John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda and Brad Angelo of Lockport are in good position to move on to match play in the United States Bowling Congress Masters Tournament at the Orleans Bowling Center after strong performances in the second of the five-game qualifying rounds on Wednesday.
Both are well-situated to finish in the top 63 and move on to match play on Friday.
Szczerbinski finished his round Wednesday with games of 278, 238 and 256 for a 1,144 and a grand total of 2,270. After a 189 game, Angelo shot 246, 257, 248 and 230 for 1,170 and a grand total of 2,249.
Matt Zasowski of Tonawanda, who stood 23rd after Tuesday’s first round, shot only 909 on Wednesday and probably will miss the cut. His total for 10 games is 2,049. Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga shot 1,047 for 2,095. Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga continued to struggle. He finished with a 259 game on Wednesday but had only a 1,027 total for 2,061. Obenauer Masters champion Mike Zarcone of the Town of Tonawanda shot 897 for a 1,794.
Jason Belmonte of Australia took over the qualifying lead with a 1,217 on Wednesday (243.4) and 2,416 overall. First-round leader Thomas Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., had 1,063, exactly 200 pins below hit Tuesday score.