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Bowling News USA - November 6, 2011 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling Report - 11/6/11

Belmo, Osku go 1 - 2 on the Chameleon...Ruiz makes another show.


International Storm staffers Jason Belmonte of Australia and Osku Palermaa of Finland took the top two spots after qualifying in the Professional Bowlers Association Chameleon Open Sunday at South Point Bowling Center.

Belmonte and Palermaa, the only players to have won a PBA Tour title using a two-handed delivery, will advance to the Chameleon Open televised finals which will be taped by ESPN at 3 p.m. on Nov. 18.

After 14 games of qualifying in the second tournament of the PBA World Series of Bowling, Belmonte, whose PBA title came in the 2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Open, led with a 3,308 pinfall total (236.2 average). Palermaa, whose Tour title came in last season’s GEICO Shark Championship finished second with 3,292.

“I was bowling scared yesterday, like I was afraid to make errors which caused more errors,” said Belmonte of his disappointing 75th place performance in yesterday’s Bayer Viper Open. “I was too cautious and I had to make sure to come out more aggressive today.

“Today was a new day and generally I had more confidence. Any time I got into a lull or I was cruising I just kept reminding myself not to bowl scared—just grab the ball and get it. This is a huge confidence builder for the rest of the tournament.”

Belmonte used a Roto Grip Outlaw.

Also advancing to the Chameleon TV finals were four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash in third, with a 3,267 total, and Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela in fourth with 3,183 pins. It will be the second consecutive TV finals for both players who also qualified for the Bayer Viper Open finals.

Ruiz used a Storm Victory Road and Roto Grip Outlaw.

With Rash and Belmonte in the Chameleon finals, a re-match is possible from their emotional “bottlegate” confrontation during the GEICO PBA Team Shootout in June in Chicago. Both players will also go head-to-head in the World Bowling Tour finals which is also part of the World Series of Bowling lineup.

The Chameleon Open is the second leg in the PBA World Championship. In addition to competing for a spot in the Chameleon Open finals, all World Series of Bowling competitors will bowl two more eight-game qualifying rounds in the PBA’s Scorpion and Shark tournaments over the next two days to qualify for the eight-game PBA World Championship cashers round.

The top 16 players after 40 games will then advance to the World Championship ESPN-taped divisional finals scheduled for Nov. 19 starting at 10:30 a.m.


South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Sunday

(After 14 games; top 4 advance to ESPN finals)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,308 (Storm Staff)
2, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,292 (Storm Staff)
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,267. 
4, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,183.

DID NOT ADVANCE (after 14 games)

5, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 3,172, $2,500. 
6, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 3,164, $2,400. 
7, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,162, $2,300. 
8, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 3,160, $2,200. 
9, Antonio Medina, Louisville, Ky., 3,122, $$2,150. 
10, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,121, $2,100 ((Storm Staff)
11, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,113, $2,050. 
12, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,108, $2,000. 
13, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3,098, $1,950. 
14, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,065, $1,900. 
15, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,044, $1,850. 
16, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 2,970, $1,800.

 DID NOT ADVANCE (after 8 games)

17, (TIE) Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,826, (Roto Grip Staff) and Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,826, $1,275.

19, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,825, $1,200.

20, (TIE) Stuart Williams, England, 1,824, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,824, $1,135 

22, Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,822, $1,100.

23, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,817, $1,090.

24, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,816, $1,080 (Storm Staff)

25, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,814, $1,070 (Storm Staff)

26, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,812, $1,060.

27, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 1,810, $1,050.

28, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,804, $1,040.

29, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,799, $1,030.

30, Dom Barrett, England, 1,797, $1,020 (Storm Staff)

31, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,795, $1,010 (Storm Staff)

32, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,794, $1,000 (Storm Staff)


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