Brad Angelo always thought it would be nice if he could win his first Denny's PBA Tour title on home ground. Whether there's any chance of that happening at the Etonic Championship may be a moot question.
Angelo suffered a lower back injury during a training workout and may be a scratch from the tournament, which opens today at AMF Thruway Lanes in Cheektowaga.
"It's going to be a game-time decision," Angelo said, sounding like Dick Jauron or Lindy Ruff. With therapy and rest, Angelo is hoping he will be able to carry on today as the tour's only Western New York stop begins at 2 p.m.
Meanwhile, Rich Ferraro, an unsung 20-year-old from Rochester, and Rhino Page, a former collegiate and amateur star, provided most of the dramatics in Wednesday's Tour qualifying round.
Ferraro, a Monroe Community College student, averaged 248.43 for a seven-game total of 1,739 to lead the qualifier and earn -- along with seven others -- a place in the field of 64 bowlers.
The left-hander from Webster came on after a slow start. Ferraro bowled a 299 in his fourth game and finished his round with 276, 276 and 269. That was enough to finish one pin in front of Page, a former University of Kansas bowler who is a member of Team USA. Page's round included the day's only 300, in his fourth game.
Ferraro finished 52nd in last year's Etonic qualifier but his confidence increased after he bowled well in the Bud Lite Challenge at Thruway Lanes last Sunday. That tournament was won by Page.
"The experience [from having bowled at Thruway before] was the big thing," Ferraro said.
It was only the second time an amateur has led a Tour qualifier. The first time was at the GEICO Classic here in 2006, when Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga topped the field as an amateur. Ciminelli was 16th on Wednesday.
Page opened his round with a 277 game followed by a 216 and 190. He quickly made a ball change after the first frame of his fourth game and shot a 279, followed by 243, 300 and 233.
Only one spot in the field of 64 is reserved for an amateur. Since that went to Ferraro, April Ellis of Jackson, Tenn., did not qualify even though she finished sixth. Ellis, one of two females in the field, bowled a 1,590.
The best finish for a Western New York bowler was 13th by Kevin Smith of Tonawanda.
The 64-player field will bowl two seven-game blocks today (2 and 7 p.m.) to determine the 32 bowlers who will enter match play starting at 9 a.m. Friday.