Ebonite Classic



$150,000 EBONITE CLASSIC
Pinboys of Western Branch, Chesapeake, VA, Nov 1-5, 1997

Monacelli Wins Final Ebonite Challenge

Amleto Monacelli claimed his second title in three weeks and Jason Couch walked away with a $10,000 bonus In the final Ebonite Challenge at Virginia Beach Pavilion.

Monacelll, a PBA fall of Famer from Venezuela, survived a unique three-player format in the first match of the live ESPN telecast, then defeated tournament leader Steve Hoskins, 222-213, to earn his 18th career win and $25,000.

"This was my first time in an arena," said Monacelli, referring to the capacity crowd at the Pavilion. "Its 10 times better than any other setting I've experienced for bowling."

To get to the title match, Monacelli, seeded third defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr. and second seed Bob Learn Jr. in the opening match of the telecast which featured all three players bowling on the same pair. Monacelli put together a 224 game which was better than Learn's 193 and Williams' 148.

A tight title match, both Monacelli and Steve Hoskins suffered only one open frame. Monacelli, finishing first, struck out In the 10th frame, forcing Hoskins to get a double and eight pins In his 10th frame to win the match. He struck on his first shot, but lett a 10-pin on his second shot and settled for the second-place check.

The win had added bonus for Monacelli as it qualified him for the winner-take-all Ebonite Challenge Match, which concluded the telecast. Couch and Hoskins had already qualified through an Ebonite Fall Point List while Monacelli's win secured the final spot.

Monacelli shot 252 in the three-person match, but was eliminated when Couch and Hoskins tied at 258. Couch won the two frame roll-off, 49-28.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela698 (3 games)$25,000
2Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL213 (1 game)13,000
3Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA193 (1 game)9,000
4Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA148 (1 game)7,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS-Monacelli defeated Williams and Learn, 224-148 and 193 respectively; and in the championship game, Monacelli defeated Hoskins, 222-213. EBONITE CHALLENGE MATCH: Jason Couch, Clermont, FL, defeated Steve Hoskins and Amleto Monacelli, *258-258 and 222. Couch earned $10,000. *Couch then defeated Hoskins in a two-frame rolloff, 49-28.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL 9350 222.6 17-7-0 510 9860 
2Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 9375 223.2 15-9-0 450 9825 
3Am ate Monacelli, Venezuela 9328 222.1 16-7-1 495 9823 
4Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, CA 9387 223.5 12-12-0 360 9747 
5Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY 9341 222.4 13-10-1 405 9746 $6,000
6Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, NY 9256 220.4 12-9-3 405 9661 5,000
7Sean Swanson, Springfield, MO 9197 218.9 15-9-0 450 9647 4,500
8Norm Duke, Clermont, FL 9177 218.5 13-11-0 390 9567 3,800
 Brian Voss, Atlanta 9207 219.2 12-12-0 360 9567 3,800
10Jess Stayrook, Tempe, AZ 9190 218.8 11-13-0 330 9520 3,300
11Tim Criss, Bel Air, MD 9156 218.0 11-13-0 330 9486 3,100
12Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, IL 9063 215.8 13-11-0 390 9453 2,900
13Del Ballard Jr., North Richland Hills, TX 9102 216.7 11-13-0 330 9432 2,700
14Bryan Goebel Shawnee, KS 9076 216.1 11-13-0 330 9406 2,500
15Randy Pedersen, Hollywood, FL 9092 216.5 10-14-0 300 9392 2,400
16John D. Troup, Taylorsville, NC 9068 215.9 10-13-1 315 9383 2,300
17Jeff Morin, Rockaway, NJ 8962 213.4 14-10-0 420 9382 2,200
18Jeff Zaffino, Warren, PA 8935 212.7 12-11-1 375 9310 2,100
19Len Blake, Tacoma, WA 9002 214.3 10-14-0 300 9302 2,000
20Bob Benoit, Topeka, KS 8943 212.9 10-13-1 315 9258 1,900
21Wayne Webb, Las Vegas 8977 213.7 9-15-0 270 9247 1,850
22Marshall Holman, Medford, OR 8779 209.0 12-12-0 360 9139 1,800
23Jason Couch, Clermont, FL 8517 202.8 9-15-0 270 8787 1,750
24Paul Yoder, Albuquerque, NM 8570 204.0 6-18-0 180 8750 1,700

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
*25Dave Husted, Milwaukie, OR$1,545
 Mark Roth, Wall Township, NJ1,425
27Norman Titus, Flemington, NJ1,360
28Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, KS1,340
29Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY1,320
30George Branham III, Indianapolis1,295
 Dave Wodka, Las Vegas1,295
32Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, KS1,280
33Ron Williams, Fort Worth, TX1,270
34Tommy Kress, Rochester, NY1,260
35John Mazza, Shelby Township, MI1,250
#36Justin Hromek, Andover, KS1,240
37Craig Tuholski, Washougal, WA1,230
#38David Ozio, Vidor, TX1,220
39Michael Luft, Brook Park, OH1,210

*-Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader-Brian Voss, 4186. 24th place-Jason Couch, 3914. 39th place-Michael Luft, 3825. #-David Ozio and Justin Hromek rolled 300 games ($100 each). PRO-AM CASHERS-Amleto Monacelli, Tom Baker, Jim Johnson Jr., Guppy Troup, Ryan Shafer ($50 each); David Traber and Jeff Lizzi ($25 each).