Despite averaging 250.29 for seven games in the final round of qualifying, then shooting a 229 in the position game, Brad Angelo of Lockport missed the cut to five for Sunday’s stepladder final of the FireLake PBA Tournament of Championship in Shawnee, Okla. Angelo collected $5,000 for finishing eighth. He was only 37 points behind Hall of Famer Peter Weber who stands fifth on the stepladder.
Angelo had games of 258-268-227-248-252-256 and 243 to move up to ninth place. He gained one more place in the position round. For the tournament, Angelo averaged 232.77 for 39 games.
PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., will lead the field of five into the stepladder finals (ESPN, 1 p.m.) after a final round that saw 10 players within reach of the TV show going into the final game. Tackett had locked up the top spot and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. was safe in second place. Tackett averaged 238 for 9,294 pins, 49 better than Jones.
The leader board re-shuffled throughout the round before England's Dom Barrett locked up the third sport; Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., rolled a 258-game to knock Australia's Jason Belmonte out of the show, and Weber of St. Ann. Mo., barely held on to the fifth berth, finishing six pins ahead of fellow Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla.