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Bowling News USA - March 28, 2013 Osku, Weber and Belmo Maintain in Indy...

Storm's Osku Palermaa left a 7-10 split on his first shot of the day, converted the so-called impossible split and carried that momentum into the lead after four rounds of the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Thursday at Woodland Bowl.

Ironically, Palermaa retained a 29-pin lead over fellow staffer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., when Weber left a 7-10 split in the 10th frame of his final match Thursday night, which he was unable to convert, costing him a chance to overtake the Finnish two-handed star.

Palermaa threw a Roto Grip Defiant™ Soul and Storm SYNC™ on Thursday evening. Weber used a Storm Hy-Road™.

"The lanes had a little more friction tonight," said Storm PBA Tour Representative Del Ballard Jr. "The power players were able to use more aggressive balls because of  their speed and revs. I told our guys that they can't win the tournament tonight, but they can lose it. I was proud of how our guys competed tonight."

Palermaa, a three-time PBA Tour champion and winner of the 2011 PBA World Championship, averaged 240.56 through his first 32 games, but struggled through his the opening round of match play Thursday night, winning four of his eight matches to finish with a total of 7,818 pins. Weber, who can tie the PBA record for most major championships if he wins his 10th major title this week, posted a 5-3 match play record and finished with 7,789 pins.

“I left a 7-10 split in my first frame and converted it, and that’s the way my day started,” Palermaa said. “It was a good omen. To be honest, I’ve probably converted the 7-10 more times than I have bowled 300 games - and I have a few of those – but it was a good day.

“I felt like I bowled better physically Wednesday, but I scored better today,” he added. “Yesterday I made the right moves, but I didn’t make big enough moves. Today the moves were smaller, but I made them pair to pair and I stayed right on top of things.”

But Palermaa saw his 146-pin third-round lead over Storm's Jason Belmonte shrink to 29 pins over Weber in the evening session.

Belmonte used a Storm Reign™ of Power on Wednesday.

“I made a few bad shots,” Palermaa said. “I felt like I had no ball reaction, but I got away with three wins early in the round. I should have bowled better.”

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., was in third place with 7,724 pins followed by Belmonte with a 7,688 total and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., with a 7,536 total.

All-time PBA titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., saw hopes for a 48th title fade. He sat in 19th place with 16 match play games remaining on Friday, 372 pins away from the fifth spot for Sunday’s stepladder finals. Williams needs to win the Tournament of Champions to become the eighth player to complete the PBA Triple Crown (Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open and PBA World Championship) and the third to complete the Grand Slam (Triple Crown plus USBC Masters).

The Tournament of Champions continues Friday with the final two match play rounds at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. After 48 games, the top five players will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN stepladder finals at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Friday’s match play rounds (and the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Saturday night) will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit



Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Thursday

 Round Four (after 32 games, including match play bonus pins)

1, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4-4, 7,818. (Defiant Soul/SYNC)
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-3, 7,789. (Hy-Road)
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-3, 7,724. 
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-4-1, 7,688. (Reign of Power)
5, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5-3, 7,536. 
6, Stuart Williams, England, 4-4, 7,477. (DIsturbed/Crossroad))
7, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 6-2, 7,476. (Hy-Road)
8, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5-3, 7,463. 
9, Dom Barrett, England, 5-3, 7,436. (Frantic)
10, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 5-2-1, 7,428. (Disturbed/Lucid)
11, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 4-4, 7,412. (IQ Tour)
12, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5-3, 7,387. 
13, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-5, 7,370. 
14, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3-5, 7,301. 
15, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3-5, 7,300. 
16, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-5, 7,267. (Frantic/Critical Theory)
17, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 5-3, 7,245. 
18, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3-5, 7,180. 
19, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3-5, 7,164. 
20, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2-6, 7,160. 
21, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3-5, 7,089. 
22, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 3-5, 7,088. (Crossroad)
23, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 3-5, 7,080. 
24, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5-3, 7,070. (IQ Tour)



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