Japan Cup



JAPAN CUP
Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan, Sep 10-14, 1987

Monacelli Dominates Japan

It took traveling to another hemisphere but Amleto Monacelli, the Venezuelan with seven career Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) runnerup finishes, notched his first PBA championship in the Japan Cup. For good measure, Monacelli added a second, unofficial title, in Sendai, Japan, where he bested the 16-man PBA contingent in a separate event.

Monacelli downed home country favorite Takeo Sakai, Osaka, 248-201, in the third annual Japan Cup at Tokyo Port Bowl for the $11,000 top prize as well as a berth in the 1988 Firestone Tournament of Champions. The 26 year-old Monacelli put together six straight strikes beginning in the third frame to open up a sizeable lead and ultimately overcome the "bridesmaid" stigma that had been attached to him after so many near-misses on the PBA Tour.

As the top-seed, Monacelli viewed from the sidelines as Japanese television focused on the five-game, six-bowler, stepladder finals. Mike Aulby began the championship round by overwhelming Tom Baker, 280-181. His momentum carried over to the next match as Aulby began with eight straight strikes in routing defending champion Pete Weber, 267-197.

Aulby needed the first strike in the 10th frame to advance past third seeded Sakai, but an open frame resulted in a 235-213 win for the high Japanese qualifier among the field of 16 PBA Tour players and 16 local qualifiers from JPBA.

Sakai next took advantage of three open frames by Sweden's Mats Karlsson to prevail in the semifinal contest, 204-165. With Monacelli, Sakai, Karlsson and Aulby finishing first through fourth, the top of the standings was represented by bowlers from four different continents.

Monacelli and the other top Japan Cup PBA players maintained their domination in the Land of the Rising Sun at Sendai, some 320 miles north of Tokyo. In a 16-game match play tournament followed by a top three stepladder finals, Monacelli got past Karlsson, 218-211, when Karlsson left a "blowout" 7-10 split in the 10th frame. Monacelli then went on to down Aulby, 211-182, to add an additional $2,500 to his earnings for the trip.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela248 (1 game)$11,000
2Takeo Sakai, Osaka640 (3 games) 
3Mats Karlsson, Sweden165 (1 game)7,300
4Mike Aulby, Indianapolis760 (3 games)5,950
5Pete Weber, St. Louis197 (1 game)4,500
6Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.181 (1 game)3,550

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Aulby defeated Baker, 280-181; Aulby defeated Weber, 267-197; Sakai defeated Aulby, 235-213; Sakai defeated Karlsson, 204-165; and in the championship game, Monacelli defeated Sakai, 248-201.

32-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 7517 234.9 21-9-2 660 8177 
2Mats Karlsson, Sweden 7355 229.8 23-9-0 690 8045 
3Takeo Sakai, Osaka 7471 233.5 18-14-0 540 8011 
4Pete Weber, St. Louis 7374 230.4 18-12-2 570 7944 
5Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 7227 225.8 21-11-0 630 7857 
6Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 7221 225.7 19-12-1 585 7806 
7Yoshitaka Hokura, Tokyo 7160 223.8 18-13-1 555 7715 
#8Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif. 7164 223.9 17-14-1 525 7689 $2,400
9Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 7174 224.2 17-15-0 510 7684 2,300
10Kunihiko Nishimura, Osaka 7231 226.0 15-17-0 450 7681 
11Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. 7065 220.8 19-13-0 570 7635 2,200
12Pete McCordic, Houston 7177 224.3 15-17-0 450 7627 2,100
13Shiro Kita, Kyota 7095 221.7 17-15-0 510 7605 
14Akio Harada, Saitama 7032 219.8 18-13-1 555 7587 
15Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 7142 223.2 14-17-1 435 7577 2,000
16Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla. 7138 223.1 14-17-1 435 7573 1,900
17Toshiharu Gunjishima, Kanagawa 7060 220.6 16-16-0 480 7540 
18Brian Voss, Tacoma, Wash. 7144 223.3 13-19-0 390 7534 1,800
19Masanori Saito, Kanagawa 6977 218.0 18-14-0 540 7517 
#20John Gant, Independence, Ky. 7054 220.4 15-17-0 450 7504 1,700
21Tsuguo Tsukahara, Kanagawa 7019 219.3 16-16-0 480 7499 
 Hitoshi Yoshida, Saitama 7079 221.3 14-18-0 420 7499 
23Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J. 7026 219.6 15-16-1 465 7491 1,600
24Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 6904 215.8 17-15-0 510 7414 1,500
25Junichi Yajima, Tokyo 6989 218.3 14-18-0 420 7409 
26Yukio Yamzaki, Tokyo 6890 215.3 13-19-0 390 7380 
27Akio Ishihara, Chiba 6724 210.1 13-19-0 390 7114 
28Yasuyuki Sadamatsu, Tokyo 6650 207.8 13-18-1 405 7055 
29Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 6697 209.3 11-21-0 330 7027 1,400
30Ryo Kimur, Osaka 6607 206.5 13-18-1 405 7012 
31Takayuki Ryu, Tokyo 6515 203.6 9-22-1 285 6800 
 Yoshinari Matsumua, Osaka 6470 202.2 11-21-0 330 6800 

# - Mark Baker and John Gant rolled 300 games ($357 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - Randy Pedersen ($100), Brian Voss, Amleto Monacelli, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Mark Baker ($50 each).