Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, who was the tournament runner-up and top qualifier in 2006, made a huge jump in the standings Wednesday in qualifying for the U.S. Bowling Congress Masters Championship at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J.
Jurek shot a 1,134 for his five-game round and moved from 155th place to 57th with a total pinfall of 2,160. Qualifying ends with another five-game round today with the top 63 plus defending championship Mike Haugen moving on to match play on Friday.
Jurek’s high game was only 238 but his low was 216 in a solid performance on a day when scores were lower on the USBC Masters oil pattern than in the opening round.
Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga dropped from a tie for first place to sixth after his 1,068 pinfall (213.6 average). Ciminelli’s 2,314 total was 67 pins behind leader Sean Rash.
John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, who was in 28th place after a 1,125 round and Buffalo native Tom Baker of King, N.C., (52nd, 1,086) also were inside the cut line.