(Born on December 23, 1969) -- Brad Angelo received a head start to success in professional bowling. The sport ran in the family.
Brad’s father, Nin, became something of a television star in 1960-61 when he won for 19 straight weeks on the Channel 4 bowling program, “Beat the Champ.” He trained Brad in bowling from an early age, and the duo teamed up in 1992 to win the Lockport City Tournament the first time they ever bowled together.
Angelo arrived on the pro tour in 2002-03. He averaged about 218 and earned more than $50,000 as a first-year bowler. That was good enough to earn him the PBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Angelo was ever better the next season. He earned more than $115,000, a career-high, and made five television finals. But while Angelo was a consistent performer, he didn’t get his first PBA win until taking a title in the 2008-09 season in Omaha, Neb.
Angelo earned more than $625,000 on the tour in his first 10 years. Now he has another source of income - Brad Angelo Lanes in Lockport. He took over the facility formerly known as South Transit Lanes earlier this year.
--- Budd Bailey