May 1, 2013 

Gordon Vadakin
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Past and Present Shocker Bowlers Dominate U.S. Open Championships   

WICHITA, Kan. – Numerous Wichita State alumni are currently dominating the leader boards in three of the four divisions at the United States Open Championships in Reno, Nev. The three divisions include Singles, Doubles, and All-Events.

Shocker alum and current PBA tour member John Szczerbinski (’06-’10) is currently leading the Singles and All-Events divisions. The three-time national collegiate champion averaged 263 in the Singles division, to take the lead by 13 pins. He averaged 247.5 in Team, Doubles and Singles to jump into the No. 1 position in the All-Events division, ahead of the next contender by 59 pins.

Other Wichita State alumni in the top 25 of the All-Events division include Mark Buffa (’02-’05), Scott How (’00-’03), Jesse Buss (’06-’08), and Adam Ferri (’08-’09).

Buss is the only other Shocker, other than Szczerbinski, in the top 20 of the Singles division. He averaged 247 during the three-game series and is currently tied for 18th place. 

Fellow Shocker alumni Chris Greene (’02-’06) and Joe Keltner (’00-’04) are currently tied for first place in the Doubles division with a 1403 series between the two. Keltner is sitting in the No. 3 spot of the All-Events division after shooting 735, 736, and 683 in the Team, Doubles and Singles divisions, respectively.

Russ Wilson (’01-’05) and Jay Futrell (’03-’06) join Greene and Keltner on the Doubles leader board after shooting a six game total of 1,396, earning themselves the fourth place position. WSU alum Rick Steelsmith (’86-’87) is the final Shocker in the top 20 of the Doubles division; currently in 13th place with his doubles partner.

Three teams consisting of previous Shockers are currently in the top 10 of the Team division. Team Leaf Lovers, including George Lambert (’05-’08), current Shocker Francois Lavoie (Quebec City, Canada), and Buffa, currently rests in third place after helping their team shoot a total of 3,509 for nine games, just 29 pins behind the leading team.

Team CareerAthletes.com, consisting of AJ Demond (’01-’03), Casey Slaughter (’99-’02), Chris Drewes (’06-’08), Buss, and Szczerbinski is sitting in fifth with a team total of 3,469.

The last team in the top ten includes Ferri and Rob Young. The pair helped their team shoot 3,375 for the tenth place spot.

The two-month long tournament will conclude on July 6. For more information about the U.S. Open Championships visit bowl.com/tournaments.

The Rhatigan Student Center has been the major financial and administrative supporter of the Wichita State University bowling program since 1959.