Ryan Ciminelli will have a shot at the biggest payday of his career on the professional tour when he bowls in the finals Sunday of the PBA World Championshipat the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.
The 31-year-old left-hander from Cheektowaga stood third in the qualifying standings after the completion of the cashers round on Tuesday night.
Qualifying for the World Championship involved 10 games each in the four animal pattern championships that make up the PBA World Series of bowling. The top 49 bowlers after 40 games, competed in the cashers' round with five games more on each pattern. Altogether, it involved six days of competition and 60 games.
Jesper Svensson, a 22-year-old left from Sweden, averaged 241 to earn top qualifer honors for the stepladder finals which will be bowled at 3 p.m on Sunday and taped for showing on ESPN at 1 p.m. on Dec. 31. As the No. 1 qualifier, Svenson has the choice of which animal pattern will be used for the stepladder matches. Svensson had 14,465 total pins. Second was two-handed stylist Jason Belmonte of Australia with 14,129. Ciminelli totaled 14,031. No. 4 qualifier ws Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 13,931 and No. 5 is Matt Sanders of Evansville, Ind., 13,830.
The championship will be worth $60,000. The worst Ciminelli could finish fourth, which would be worth $20,000.
Ciminelli will be trying for his second major title on the tour. He won the 2015 U.S. Open and collected $50,000.
Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., a former Cheektowaga resident, finished 14th with 13,641 pins for $6,500. Brad Angelo of Lockport was 22nd with 13,572 pins and earned $4,400.