Monacelli Averages 236 to Take First Round Lead In PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, one of several players who enjoys success on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour, averaged  236.7 Sunday to take the first round lead in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes. 

Monacelli, a 20-time PBA Tour winner and five-time PBA50 Tour titlist, fired a 1,894 pinfall total in the first eight-game qualifying block with games of 193, 246, 231, 278, 174, 255, 229 and 288. 

Normally I don’t bowl that well here, so I’m very happy with the way I bowled,” said Monacelli, who finished 41st in last year’s BVL Open. “I got off to a slow start because I wasn’t using the right ball for the conditions. I changed to a different ball that didn’t hook as hard on the backend. 

“I had a bad fifth game because that pair of lanes were really different and surprised me,” the Venezuelan continued. “In the sixth game I forced myself to relax and was able to refocus to make good shots.” 

Monacelli won the DHC Japan Invitational in January for his 20th PBA Tour win and his most recent PBA50 Tour wins came in the Northern California Classic and USBC Senior Masters back-to-back last season. 

Monacelli holds a 59-pin lead over five-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., who finished the day with 1,835. 

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,827; Hall of Famer Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,801, and Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,786.

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