Bowling News USA - June 9, 2012 Amleto Monacelli Wins PBA Senior U.S Open
50-year-old Amleto Monacelli defeated fellow Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., 255-247, with a Storm Marvel Pearl in the championship match at the Suncoast Bowling Center in his Senior U.S. Open debut and the third tournament of his Senior Tour rookie season.
The win marked the 16th time this year a bowler has won a PBA or Senior PBA title with Storm or Roto Grip equipment.
“I wanted to win the U.S. Open so badly on the national tour so that it is why I’m so happy to win the Senior U.S. Open,” said Monacelli, who had a national tour U.S. Open best finish of second in 1990. “It is so unbelievable to win against one of the greatest bowlers of all-time – I’m just very happy.”
Monacelli, a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour, withstood a challenge from Williams who could have won with two strikes in the 10th frame of the title match. Williams struck on the first ball but left a 10-pin on the second shot.
Watch the exciting finish below:
“I was bowling well but had a couple bad shots in the last game,” Monacelli said. “I threw a bad shot in the ninth frame and left the six pin and knew I gave a chance to Walter Ray. I was just lucky he didn’t get that second strike in the 10th frame.
For Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins, it was a bittersweet result as he finished as runner-up for the second consecutive year. But Williams felt fortunate to be the top qualifier for the stepladder finals after nearly being eliminated from the tournament after the third qualifying round finishing in a tie for 45th just 35 pins above the cut.
“It’s a strange game,” said Williams, who was trying for his fourth career Senior Tour title, and second of the season. “I was able to hit the pocket but couldn’t strike in qualifying. I was able to claw myself back but I would have bet you a lot of money that I wouldn’t have made it to the finals.”
In the semifinal match, Monacelli defeated PBA Tour veteran Mike Edwards of Tulsa, bowling in his Senior Tour debut, 235-225, to advance to the title match.
“I came here hoping to win but there are so many great bowlers on the Senior Tour,” said Monacelli, who in 1997 was the first international player inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame and was recently inducted into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. “I’m very happy to be a pioneer for international players.”
In the opening stepladder match, Edwards defeated Hall of Famer Wayne Webb of Columbus, Ohio, who was trying to become the Senior U.S. Open’s first three-time winner, 268-244. Webb also finished fourth in the 2011 Senior U.S. Open.
The Senior Tour moves across town for the season’s second major, the USBC Senior Masters June 10-15 at the South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.
Storm/Roto Grip Wins - 2012 PBA/PBA Senior Tour
1. 2012 Etonic PBA Senior U.S. Open - Amleto Monacelli - Storm Marvel™ Pearl
2. 2012 PBA Senior Mooresville Classic - Bob Learn Jr. - Storm Victory Road™ Pearl
3. 2012 PBA Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages - Lennie Boresch Jr. - Roto Grip - Roto Grip Nomad™ Pearl
4. 2012 PBA Pepsi Elite Players Championship - Jason Belmonte - Storm Marvel™ Pearl
5. 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs - Norm Duke - Storm Frantic™
6. 2012 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic - Andres Gomez - Storm Marvel™ Pearl/Hy-Road™
7. 2012 PBA Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship - Norm Duke/Wes Malott - Storm Frantic™/Anarchy™
8. 2012 PBA Kuwait International Open - Osku Palermaa - Storm Natural™
9. 2012 PBA Detroit Open - Norm Duke - Roto Grip Outlaw™
10. 2012 PBA GEICO Shark Open - Jason Belmonte - Storm Marvel Pearl™/Roto Grip Critical Theory™
11. 2012 U.S Open - Pete Weber - Storm Marvel™ Pearl/Frantic™
12. 2012 PBA Ricart Ford Open - Scott Newell - Storm Victory Road™ Solid
13. 2012 PBA Scorpion Open - Dominic Barrett - Storm Marvel Pearl™/Roto Grip Critical Theory™
14. 2012 PBA Chameleon Open - Jason Belmonte - Storm Marvel Pearl™/Roto Grip Outlaw™
15. 2012 PBA Viper Open - Stuart Williams - Storm Victory Road™ Solid/Tropical Heat™
16. 2012 PBA World Championship - Osku Palermaa - Storm Hy-Road™/Roto Grip Outlaw™/Defiant™
Photo, video and story courtesy of pba.com.
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