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Bowling News USA - January 18, 2011 Storm's Osku Palermaa in Control at PBA Tournament of Champions


Storm International star Osku Palermaa maintained a 234.6 average and expanded his lead after the third of four qualifying rounds in the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Tuesday.

Palermaa, Europe’s premier two-handed bowler, led PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., by one pin after Monday’s opening round, built his edge to 18 pins over Hong Kong’s Robert Smith after 10 games, and increased his advantage to 65 pins over Duke after 15 games, finishing the day with a total of 3,519 pins. Duke had a 3,454 total.

Palermaa used a Storm Prodigy.™

Storm's Tyler Jensen is 18th. To hear an interview with Tyler, click here:

Palermaa is making his Tournament of Champions debut after winning the GEICO Shark Championship during the PBA’s World Series of Bowling in early November to qualify for the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s richest event.

Prior to the Tournament of Champions, Palermaa competed in Sunday’s PBA World Championship stepladder finals at South Point Bowling Center on the south side of Las Vegas, where he was eliminated by eventual champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas. As a one-time PBA title winner, he then raced to the northwest side of Las Vegas to bowl the 14-game Champions Field round where he finished in a tie for 12th to advance into the Tournament of Champions’ Elite Field.

“I’ve been busy the last couple of days, but now it doesn’t matter,” Palermaa said. “I didn’t bowl 100 percent in the Champions Field – just enough to get used to my equipment and to get into the Elite field.

“Monday night I got a lot of good breaks,” he said. “This morning I used the same ball and I made good adjustments when I needed to. The lanes were a little tougher and I had a few bad breaks, but I wasn’t worried. And tonight was my best block so far.

“Tonight was a fresh condition, which is tougher for me. I was all over the place at the start,” Palermaa said. “A few bad shots turned into splits, but I bowled the best overall of any block.

“My confidence is getting better, too. Even if I would have started with a bad game, I had a cushion, and I finished with a good game – a 278 – so I feel good about making the first (cashers’) cut with only five more qualifying games to go,” he added. “Now my eyes are on the match play cut (top 24). That’s when the tournament will really begin.”

With one qualifying round to go Wednesday morning before the field is cut to the top 53 cashers, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., was in third place with 3,443 pins followed by Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., with 3,436 pins and Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., at 3,418.

Defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., slipped to 42nd place with 3,226 pins, 26 pins above the cut to the cashers’ round. Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, was the player on the cut line in 53rd place with 3,200 pins.

The 53 cashers will bowl two seven-game rounds Wednesday night and Thursday morning to narrow the field to 24 for head-to-head match play.

After three eight-game match play rounds Thursday evening and Friday – a total of 58 games - the top four will advance to Saturday’s stepladder finals 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.

Red Rock Lanes, Las Vegas, Nev., Tuesday, Jan. 18


1, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,519. (Storm)
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,454. (Storm)
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,443.
4, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,436.
5, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,418.
6, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 3,413.
7, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,412.
8, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,402.
9, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,384.
10, (tie) Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla. (Storm), and Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 3,374.
12, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 3,357.
13, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,354.
14, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 3,351.
15, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,350. (Storm)
16, (tie) Eric Forkel (Storm), Las Vegas, and Brian Ziesig, Levittown, N.Y., 3,322.
18, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,321. (Storm)
19, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 3,314.
20, Bob Learn Jr., Macomb, Mich., 3,300.
21, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,295.
22, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 3,294.
23, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,289.
24, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,286, (Storm)
25, (tie) Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,273.
27, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 3,272.
28, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 3,270. (Storm)
29, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,265.
30, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,263.
31, Josh Chambliss, Charleston, S.C., 3,254.
32, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,253.
33, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 3,248.
34, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 3,245. (Storm)
35, (tie) Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill.(Storm), and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,242.
37, Christopher McSwain, Kings Mountain, N.C., 3,241.
38, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 3,240.
39, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,238.
40, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,229.
41, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,227.
42, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,226.
43, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,224.
44, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,219. (Storm)
45, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,218.
46, Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 3,217.
47, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,215.
48, Rick Minier, Houston, 3,214.
49, (tie) Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 3,210.
51, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,209.
52, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,206. (Roto Grip)
53, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,200. (Roto Grip)

54, (tie) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 3,199. (Storm)
56, Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md., 3,195.
57, Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 3,190.
58, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3,188.
59, Stuart Williams, England, 3,186.
60, (tie) Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 3,184.
62, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 3,176.
63, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 3,175.
64, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,174.
65, (tie) Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,170. (Storm)
67, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 3,167.
68, (tie) Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,165.
70, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,161.
71, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,141. (Storm)
72, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 3,131.
73, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 3,128.
74, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,114.
75, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 3,111.
76, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3,109.
77, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 3,102.
78, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 3,100. (Storm)
79, (tie) Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., and Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 3,099.
81, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 3,095.
82, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 3,094.
83, (tie) David Ruder, Edmond, Okla.; John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 3,092, and Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,092.
86, (tie) Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, and Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 3,089.
88, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 3,081.
89, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3,074.
90, Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., 3,072.
91, (tie) Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., and David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 3,067.
93, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,065.
94, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,064.
95, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3,061.
96, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore, 3,059.
97, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,055.
98, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,049. (Roto Grip)
99, Tom Crites, Loveland, Colo., 3,048.
100, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 3,030.
101, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,027.
102, David Traber, Hebron, Ill., 3,026.
103, Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 3,008.
104, Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,005.
105, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,002.
106, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,994.
107, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 2,992.
108, (tie) Doug Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, and Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla., 2,987.
110, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,952.
111, Warren Nelson, Madera, Calif., 2,949.
112, (tie) Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., and Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 2,944.
114, (tie) Dale Eagle, Frisco, Texas, and Aaron Pawloski, Brentwood, Calif., 2,930.
116, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,922.
117, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 2,912.
118, Palmer Fallgren, Bradenton, Fla., 2,889.
119, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,870.
120, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 2,842.
121, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 2,830.
122, William Wilson, Anaheim, Calif., 2,823.
123, Corey Atkinson, Montgomery, Texas, 2,818.
124, Steven Black, Phoenix, 2,816.
125, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, withdrew.


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