NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio -- Tom Milton, trying to win his second tournament in six weeks, rolled the highest six-game round of the week Thursday afternoon in the Pro Bowlers Tour to take a 78-pin lead after three rounds of the $110,000 Cleveland Open.
Milton, the PBA's leading money-winner in 1983 with more than $32,000, rolled a 1,491 round, averaging 249, and totaled 4,233 for 18 games.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., right-hander won his first title five weeks ago in the Showboat Invitational in Las Vegas.
Trailing Milton was Amleto Monacelii, a 21-year-old second-year pro from Barquesimeto, Venezuela. Monacelli moved up from 11th with a 1,454 round and totaled 4,155.
Rounding out the top five were Mike Aulby, the first-round leader from Indianpolis, with 4,095, one-time champion Ted Hannahs of Zanesville, Ohio, with 4,087 and Steve Cook of Roseville, Calif., with 4,077.
The field of 160 bowlers was trimmed to the top 24 following the third round. Those bowlers rolled 8 games of match play late Thursday.
Two more rounds were scheduled before the top five move on to the championship round Saturday, with a top prize of $15,000 going to the winner.