Monacelli moves into Senior Masters lead

LAS VEGAS - Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela surged into the qualifying lead Tuesday after the second round at the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters.

Fresh off a win at last week's Professional Bowlers Association Senior U.S. Open, Monacelli jumped into the lead with a 10-game total of 2,222 (222.2 average) at South Point Bowling Center.

"I wasn't looking at the scores or even thinking about taking the lead," said Monacelli, a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour. "I just wanted to bowl well. I'm happy I'm in first, but wasn't thinking about it at all."

After starting the tournament Monday with a first-round total of 1,093, Monacelli shot 1,129 in the second round on games of 216, 216, 186, 255 and 256.

"I'm pleased with my score today but not with how I threw the ball," Monacelli said. "I knew what I wanted to do but for some reason I wasn't able to do it every shot. I didn't feel good at all today."

PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen of Clermont, Fla., and 2008 Senior Masters champion Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., are tied for second place with 2,221. Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, is fourth with 2,206.

All participants bowl 15 games of qualifying before the cut is made to the double-elimination match-play bracket. The top 63 players plus defending champion Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., will take part in bracket play beginning Thursday morning.

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