The Barbasol PBA Players Championship in Columbus, Ohio, is over as far as the Western New York representation is concerned. John Szczerbinski, Ryan Ciminelli and Brad Angelo all missed the cut to 24 after three rounds of qualifying.
Jason Belmonte of Australia was the top qualifier with 5,624, heading into Friday's final eight-game round before match play. The last to move on was Anthony Lavery-Spehr of Pasadena, Texas with 5,265 pins.
Szczerbinski came closest to qualifying among the locals. His 5,241 was 25 pins less than he needed. The North Tonawanda bowler, who will turn 29 next Wednesday, got better scores as he moved through the qualifying rounds, bowling 1,714-1,746-1,781. A 170 game in his final round probably kept him from advancing.
Ciminelli's best day was his second round of 1,722, but after starting the third day with games of 270 and 246 he faded to a 1,676. Angelo shot 1,767 on the second day of four games under 200 ended any challenge he may have made.
Ciminelli and Angelo move on next week to the Tournament of Champions in Shawnee, Okla. As a non-winner on the Tour, Szcerbinski is not eligible for the T of C.
All three and Liz Johnson are entered in the USBC Masters Tournament in Las Vegas in two weeks. All three tournament finals will be shown on live on ESPN.
Molina on top
Former Canisius College bowler Tyler Molina will put his championship on the line in the second WBBZ-TV Beat the Champ show of the month from Kerns Avenue Bowling Center. He will be challenged by Mike Mallwitz, with Jeff Pohlman and Jerry Lewandowski waiting in the wings. The show was taped on Jan. 28 at Kerns. Molina shot a 300 game this week at AMF Lancaster Lanes.
The final show from Kerns Avenue this month will be a special event featuring three two-bowler women's teams. Beverly Edwards and Marleen Bradley will make up one team. Fran Adams and Connie McMillan another and Tracy Tillotson and Debbie Flood on the third.
Meanwhile qualifying for the March Beat the Champ shows will take place the next two weekends at Transit Lanes. Qualifying squads will be held at 1 and 3 p.m. today, and 5 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, and Feb. 19 at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. The rolloff to determine the nine challengers will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19. The actual taping of the Beat the Champ matches will be Feb. 26.
Local Tour returns
After two weeks off, the Greater Buffalo Bowlers Tour gets back to action Sunday at the South Buffalo Bowling Center.
John Oliver Jr. became the first Canadian winner on the Tour two weeks ago at Voelkers when he defeated John Martolla, 224-192, in the title match. En route to the final, Oliver defeated John Masiello, 189-183, Tom Sorce, 269-221, and Tony Dolan, 193-184. Martolla defeated Pat Brick, 204-161, Jason Ciliberto, 198-172, and Kevin Bienko, 244-138 on his path to the finals.
Rochester bowler Mike Rose Jr. led the four-game qualifier with 929. Fifty-nine bowlers were entered and the cutline was minus-18.
Bienko leads the Tour points race with 35 after participating in all six events so far this season. Carl Kinyon is next with 25 points. Dana Voytovich and Nate Johnson have 22 points each.
X- Taylor Reese of Medaille was named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Bowler of the Week after she led victories over Roberts Wesleyan and Pitt-Bradford. Reese had a 196 game against Roberts and a 215 against Pitt-Bradford.
More recently, Medaille scored a 4-3 victory over Daemen in their match on Tuesday at Classic Lanes. The Mavericks won the two traditional team matches, 784-711, and 888-848, ending Daemen's seven-match win streak. Katie Good (Frontier) shot 213 and Kaitlyn O'Hara (Clarence) 202 for Daemen, which won the best-of-seven Baker format match, 4-3, by taking th final game, 192-136.
X- With Haley Carroll (Williamsville South) in the lineup, Saint Francis (Pa.) won its own Red Flash Invitational by defeating Norfolk State, 1,078-992, in the final match. Carroll shot a five-game 898 series (178 average) under Sport bowling conditions.
X- After finishing second in the Boulevard Bowl Invitational in Schenectady last Saturday, the ECC men's team took second the next day in the Schnectady County CC Invitational. Dan Streer of ECC led the individual bowlers with 257-1,416 for six games in the Boulevard Bowl event. Joshua Large of ECC was sixth with 245(2)-1,313. Quinn Corrao of Canisius was 13th with 289-1,236.
Streer finished 11th in the Schenectady CCC tournament with 245-1,207. Tom Kress of ECC was 18th with 255-1,181 while Dominick D'Angelo led Canisius with 242-1,165.
ECC's Amy Feldman (201-1,102) was 15th in the SCCC tournament, which was dominated by the home team. Schenectady CCC should be the favorite in the NJCAA Tournament at AMF Airport Lanes later this month.
X- E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., was the overwhelming choice as the 2016 GEICO Chris Schenkel Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year. Tackett won four titles in 2016, including the PBA World Championship. He made the match play finals in all four PBA animal pattern championships that are part of the World Series of Bowling. At, 24, Tackett is the second youngest to win the honor. The late Billy Hardwick was 22 when he won in 1963.