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Vol. 71 No. 44 January 5 - 11, 2011 . 50 cents
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Chris Montagna 844,Michael Mullin 300 at Lodi
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Finland’s OskuPalermaa, Europe’s premier two-handed bowler, survived a 173-149 battle with topqualifier Dan MacLelland of Windsor, Ontario,to win his first PBA Tour title in the PBAShark Championship at South Point BowlingCenter.Widely considered the most difficult of thePBA’s five so-called “animal” lane condition-ing patterns, the Shark took a bite out of theentire field of power players. In the end, it wasPalermaa’s ball speed and ability to loft the balldown the lane, using his two-handed tech-nique, that made the difference as four splitskilled MacLelland’s bid for his first PBA Tour title.With his victory, Palermaa accomplished his primary objective in traveling to the UnitedStates to bowl in the multi-event PBA WorldSeries of Bowling: an opportunity to also bowlin the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions Jan. 15-22 at Red Rock Lanes in LasVegas. The PBA Tournament of Champions is openonly to bowlers who have won a PBA title.“That was the main part of my being here,”Palmeraa said. “Being from Finland, I can’t bowl inthe PBA regional tournaments, so (winning a title dur-ing the World Series of Bowling) was my only way in.It’s the biggest tournament I’ve ever had a chance to bowl in. I can’t wait.“Will I be a favorite?” he grinned. “Oh, yah. WhenI am bowling my A game, I’m going to be on top.”On his way to his title, Palermaa also won a long-awaited showdown against his Pacific region counter- part, Australia’s Jason Belmonte. The Shark Championship was the first time the world's best two-handed bowlers had ever met each other on television.“It was our first match on TV so I wanted to be theone to get the first win,” Palermaa said. “There will be plenty more to go, and we’ll see what happens. But Igot the first one.”Belmonte started the Shark finals with a 248-223victory over Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., and hethen eliminated reigning PBA World Champion TomSmallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 208-192, to set up hisshowdown with Palermaa in the semifinal match.As the high-revolution power players burned awaythe oil in the front part of the lanes, both two-handersstruggled. In the end, it was a 4-6 split in the 10thframe that doomed Belmonte. A spare/strike in the10th frame gave Palermaa a 182-176 victory and achance to bowl MacLelland for the title.“I’m happy with the way I bowled,” Palermaa said.“I might have wrapped my hand around the ball a littletoo much a couple of times, but I made my spares. Itwas the Shark. It was expected the lanes were going toget ugly. There’s only so much oil and it got burnedup.”Palermaa appeared to accept his milestone victory ina stoic Scandinavian manner, but he admitted later hewas more excited than he appeared to be.“I’m an emotional guy, but it’s inside,” he said.“Why waste the energy showing the emotions? It’s theFinnish way. That’s the way I learned to do it. MaybeI should be more emotional, but that’s the way I’mused to doing it.”
The sixth and final World Series of Bowling telecast will be a special U.S.A. vs. The World team competi-tion which will air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. Eastern. United States team members will be Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz.; Ronnie Russell of Camby, Ind.; Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas; Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan.; Chris Barnes, Double Oak,Texas, and Bill O’Neill, Southampton, Pa. International players will be Finland’s Palermaa, Kimmo Lehtonnen and Mika Koivuniemi; Canada’s MacLelland; Australia’s Belmonte and Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli.
Osku Palermaa Wins PBA Shark Championship
By Bill Vint
- PBA Media Relations
Joe Kowalski, Russ Van Housen 300,Ken Carson 832 at North Arlington Bowl
Finland’s two-handed star bowler Oksu Palermaa beatPBA’s most difficult Shark Pattern to win WSB event.
Kevin Harrity 805, Rudy Johnson 300At Brunswick Zone Carolier
Gabe Ferrari 300-804 at MajesticRalph DiPasquale, Ray Sisco 300At Parkway Lanes
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SEATTLE, Wash. – Since the formation of the ProfessionalBowlers Associationin 1958, no one hascontributed more tothe organization in somany different waysthan PBA Hall of Famer Chuck Pezzano.In recognition of the81-year-old Clifton, N.J., native’s contributions to thePBA, his name will be permanent-ly attached to the organization beginning with the introduction of the Chuck Pezzano PBA PressRoom during the PBATournament of Champions at RedRock Lanes in LasVegas, Jan. 15-22. TheChuck Pezzano PBAPress Room also willwelcome the newsmedia at all futureLumber LiquidatorsPBA Tour events and itwill have a permanenthome on pba.com for all news media visitorswho visit the PBA’s official web-site.“It think it’s a pretty nice honor,”Pezzano said. “It came as a com- plete surprise.”
PBA Names Press Room in Honorof Hall of Famer Chuck Pezzano