John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda came within two victories of winning his first title on the PBA Tour, finishing third in the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classsic at the Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del.
Szczerbinski qualified in the No. 3 slot on the stepladder after going 11-5 in match play then lost his semifinal match to Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 244-235. O’Neill fell in the championship match to Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., 289-255.
Szczerbinski earned $4,000 for finishing third. Haugen won $15,000.