. Open winner. The finals and the Battle of the Sexes will be broadcast live on ESPN.

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