January 3, 2007 19:00
Over the two week Denny’s PBA Tour break, Brad Angelo did not touch a bowling ball and didn’t even think about the game.
The Lockport, N.Y., native credited a clear and refreshed mind from the break as the reason for finishing at the top after the first session of the Round of 64 in the 2007 H&R Block Classic at the National Bowling Stadium.
“I didn’t even bring any of my stuff home. I left my shoes and everything on the PBA truck during the break,” said Angelo, who will take a seven-game pinfall of 1,717 into tonight’s second seven-game session. “During the break I spent time with my kids and celebrated the holidays. Bowling wasn’t even on my mind. Sometimes when you are in a slump, the best thing to do is get away from it. You might get yourself in deeper trouble if you try to fix it rather than getting away.”
Angelo began the day with his lowest score of 190 before rebounding with a 234. After switching to a Brunswick Red Zone, Angelo posted a 246 and four games of at least 257.
One pin behind Angelo in second is Jason Couch (Clermont, Fla.), who ended the first session with his two highest games of 278 and 277.
Brian Himmler (Cincinnati) rounds out the top three with 1,678, highlighted by a 299 in his fifth game.
Amateur Patrick Flynn III (Caldwell, Idaho), who led Wednesday’s Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round, is in fourth with 1,676.
Norm Duke withdrew from the competition citing a toe injury suffered Wednesday night.
All 64 bowlers return at 6 p.m. PST for another seven games. The top 32 from today’s rounds advance to Friday’s single-elimination match play with the Round of 32 scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PST.
The top four bowlers will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 10 a.m. PST at The National Bowling Stadium. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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