Dissatisfied with his performance the first half of the Denny's PBA Tour schedule, Lockport's Brad Angelo decided . . . to do nothing.
Over the two-week Tour break, Angelo did not touch a bowling ball.
"I didn't even bring any of my stuff home," he said. "During the break I spent time with my kids and celebrated the holidays. Bowling wasn't even on my mind.
"Sometimes when you are in a slump, the best thing to do is get away from it. You might get yourself in deeper trouble if you try to fix it rather than getting away."
The approach apparently helped a bit. Angelo led with a 1,717 after the first seven-game round of qualifying Thursday at the H & R Block Classic at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. He finished the round with four games of at least 257 after starting with a 190.
Angelo fell to third place after he bowled 1,604, including games of 279 and 269, in the second seven-game block Thursday night but that had to be encouraging.
Earning PBA Tour Rookie of the Year honors in 2003 got Angelo's pro career off to a promising start. It seemed only a matter of time before he won his first Tour title. It hasn't happened yet.
Still the Lockport pro has fashioned a reputation as one of the most consistent bowlers on the Tour. He was the points leader in 2004 when he made five television shows. Although his points total fell off each of the last two seasons, he made three TV shows in each.
This year, though, he hasn't reached a televised final. His only top 10 finish was the Etonic Championship at AMF Thruway Lanes in November. Three times he didn't qualify for match play with a low finish of 58th in the Lake County Indiana Classic, the week after the stop in Cheektowaga.
In match play in Reno, Angelo had the misfortune of running into Hall of Famer Pete Weber in the round of 32. Angelo is now 0-4 in matches against the Missouri veteran. After a slow start, Angelo took a 3-2 led in the match with a 286 game -- Weber shot 184 -- but Pete came back to win the the last two games for a 4-3 victory. So Angelo's quest goes on.
Jack Jurek of Lackawanna qualified sixth in Reno defeated Tim Criss, 4-1, in the round of 32, then was swept by Ryan Shafer of Horseheads in the round of 16. Joe Ciccone and Buffalo native Tom Baker failed to make it to match play. Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga earned a place in the tournament via the qualifying round on Wednesday but did not make it to match play.
Johnson has a shot at earning exempt status for the 2007-08 season because she leads the non-exempt points race with 27,332.
Going into this week, Jurek stood seventh in points (82,245), fourth in earnings ($69,800) and 20th in average (221.05) on the Tour. Ciccone was 13th in points (69,434.50), 19th in earnings ($22,700) and 12th in average (222.49). Angelo was 25th in points (53,794.50), 22nd in earnings (21,290,) and 27th in average (220.03). Baker was 30th in points (44,691), 34th in earnings ($16,400) and 33rd in average (217.40).
Kuhn's feat overlooked
It was thought to be a first when Cindy Carroll of Tonawanda finished first in singles, doubles, four-bowler team and all-events at the New York State Women's championship last spring.
Upon further review, it turns out she is the second to win four titles in a single state tournament.
In 2000, at Niagara Falls, Peggy Kuhn of North Tonawanda won singles with 741 and doubles (690), was on the winning five-member team (690), and took all-events with 2,121.
*Jim Wolf led the qualifying with 757 and Terry Bennetti claimed the first championship of 2007 in the Brunswick Senior Shootout at Transit Lanes. Bennetti defeated John Zak, 210-201, in the title match after eliminating Randy Faith and John Geraci on his way to the finals.
*Scott Terzo edged Mike Zarcone, 195-192, to win the New Year's Day NY Eliminator at AMF Thruway and capture the $1,500 top prize. Carl Kinyon and T.J. Ruggiero also reached the title match.
*Erie Community College's men finished 14th among 17 teams, first among two-year schools, and the women were 13th among 17 teams and second among two-year institutions in the Nittany Lion Kegler Classic Tournament last week. Ryan Ciminelli led the ECC men with 1,759 and a 195.4 average, which placed him 23rd overall. Tori Stobnicki led the Lady Kats with 1,545, 30th overall. St. John's (men) and Purdue (women) captured team titles.