Amleto Monacelli (born August 27, 1961) of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, is a ten-pin bowler and winner of 19 titles on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour.
Monacelli joined the PBA in 1982, and he won his first tour event in the 1987 Japan Cup. Amleto's style typified that of the modernizing game of bowling, as he was one of the first bowlers to successfully use the powerful cranker-style release.
In the 1989 season he won four titles, including the Touring Players Championship, on his way to winning the Harry Smith Points Leader and PBA Player of the Year awards. This marked the first time an international player had won PBA Player of the Year honors. (In 2004, Mika Koivuniemi of Finland became the second international player to earn this distinction.) Monacelli repeated as Player of the Year in 1990, a year in which he also won the George Young High Average award.
Amleto won his last PBA title in 2005. His 19 total titles place him 14th on the all-time list. He has won over $2.1 million (U.S.) on the PBA Tour, making him one of only seven PBA bowlers in history to surpass $2 million in career earnings. He was ranked #21 on the PBA's 2008 list of "50 Greatest Players of the Last 50 Years," and has rolled 48 perfect 300 games in PBA Tour events.
The PBA recognized Monacelli in 1997 by inducting him into the PBA Hall of Fame, making him the only international player so honored. In a 1999 edition of El Nacional, a Venezuelan newspaper, Monacelli was ranked as the fourth best Venezuelan athlete of the 20th Century. He was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame in 2012.
- Won his first PBA Tour title in the 1987 Japan Cup.
- Made 16 telecasts and finished second seven times before winning his first title.
- Won a career-best four titles in 1989
- Won 1989 Tour Players Championship for his only major title.
- Made his first television appearance in three years by finishing fifth in 2009 U.S. Open.
- Won Etonic PBA Senior U.S. Open in 2012 by defeating Walter Ray Williams Jr. in title match 255-247 in just his third Senior Tour tournament on his way to earning Senior Rookie of the Year honors.
- Successfully defended Senior U.S. Open title in 2013 with 199-193 win over Ron Mohr in championship match.
- Finished second in inaugural PBA50 Tour finals in 2013 losing to W.R. Williams 224-204 in title match.
- Inducted into USBC Hall of Fame in 2012.
- Won PBA50 Pasco County Open for third PBA50 Tour title to open 2014 season.
- Owns one PBA Regional title.
Career Standard Titles (18):
1987 - Tokyo, Japan.
1988 - Las Vegas, Nev.
1989 - Tucson, Ariz. - Wichita, Kan. Mixed doubles, - Reno, Nev.
1990 - Wichita, Kan. - Mixed doubles, Reno, Nev. - Columbus, Ohio.
1991 - Peoria, Ill. - Grand Prairie, Texas.
1992 - Taylor, Mich. - Edmond, Okla.
1994 - Lexington, Ky. Sayville, N.Y.
1995 - Tokyo, Japan.
1997 - Chesapeake, Va. Bay City, Mich.
2005 - Fairlawn, Ohio.
Career Major Titles (1):
1989 Touring Players Championship, Taylor, Mich.
Career PBA50 Standard Titles (1):
2014 - New Port Richey, Fla.
Career PBA50 Major Titles (2):
2012 - Senior U.S. Open, Las Vegas
2013 - Senior U.S. Open, Las Vegas.
1989-1990 PBA Player of the Year.
1989-1990 Harry Smith Point Leader Award.
1990 George Young High Average Award
1997 PBA Hall of Fame
2012 PBA50 Rookie of the Year.
2012 USBC Hall of Fame.
PBA Career 300 Games: 50.
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