Ryan Ciminelli averaged 233.125 for his qualifying round on Sunday and jumped from 11th to second place in the standings for the U.S. Open championship at the Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool.
The 30-year-old left-hander from Cheektowaga totaled 1,865 pins for his eight-game block on Sunday on topp of the 1,748 and 1,643 he posted the two previous days.
John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda was ninth after his 1,661 block. He has 5,082 pins for a 211.75 overall average after 24 games of qualifying. Brad Angelo of Lockport shot 1,617 on Sunday for a 5,029 total (209.54 average) and 18th place.
The top 36 made the cut for Monday morning’s cashers round which will determine the 24 bowlers who will enter the start of round-robin match play on Monday night. The stepladder finals will be on Wednesday night and televised by CBS Sports Network at 7:30.
Veteran Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clemont, Fla., shot 1,949 (243.62 averageO on Sunday to take the lead from Jakob Butturff, a 23-year-old left-hander from Tempe, Ariz., who now is in third place.
Western New York native Liz Johnson, now bowling out of Palatine, Ill., did not qualify for the cashers’ round. She finished with 4,755 pins after rounds of 1,551, 1,622 and 1,582.