Kuhlkin Finishes Fourth at U.S. Women's Open
Former Husker Liz Kuhlkin finished fourth at the U.S. Women's Open in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Kuhlkin was the No. 4 seed in the stepladder finals and defeated No. 5 seed Shannon Sellens, 213-183. She later fell to No. 3 seed Shannon O'Keefe, 192-233.
The tournament began on Tuesday and ran through Sunday evening, beginning with a series of qualifying rounds to determine the top 36 competitors. Those 36 bowlers then moved on to play eight games of qualifying to cut to the top 24 players. The top 24 bowlers then advanced on to play eight games of round-robin match play to determine the top five players who would be in the stepladder finals.
Kuhlkin was in 16th (1,594, 199.25) after the opening round of qualifying and moved up to 14th (4,880, 203.33) at the first elimination to advance in the tournament. She was 22nd (6,434, 201.06) after the Cashers' Round and stayed alive by finishing in the top 24. Kuhlkin made up ground on Friday night, going 5-3 in the first round of round-robin match play with a grand total pinfall of 8,233 (202.08). After the final two rounds of match play on Saturday, Kuhlkin was sitting in fourth place with a grand total pinfall of 11,939 (204.63, 16-8) to qualify for the stepladder finals.
Kuhlkin was a three-time All-American, competing for Nebraska from 2012-15 and was the 2015 NTCA Bowler of the Year.