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Sunday, February 16, 1992 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Bothell Bowler Hamilton Wins First Pba Title

AP

PEORIA, Ill. - Bothell's Bruce Hamilton won his first Professional Bowlers Association title yesterday, beating Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela 224-180 in the final of the $200,000 True Value Open.

Hamilton earned the $40,000 top prize and a berth in April's Firestone Tournament of Champions in Fairlawn, Ohio.

The final game was tied through six frames before Hamilton took the lead for good as Monacelli left the 4-7-10 split and failed to convert. Hamilton finished the game with five consecutive strikes.

"I was focused and prepared mentally to come out and do what I did today," Hamilton said. "It makes me feel good because of all the work I put in these last couple of years. I think all the hard work finally paid off."

Monacelli, the defending champion, would have become the PBA's eighth millionaire with a victory. He earned $22,000 instead.

Copyright (c) 1992 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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