Cheektowaga's Ciminelli Wins Third Obenauer Masters
Sunday, 5.15.2016
Ryan Ciminelli (L) at the Obenauer Masters trophy and check presentation by GBUSBC President Greg Merkle
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - Ryan Ciminelli captured his third Greater Buffalo USBC Association George A. Obenauer Masters title Sunday as he defeated North Tonawanda's John Szczerbinski in the championship match at AMF Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga.

Having been knocked into the Elimination Bracket to start the day by Szczerbinski, Cheektowaga's Ciminelli would need two victories in the 3-game total pins match play to take the title, winning 687-662 in the first match before posting a 742-601 win in the final.

The first match of the finals went back-and-forth as Szczerbinski took a 16 pin lead after 2 games, before both players went on a strike dispay in the 3rd game going for the championship.  Szczerbinski would be stopped by two 10 pins, while Ciminelli's first strike in the 10th frame sealed the match before he went on to a 300-259 win that would force a second final match for the title.

The second title match would see Ciminelli grab control of the match with a 277 second game on the way to a 742-601 final win.  His 742 would be the highest 3-game total rolled in match play.

Szczerbinski started the day with a one-pin victory in the final match of the Winner's Bracket, defeating Ciminelli 638-637, while Curtis Foss defeated Mike Johnson 617-601 to advance in the Elimination Bracket.  Foss then was defeated by Ciminelli 638-591 to set up the final.

This year's event drew 115 players to AMF Airport Lanes with qualifying on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by match play which started on Thursday.  Ciminelli was awarded the Pete Parisi Award as the tournament's high qualifier.

53rd Annual George A. Obenauer Masters
AMF Airport Lanes, Cheektowaga, NY

Final Standings

1. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, NY
2. John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, NY
3. Curtis Foss, Medina, NY
4. Mike Johnson, Grand Island, NY

Winner's Bracket Final
Szczerbinski def. Ciminelli, 638-637

Elimination Bracket
Foss def. Johnson, 617-601
Ciminelli def. Foss, 638-591

Final
Ciminelli def. Szczerbinski, 687-662
Ciminelli def. Szczerbinski, 742-601
 
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