Brad Angelo of Lockport was in fifth place and Joe Ciccone of Buffalo was sixth Thursday night after 10 games of qualifying in the Miller High Life Masters presented by the American Bowling Congress in Wauwatosa, Wis.
Angelo averaged 224.7 and Ciccone 222.5. They were among four Western New York bowlers to advance to today's five-game qualifying block before the beginning of double-elimination match play Saturday morning.
Andres Gomez of Orlando, Fla., is the qualifying leader with 2,283 pins. Michael Haugen Jr. of Las Vegas was next with 2,260 followed by Robert Smith of Thousand Oaks, Calif. with 2,256 and Patrick Healey Jr., formerly of Niagara Falls and now of Flower Mound, Texas, with 2,249. Then came Baker with 2,247 and Ciccone with 2,225.
The field of 576 was cut to the top 144. Jack Jurek of Lackawanna was 29th with 2,135. Pat Brick of Tonawanda was tied for 110th with 2,135.
PBA World Champion Tom Baker of Buffalo failed to make the cut, finishing 161st with 1,197 pins. John Meczynski of Amherst tied for 169th with 1,994 and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga tied for 181st with 1,988.
The Masters finals at Miller Park in Milwaukee will be televised on ESPN at 1 p.m. Sunday.