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Johnson, Angelo advance in T of C bowling

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga and Brad Angelo of Lockport were among the players who advanced to Thursday’s cashers’ round of the 51st FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

Johnson, the reigning Professional Women’s Bowling Association Player of the Year, was in a tie for 20th place completing the second eight-game qualifying round on Wednesday. She had a 3,497 total pinfall (218.6 average) after 16 games. Angelo was 24th with 3,493 (218.3).

The first woman ever to advance to the PBA national telecast and the only woman ever to accomplish that feat twice, is looking for her first PBA title.

“I never really put a PBA Tour title on my bucket list, but it would be nice,” Johnson said. “The thing I realized this week is that I bowled my first women’s pro tournament 20 years ago this week, and to think I’m still out here doing what I’m doing is pretty amazing to me.”

Tom Smallwood is the leader with 3,703. Marshall Kent with 3,665 and Pete Weber with 3,662 are next.

At the conclusion of Thursday’s cashers’ round, the top 24 based on 24-game pinfall totals will advance to three eight-game rounds of head-to-head match play to determine the top five for Sunday’s live ESPN finals at 2 p.m. ET.