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Injury forces Ryan Ciminelli out of PBA Tournament of Champions

Pro bowler Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence has withdrawn from the PBA Tournament of Champions because of an injury.

Ciminelli, the 2015 U.S. Open champion and a seven-time PBA Tour titlist, exited the tournament after the first of Wednesday's six-game qualifying rounds at the historic Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio, outside of Akron.

The 32-year-old lefthander complained of sharp pain in his right shoulder that has been recurring in the last several months.

It was obvious something was wrong when Ciminelli averaged just 164 in the first round of qualifying, putting him at the bottom of the 65-bowler field.

Ciminelli told Bowlers Journal that the injury might have been suffered while doing part-time work as a bricklayer during when he was not on the PBA Tour. "The weirdest part," he said, "it's my right shoulder."

Ciminelli's withdrawal left Brad Angelo of Lockport was the only Western New York bowler in the field for the Tournament of Champions, one of the sport's four "majors."

Angelo finished 34th in qualifying with an 18-game pinfall of 3,805 (211.4 average), and missed thc cut to 24 to begin match play on Thursday night.

Jason Belmonte of Australia, seeking his record 10th major title on the PBA Tour, led after 18 qualifying games with 4,279 pins an average of 237.

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