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Bowling News USA - April 5, 2011 Osku Palermaa shoots big games to win the 2nd Dream-Bowl Palace Open

Two-hander achieves perfection in semifinal match against Kimmo Lehtonen


Three-time European Bowling Tour ranking champion Osku Palermaa (pictured left) of Finland averaged 256.17 in the single-elimination finals of the 2nd Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open Sunday at Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany en route to win the title and the 10.000 Euro top prize.

In the high-scoring championship match over two games total pinfall, Palermaa defeated Swede Johan Helldén, 524-496. With the 100 ranking points for the victory in the EBT Silver tournament, Palermaa overtook the lead in the 2011 EBT men's rankings.

Palermaa, who has won his first PBA title in the PBA World Series of Bowling in November 2010, finished qualifying among the top six to earn two byes for the first round of the finals. The two-hander averaged 247.75 in Round Three to earn the No. 2 seed for the eight-player head-to-head match play portion.

In the opening round, Palermaa rolled games of 241 and 257 to eliminate fellow countryman and national team mate Petteri Salonen (left), 498-443. In an all-Finnish semifinal match against lefty Kimmo Lehtonen (right), Palermaa took a 74-pin lead with a 300 game and cruised to a huge 516-443 victory.

Helldén had to go the distance after finishing qualifying in 17th place. The Swede rolled four-game series of 936, 982 and 978, an average of 241.33, en route to earn the No. 4 seed for the playoffs.

He started his way to the title match with a stunningly ruthless 524-496 victory against PBA super star and Tournament of Champions winner, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland. Helldén had games of 279 and 245, while the frontrunner for PBA Player of the Year honors had 216 and 280.

The Swede carried the momentum into his semifinal match against three-time EBT ranking champion Paul Moor defeating the Englishman, 459-390.

Helldén pocketed 6.000 Euro for second place. Moor, seeded third, and No. 8 seed Lehtonen received 2.500 Euro each for third and fourth place. Last year's runner-up and top seed Robert Andersson (left), Sweden, who fell to Lehtonen in the opening round, 483-452, was fifth, followed by Koivuniemi, PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (right) and Salonen. Places 5-8 received 1.500 Euro apiece.

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