John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda won his final seven matches in round-robin play Tuesday night, but came up short of earning the fifth and last spot in the stepladder finals of the U.S. Open Tournament at the Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool.
The former Wichita State All-American finished sixth with 1,275 pins, 122 pins in back of fifth-place Norm Duke, the Hall of Fame veteran from Clemont, Fla. The finish was worth $5,200 for Szczerbinski.
Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, the U.S. Open champion in 2015, finished eighth after going 4-4 in match play Tuesday night and earned $4,800.
Jakob Butturff, a 23-year-old lefty from Tempe, Ariz., went 8-0 in Tuesday night's match play round to finish with 13,101 pins. That was a whopping 617 better than second-place Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., who had 12,484. Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, was third with 12,438 and Graham Fach of Canada was fourth with 12,434.
After struggling in the first round of match play on Monday, Ciminelli and Szczerbinski got back into contention on in Tuesday morning's match play round. Ciminelli moved up to sixth place from 14th by winning six of his eight matches. averaging 235.7 in his wins. Ciminelli lost two of his last three games, shooting 192 and 171.
Szczerbinski was 5-3 in match play Tuesday morning. He averaged 210 in his wins, He had a 234 in one of his three losses.
The stepladder finals will be tonight (CBS Sports Network, 7:30 p.m.).