Miller Lite Challenge



$140,000 MILLER LITE CHALLENGE
Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, Ariz., Jul 8-12, 1989

Monacelli "Lites" Up Tucson

Amleto Monacelli ended a frustrating period of 18 months without a victory by collecting his third PBA championship in the $140,000 Miller Lite Challenge at Golden Pin Lanes. Monacelli, of Venezuela, defeated Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 243-173, for the $2,000 first prize and halted his skein of 11 winless championship round appearances since capturing the 1988 Showboat Invitational In Las Vegas.

"I played a different angle than during the week - a lot straighter line," Monacelli said. "I feel I got some breaks today and lust tried to stay relaxed. I've learned from experience to make an adjustment if the shot does not appear the same," he said.

Monacelli established a PBA record earlier in the week in tossing his seventh 300 game of 1989 on Tour, besting Guppy Troup's 10-year mark of six. Monacelli also had three perfect games this week en route to nailing down the leading qualifier position by more than 300 pins.

The championship game did not start off in striking fashion for either finalist as Husted proved to be the first player to strike in his fourth frame. However, Monacelli led by 18 pins at that point due to Husted's open first and third frames. When Monacelli finally struck in the sixth, it was the first of a six-bagger and Husted never threatened.

This tournament saw nine 300 games and eight 299's, of which Amleto and Rodolfo Monacelli and Tony Westlake claimed three In the 11th game of qualifying. This was the fourth year of Miller Lite's tournament sponsorship and the PBA Tour's 28th visit to Tucson, making it second in tournament longevity to Las Vegas' Showboat Invitational, which completed its 30th consecutive competition this winter.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela243 (1 game)$23,000
2Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.854 (4 games)12,000
3Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.197 (1 game)7,500
4Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, N.C.214 (1 game)6,000
5Bill Oakes, Irving, Texas151 (1 game)5,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Husted defeated Oakes, 221-151; Husted defeated Odom, 227-214; Husted defeated Weber, 233-197; and in the championship game, Monacelli defeated Husted, 243-173.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
#1Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9776 232.8 17-7-0 510 10286 
2Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo. 9548 227.3 14-10-0 420 9968 
#3Curtis Odom, Winston-Salem, N.C. 9623 229.1 11-13-0 390 9953 
4Bill Oakes, Irving, Texas 9511 226.5 14-10-0 420 9931 
5Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9523 226.7 13-11-0 390 9913 
6Dale Eagle, Evansville, Ind. 9504 226.3 12-10-2 390 9894 $4,000
7Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla. 9430 224.5 15-9-0 450 9880 3,600
8Pete McCordic, Houston 9334 222.2 17-7-0 510 9844 3,300
9Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore. 9447 224.9 13-11-0 390 9837 3,000
#10David Traber, Woodstock, III. 9427 224.5 13-10-1 405 9832 2,800
11Todd M. Thompson, Cypress, Calif. 9391 223.6 12-11-1 375 9766 2,600
12Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 9371 223.1 12-11-1 375 9746 2,400
13Don Moser, San Jose, Calif. 9200 219.0 12-12-0 360 9560 2,300
14Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla. 9196 219.0 12-12-0 360 9556 2,200
15Jim Pencak, Richmond Hts., Ohio 9156 218.0 13-11-0 390 9546 2,100
16Rey Perez, Cincinnati, Ohio 9207 219.2 11-13-0 330 9537 2,000
#17Steve Cook, Roseville, Calif. 9100 216.7 12-12-0 360 9460 1,900
18Parker Bohn III, Freehold, N.J. 9111 216.9 11-13-0 330 9441 1,800
19Jeff Miller, Columbus, Ohio 9094 216.5 10-13-1 315 9409 1,700
20Larry Stephens, Los Angeles 9121 217.2 7-17-0 210 9331 1,600
21Eric Forkel, Van Nuys, Calif. 9063 215.8 8-15-1 255 9318 1,500
22Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif. 8977 213.7 10-13-1 315 9292 1,400
23Harry Sullins, Sterling Hts., Mich. 9029 215.0 8-16-0 240 9269 1,350
24David Whitehead, Las Vegas, Nev. 8920 212.4 7-17-0 210 9130 1,300

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla.$1,270
 Doug Kent, Macedon, N.Y.1,150
27James A. Miller, Tempe, Ariz.1,120
28Rodolfo Monacelli, Venezuela1,100
29Gene Carter Jr., Glen Mills, Pa.1,080
30Carmen Salvino, Chicago1,060
#31Bruce Hamilton, Kirkland, Wash.1,040
32David Ozio, Vidor, Texas1,020
33Biff Borowitz, Monroe, Wis.1,010
34George Pappas Charlotte, N.C.995
 Ron Williams, Fort Worth, Texas995
36George Branham III, Arleta, Calif.975
#Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas975
38Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y.960
3Guppy Troup, Daytona Beach, Fla.950
40Jim Stefanich, Joliet, Il.940
41Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif.930
42Wayne Webb, Beaumont, Texas920
43Jimmie Pritts Jr., Methuen, Mass.910
44Paul Renteria, Tucson, Ariz.900
45Bob Benoit, Topeka, Kan.890
46Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind.880
47Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio865
 Rowdy Morrow, St. Louis865
49Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.850
50Joe Berardi, Wellington, Fla.830
 Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas830
 Del Warren, Lake Worth, Fla.830
53Bruce Carter, Las Vegas, Nev.810

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Pete Weber, 4351. 24th place - Pete McCordic, 4046. 53rd place - Bruce Carter, 3943. # - Amleto Monacelli (3), Dave Traber Curtis Odom, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Steve Cook and Bruce Hamilton rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS - David Ozio, Alan Bishop, Parker Bohn III, Marc McDowell, Joe Firpo and Gary Dickinson ($50 each).