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Three WNY bowlers advance at USBC Masters

Three Western New York bowlers are among the 64 who qualified for match play after Thursday’s final five-game qualifying round in the USBC Masters Championship at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind.

John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga and Brad Angelo of Lockport made it to double-elimination match play starting Friday to determine the five finalists for Sunday’s stepladder championship round (ESPN, 1 p.m.). Szczerbinski tied for 16th after bowling 1,022 for a 3,282 total (218.80 average). Ciminelli had his best round of the week, a 1,206 which included 269 and 268 game, to stand in 30th with a 3,230. Angelo was 37th after shooting 1, 093 for 3,199.

Defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia shot 1,256 on Thursday for a 3,483 (232.20 average) to seize the lead from amateur Matt Ogle of Indianapolis, who dropped to 21st place. Ogle had two 300 games in Wednesday’s round. Belmonte’s round on Thursday included a 300 game.

Buffalo native Tom Baker of King, N.C., amateur Tony Dolan of West Seneca, the 2015 Obenauer Masters champion and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga missed the cut. Baker finished 114th with 3,049. Dolan had his best round of the week on Thursday (1,084) for a 3,015 total to finish 140th. Johnson was 149th with a 3,007 total.

Among big names missing the cut were Walter Ray Williams, Norm Duke and Pete Weber.