Mobil 1 Classic



$150,000 MOBIL 1 CLASSIC
Bay Lanes, Bay City, MI, Oct 18-22, 1997

Monacelli Strikes Oil In Mobil 1 Classic

Amleto Monacelli hadn't won on American soil since the summer of 1994. Bay City, Mich., had not hosted the PBA since 1973. Monacelli celebrated the PBA's return to Bay City by winning the inaugural Mobil 1 Classic.

Monacelli, who had arrived at Bay Lanes from his native Venezuela, defeated tournament leader Jason Couch, 213-191, to earn his 17th title and first since winning the Japan Cup in Tokyo in 1996. His last win in the U.S. came in Lexington, Ky., in August of 1994. The win was worth $25,000.

The 36-year old Monacelli had not bowled the first two events of the Fall, opting to stay home to celebrate his son's first birthday.

"This is great to win again in the United States," said Monacelli. "It's very tough for me to leave home now because of my family. Other guys can always go home for a couple of days between stops, but I don't have that option."

Couch, who had averaged a little more than 250 over his 42 games of qualifying and match play, led the field by 619 pins and struggled in the title match. With the match tied through three frames, Couch, Clermont, Fla., proceeded to throw three consecutive open frames. Monacelli was clean through seven frames and struck in frames eight and nine to salt the match away.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela698 (3 games)$25,000
2Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla.191 (1 game)13,000
3Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.201 (1 game)9,000
4John Mazza, Shelby Township, Mich.500 (2 games)7,000
5Jess Stayrook, Tempe, Ariz.201 (1 game)6,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Mazza defeated Stayrook, 290-201; Monacelli defeated Mazza, 217-210; Monacelli defeated Bohn, 268-201; and in the championship game. Monacelli defeated Couch 213-191.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 10502 250.0 16-8-0 480 10982 
2Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 9853 234.6 17-7-0 510 10363 
3Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela 9811 233.6 18-6-0 540 10351 
4Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 9781 232.9 16-8-0 480 10261 
5John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI 9651 229.8 15-9-0 450 10101 
6Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 9545 227.3 16-8-0 480 10025 $5,000
7Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9476 225.6 14-10-0 420 9896 4,500
8Dennis Horan, San Diego 9594 228.4 9-15-0 270 9864 4,000
9Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 9339 222.4 16-8-0 480 9819 3,600
10Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, FL 9477 225.6 11-13-0 330 9807 3,300
11Eric Forkel, Tucson, AZ 9326 222.0 13-11-0 390 9716 3,100
#12John Gant, Winston-Salem, NC 9443 224.8 9-15-0 270 9713 2,900
13Justin Hromek, Andover, KS 9378 223.3 11-13-0 330 9708 2,700
14Steve Hoskins, Tamon Springs, FL 9252 220.3 13-11-0 390 9642 2,500
#15Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9309 221.6 11-13-0 330 9639 2,400
16Don Sylvia, Vero Beach, FL 9283 221.0 11-13-0 330 9613 2,300
17Pete Weber, St. Ann, MO 9235 219.9 11-13-0 330 9565 2,200
#18Brian Voss, Atlanta 9227 219.7 11-13-0 330 9557 2,100
19Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS 9243 220.1 9-15-0 270 9513 2,000
20Lee Johnson, Bloomington, IN 9211 219.3 10-14-0 300 9511 1,900
21Scott Alexander, Seattle 9113 216.9 11-13-0 330 9443 1,850
22Jim Johnson Jr., Tampa, FL 9178 218.5 8-16-0 240 9418 1,800
23Paul Koehler, Stuart, FL 9099 216.6 6-18-0 180 9279 1,750
24Mark Roth, Wall Township, NJ 8766 208.7 6-18-0 180 8946 1,700

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Dale Eagle, Lewisville, TX$1,570
26Eugene McCune, Munster, IN1,410
27Wayne Webb, Las Vegas1,370
28Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, FL1,340
29Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA1,310
30Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, OH1,290
31Danny Wiseman, Baltimore1,270
32Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX1,250
33Billy Myers Jr., Temple City, CA1,240
34Len Blakey, Tacoma, WA1,230
35David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,220
36Jimmy Davis, Houston1,210
37Billy Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, MI1,200

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Jason Couch. 24th place-Doug Kent. Kent defeated Dale Eagle in a roll off, 189-178. 37th place-Billy Orlikowski, 3944. PRO-AM CASHERS-Mike Durbin, Bryan Goebel, Justin Hromek, Tommy Delutz Jr., Scott Alexander and Billy Orlikowski ($50 each). #-Mike Durbin, Tim Criss (2), John Gant, Steve Jaros, Brian Voss, Tommy Kress and Randy Pedersen rolled 300 games ($100 each).