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Disclaimer: This press release contains results from television shows that have not aired. All shows will air on the following dates on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. EST.
PBA Badger Open: June 11th
PBA Wolf Open: June 18th
PBA Bear Open: June 25th
PBA Milwaukee Open: July 2nd
PBA Summer King of the Swing: July 9th
WICHITA, Kan. – Three Shocker alumni found themselves battling for Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) titles on telecasts at the PBA Summer Swing in Milwaukee, Wis. The telecasts were taped over June 1 and 2 and will be aired five consecutive Tuesdays starting June 11 on CBS Sports Networks at 7 p.m. EST.
Shocker alum Chris Barnes ('89-'92) and Jake Peters ('07-'11) both brought home titles while at the Summer Swing. Peters’ title came in the opening telecast of the Summer Swing. This was the first telecast for the PBA tour newcomer, and also the first telecast to feature an all-Shocker final as Peters faced previous WSU teammate Josh Blanchard ('08-'10).
After leading qualifying for the PBA Badger Open with a 241 average for 10 games, Peters used a 10-6-0 match play record to earn the No. 2 seed on the telecast. Blanchard took a different route, qualifying 15th after 10 games with a 225 average. He then used a huge match play record, 12-4-0 to jump into the No. 1 seed. On the telecast, Peters won his opening match against Aaron Lorincz, 265-174. Both Blanchard and Peters were competing for their first PBA title, and it was Peters who came out on top, 245-212.
“It feels amazing to have accomplished something I had dreamed about since I was 5 years old,” Peters said. “I was nervous heading up to the telecast because I wasn’t sure what to expect. Once I got there, it was strangely familiar. The set was almost the same as when I bowled on the 2010 Intercollegiate National Championships show, so that helped me get comfortable quicker.”
Barnes’ first telecast appearance at the Summer Swing came in the PBA Bear Open, where he averaged 220 for 10 games, earning the No. 2 seed on the show. After completing the match play round with a 9-7-0 record, Barnes faced Jason Belmonte for the PBA Bear Open title. Unfortunately, he fell short to Belmonte, 211-235, to earn a runner-up finish.
In the next event, Barnes was the lone Shocker alumnus on the Milwaukee Open telecast. After averaging 227 for 30 games, Chris Barnes found himself in 3rd. He used a 16-6-2 match play record to jump in front of the pack as the No. 1 seed, only having to win one game for the title on the telecast. He did just that, firing a 246 to Norm Duke’s 237 to capture his 15th PBA title.
Because of their wins, Peters and Barnes earned berths to the GEICO Summer King of the Swing Presented by Lucas Oil. Peters was the No. 4 seed, and lost in the opening round to Norm Duke, 220-190. Barnes was once again the No. 1 seed, but this time Norm Duke, who climbed the ladder, came out on top, 222-213.
Many other Shocker alums had great performances at the Summer Swing. In addition to Peters, Blanchard at the Badger Open, Barnes narrowly missed the telecast, finishing in 6th. Nathan Bohr ('99-'03) finished 12th while Sean Rash ('00-'04) finished 18th.
Three Shockers made the match play round at the Wolf Open, which was the following event. Chris Barnes finished 12th, with Blanchard close behind in 13th, and Bohr in 20th.
Joining Barnes in the match play portion of the Bear Open was John Szczerbinski ('06-'10) where he finished 16th.
The Milwaukee Open was the final event of the week and featured three Shocker alums in the final round; Barnes took home the Milwaukee Open title while Bohr finished 13th and Peters in 18th.
The PBA Summer Swing television shows will air every Tuesday in June and the first two weeks of July. The Badger Open aired June 11th, the Wolf Open airs June 18th, the Bear Open on June
25th, the Milwaukee Open on July 2nd, and the Summer King of the Swing on July 9th. All shows will air on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. EST.
The Rhatigan Student Center has been the major financial and administrative supporter of the Wichita State University bowling program since 1959.