Defending Champion Amleto Monacelli Takes First Round Lead in PBA50 Northern California Classic
BRENTWOOD, Calif. (May 28, 2018) – Defending champion Amleto Monacelli began his PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV title defense by averaging 237.6 to take the first round lead Monday at Harvest Park Bowl.
The PBA Hall of Famer bowled a 1,901 eight-game pinfall total with games of 211, 225, 247, 278, 220, 194, 280 and 246 to take a 57-pin lead over three-time PBA50 Tour titlist Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., who finished the round with 1,844.
Monacelli beat Miller in the title match of the 2017 Northern California Classic, 229-198, to win his eighth PBA50 Tour title.
“I had to concentrate on throwing the ball soft but not too soft,” Monacelli said of his first round, “I had to be careful not to muscle the ball down the lane because I wouldn’t be able to get the ball reaction I wanted.
“It was important that I observed what the lanes were doing rather than trying to force the ball to do something that wouldn’t be successful,” the 20-time PBA Tour winner added.
The Venezuelan is coming off sixth and seventh place finishes in the last two PBA50 Tour tournaments and feels his game is where it needs to be to make a run at successfully defending his title.
“The last two tournaments I’ve only been a few good shots away from making the finals,” Monacelli said. “If I stay relaxed and continue to make a good read from the lanes it should be another good tournament for me.”
Rounding out the top five after the first round were four-time PBA Tour winner Dennis Horan, Oakley, Calif., 1,830; two-time PBA Tour winner Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,821, and Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 1,801.
The entire field returns for another eight-game qualifying round Tuesday which begins at 8 a.m. PT. Wednesday’s cashers and match play rounds will also begin at 8 a.m. After match play the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at 6:30 p.m.
Fans can catch all the PBA50 Northern California Open action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Visit www.xtraframe.tv for subscription and schedule information.