Bowling News USA - January 18, 2011 Osku - Norm Showdown in Vegas... $250,000 to the PBA's T of C winner...
Storm International star Osku Palmeraa averaged 235.8 to take the first round lead in the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Monday by one pin over 33-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist and fellow Storm staffer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla.
Palermaa, Europe’s premier two-handed bowler, earned the chance to compete in the Tournament of Champions when he won the GEICO Shark Championship during the PBA’s World Series of Bowling in early November.
During the World Series, Palermaa also qualified for Sunday’s PBA World Championship stepladder finals at South Point Bowling Center, but after he lost his match to eventual champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, he had to race across Las Vegas to bowl the 14-game Champions Field round in order to remain in the hunt for the Tournament of Champions’ title.
Palermaa finished in a tie for 12th among the 50 Champions Field qualifiers who advanced into the Elite Field and he then finished the first qualifying round with a five-game total of 1,179 pins to nip Duke, a PBA Hall of Famer and the 1994 Tournament of Champions winner, for the early lead. Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., and Bob Learn Jr. of Macomb, Mich., were tied for third with 1,165 totals, and Robert Smith of Hong Kong was fifth at 1,161.
“I’ve been busy the last couple of days, but now it doesn’t matter,” Palermaa said. “I didn’t bowl have to 100 percent in the Champions Field – just enough to get used to my equipment and to get into the Elite field. Tonight I got a lot of good breaks, but that’s what you need. I’ll take it.
“Making the first cut is the first thing on your mind. And this is only five games out of 58,” he added. “You can only lose the tournament today, not win it.”
Defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., the first woman ever to win a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title, was in 38th place, solidly in contention to advance to the 53-player cashers’ round which will be determined after 15 additional qualifying games Tuesday and Wednesday. The 53 cashers will bowl two seven-game rounds Wednesday night and Thursday morning to further prune the field to 24 for head-to-head match play.
After three eight-game match play rounds Thursday evening and Friday, the four leading players will advance to Saturday’s stepladder finals which will air live on ABC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. The winner of the PBA’s first telecast on ABC in 14 years will earn a record $250,000 first prize.
46TH PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Red Rock Lanes, Las Vegas, Nev., Monday, Jan. 17
FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING (after 5 games)
1, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,179.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,178.
3, (tie) Bob Learn Jr., Macomb, Mich., and Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,165.
5, Robert Smith, Hong Kong, 1,161.
6, (tie) Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., and Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,157.
8, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,156.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,153.
10, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,151.
11, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,146.
12, Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md., 1,139.
13, Brian Ziesig, Levittown, N.Y., 1,136.
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,133.
15, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 1,131.
16, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,124.
17, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,123.
18, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,122.
19, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,121.
20, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,118.
21, (tie) Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, and Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 1,115.
23, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,112.
24, Rick Minier, Houston, 1,111.
25, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 1,110.
26, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,109.
27, (tie) Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., and Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,108.
29, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,105.
30, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,102.
31, (tie) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,098.
33, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,097.
34, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,096.
35, Christopher McSwain, Kings Mountain, N.C., 1,093.
36, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 1,091.
37, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,090.
38, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,086.
39, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,085.
40, (tie) Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., and Eric Forkel, Las Vegas, 1,083.
42, Stuart Williams, England, 1,081.
43, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,077.
44, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,069.
45, (tie) Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss.; Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,067.
48, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,066.
49, (tie) Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,064.
51, (tie) Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 1,062.
53, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,060.
54, (tie) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., and Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,059.
57, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,058.
58, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,055.
59, (tie) Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,052.
61, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,051.
62, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 1,050.
63, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 1,047.
65, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,044.
66, Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 1,038.
67, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,037.
68, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,036.
69, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,035.
70, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,034.
71, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,033.
72, (tie) Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla., and John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 1,032.
74, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,031.
75, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 1,030.
76, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,029.
77, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore, 1,028.
78, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,025.
79, (tie) Palmer Fallgren, Bradenton, Fla., and Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 1,024.
81, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,011.
82, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,010.
83, Josh Chambliss, Charleston, S.C., 1,009.
84, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,007.
85, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 1,004.
86, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 1,002.
87, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 1,000.
88, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 999.
89, (tie) David Beres, Waukesha, Wis.; Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, and Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 998.
92, (tie) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.; David Ruder, Edmond, Okla., 995 and Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 995.
95, (tie) Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, and Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 991.
97, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 990.
98, Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 989.
99, Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., 988.
100, William Wilson, Anaheim, Calif., 987.
101, Warren Nelson, Madera, Calif., 984.
102, (tie) Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., and Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 982.
104, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 981.
105, Doug Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 979.
106, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 973.
107, Corey Atkinson, Montgomery, Texas, 968.
108, (tie) Tom Crites, Loveland, Colo.; Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., and Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 966.
111, Aaron Pawloski, Brentwood, Calif., 963.
112, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 961.
113, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 959.
114, Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 955.
115, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 954.
116, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 953.
117, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 949.
118, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 948.
119, David Traber, Hebron, Ill., 941.
120, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 937.
121, Dale Eagle, Frisco, Texas, 931.
122, Steven Black, Phoenix, 929.
123, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 909.
124, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 890.
125, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 880.
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