Finnish Two-Handed Star Palermaa Wins GEICO Shark Championship, Qualifies for Tournament of Champions

Finland's Osku Palermaa, Europe's premier two-handed bowler, survived a 173-149 battle with top qualifier Dan MacLelland of Windsor, Ontario, to win his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title in the PBA GEICO Shark Championship at South Point Bowling Center.

The finals of the GEICO Shark Championship, which lived up to its name, aired Sunday on ESPN.

Widely considered the most difficult of the PBA's five so-called "animal" lane conditioning patterns, the Shark took a bite out of the entire field of power players. In the end, it was Palermaa's ball speed and ability to loft the ball down the lane, using his two-handed technique, that made the difference as four splits killed MacLelland's bid for his first PBA Tour title.

With his victory, Palermaa accomplished his primary objective in traveling to the United States to bowl in the multi-event PBA World Series of Bowling: an opportunity to also bowl in the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions Jan. 15-22 at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas. The PBA Tournament of Champions is open only 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 in the PBA regional tournaments, so (winning a title during 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. When I 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 counterpart, 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 the one to get the first win," Palermaa said. "There will be plenty more to go, and we'll see what happens. But I got the first one."

Belmonte started the Shark finals with a 248-223 victory over Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., and he then eliminated reigning PBA World Champion Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 208-192, to set up his showdown with Palermaa in the semifinal match.

As the high-revolution power players burned away the oil in the front part of the lanes, both two-handers struggled. In the end, it was a 4-6 split in the 10th frame that doomed Belmonte. A spare/strike in the 10th frame gave Palermaa a 182-176 victory and a chance 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 little too much a couple of times, but I made my spares. It was the Shark. It was expected the lanes were going to get ugly. There's only so much oil and it got burned up."

Palermaa appeared to accept his milestone victory in a stoic Scandinavian manner, but he admitted later he was 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 the Finnish way. That's the way I learned to do it. Maybe I should be more emotional, but that's the way I'm used to doing it."









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South Korea's Gu Pulls Off Stunning Upset to Win PBA Scorpion Championship

Yong-Jin Gu, a slightly-built 48-year-old left-hander, had never bowled in a Professional Bowlers Association event before the World Series of Bowling, but he pulled off one of the biggest upsets in PBA history when he defeated an international field of opponents to win the PBA Scorpion Championship at South Point Bowling Center.

The finals of the PBA Scorpion Championship aired Sunday on ESPN. It was the first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour television final ever to include four international players and only one American.

Gu (pronounced "coo") upset four straight opponents, including top qualifier Jun-Yung Kim, 236-224, in the all-South Korea championship match, to become the first South Korean ever to win a PBA Tour event.

In a stunning finish, Gu held a 10-pin lead entering the ninth frame, but he missed a 7 pin spare conversion to surrender his lead. Needing a nine-count spare and strike to win, Kim then left a pocket 7-10 split on his first shot in the 10th frame to hand the victory back to Gu.

Gu started the stepladder finals with a 245-204 victory over former Saginaw Valley State collegiate All-American Dan MacLelland of Windsor, Ontario, throwing strikes on seven of his first nine shots. In his second match, Gu routed 2010 Pepsi Viper Champion Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., 256-208, again striking on eight of his first 10 shots. He then romped to a 233-208 victory over Australia's two-handed star, Jason Belmonte, throwing seven strikes in eight tries. Gu had his first open frame in the 10th against Belmonte, but by that time he had already clinched a trip to the final match.

"I can't even say how happy I am," Gu said through an interpreter. "This was my first trip to the United States. Winning wasn't even in my dreams."

Regarding his first-ever shot on television, Gu said, "I didn't feel anything. I just threw the shot." But he quickly showed high-pitched emotions which followed virtually every strike. "It's what we call showmanship in Korea," he said. "It helps me relieve my stress before the next shot."

Gu, who idolizes PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke "because he's small like me," had no idea what kind of reception awaited him upon his return home, but he had already learned he and Kim had become instant national celebrities simply by qualifying for the American television finals. South Korea's leading newspaper, television network and bowling magazine immediately flew representatives to the U.S. to cover the finals.

Kim, who realized Gu had given him an opening when he missed the 7 pin, said his immediate reaction after leaving the 7-10 split was, "I lost. My shot in the 10th went farther right than I wanted. It was a good shot, but not the one I wanted to throw."



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予選 Part 3 に続き準々決勝に入っても吉川朋絵の勢い止まらず(準々決勝の6Gアベが250.16)2位の松永裕美に165ピン差をつけてトップ!松永は前半596で伸び悩むも後半738で再び追走態勢に!そして今年プロ入りの進博美(43期:フリー27歳)が大健闘を見せ現在3位につけている。


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California Attorney Scott Norton Wins First PBA Tour Title in Chameleon Championship

California attorney Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, Calif., held court for the first time as a full-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour competitor in the title match of the Chameleon Championship at South Point Bowling Center, and he won his case.

The Chameleon Championship finals - the third of five legs in the PBA World Series of Bowling - aired Sunday on ESPN.

Norton, a 28-year-old left-hander who passed his California bar exam just a year earlier, delivered a powerful opening statement in his first PBA Tour television appearance, starting the title match with eight strikes before converting a 4-7 spare in the eighth frame in easily defeating Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan., 256-181. Rash had won three consecutive matches to reach the championship contest.

"It's pretty amazing. I've worked a long time for this," Norton beamed. "It's an unbelievable, crazy feeling. I was unconscious for a lot of that match."

The son of Professional Women's Bowling Association and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Virginia Norton earned his opportunity to bowl as a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt player for the 2010-11 season by winning the 2009 PBA Regional Players Invitational. This season might be his rookie year as a full-time PBA Tour competitor, but he came into it fully prepared.

"I got to grow up watching my mother bowl, and I got to see her on TV and wondered what that would be like," he said. "I got to see her inducted into both halls of fame, and I always kinda dreamed and hoped that I could do that someday, too."

The physical game he learned under his mother's wing, and the mental game he learned under Team USA sports psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz after winning the 2000 U.S. Amateur Championship, helped explain his composure as he threw a near-perfect game at Rash.

"I knew I could come out here (on Tour) and compete," he said. "I knew I could make shots, but sometimes that's not enough. It just happened to be in the cards today that I was able to make shots and have it work out."

"Seriously, I don't remember half of that game. I just remember getting up and saying the same things to myself, over and over. I told myself I was going to hit my target, execute and that set the tone. I was really able to stay within myself. I couldn't see anything to either side. I really thought I was going to have a problem with the lights and people and the camera on the ball return, but when we got started, I didn't see any of that. All I saw was the lane and the pins.

"When I got up in the ninth frame, I really wasn't thinking about 300," Norton said. "I realized I was going to win and that's the only thing that was going through my mind."

"Now I know I can compete against these people," he added. "That show included an amazing group of players who are going to wind up in the hall of fame. To be able to go out there and beat them really meant a lot to me. It really gives me a boost of confidence to know I can do it."

Rash, who had experienced a series of disappointments on television over the past two seasons, looked almost unbeatable in eliminating Finland's two-handed star, Osku Palermaa, 236-211; Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 227-175; and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, 235-217. But he couldn't keep up with Norton's strike barrage in the title contest.







O'Neill Romps to Third PBA Tour Title in Pepsi Viper Championship

Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., made his third Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title look easy, eliminating four competitors to capture the Pepsi Viper Championship at South Point Bowling Center. The Viper Championship finals - the second leg in the PBA World Series of Bowling - aired Sunday on ESPN.

O'Neill, considered by many veteran observers to be a rising star on the PBA Tour, struck on six of his first seven shots in the title match to soundly defeat top qualifier Andres Gomez of Colombia, 237-203. To reach the championship contest, the No. 4 qualifier romped past PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, 244-159; Mike DeVaney of Murrieta, Calif., 242-209, and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., 248-192.

In one of the most dominant television performances in memory, all four matches were decided by the eighth frame. After converting a 4 pin in the first frame against Monacelli, O'Neill threw five strikes in a row to take an overwhelming lead. He started his match against DeVaney with six strikes, struck on seven of his first eight shots against Jones and maintained his torrid pace against Gomez.

Overpowering performances on television haven't always been O'Neill's strong suit. In fact, it took him a little over four years and a dozen unsuccessful television appearances before his breakthrough victory in the 2009 Chameleon Championship in Allen Park, Mich.

"When I make a TV show now, I have a better idea of what to expect," O'Neill said. "Today I knew the other guys were going to try to hook the lanes a lot, so I decided to do just the opposite, and it wound up perfect."

"When your opponents give you an opening, you have to put them on their heels. You have to dig deep and throw a double, and not let them get back into the match. That's something I wasn't able to do before. I'd get too excited and throw the ball through the break point and leave a 2-8-10. So I've learned to gear down, take a deep breath.

"It was a matter of getting used to the TV environment," he said. "Before, I'd wonder if it was going to be my last show, that I had to win because I might never make another telecast. But you can't bowl like that. Now I figure I'll have 100 more times like this. I bowl a lot smarter. Getting that first title is huge. Even a guy like Pete (Weber), who has a million titles, has struggled of late. No matter where you are in your career, it's going to happen."

"A year ago I had no titles and I kept putting pressure on myself," O'Neill continued. "Now I have three. It's pretty cool. But the one I want to win is the PBA World Championship. Everyone wants to win majors, and winning that one would put me in a good place in the Player of the Year race."

"Player of the Year is a huge goal for me, especially after coming so close last year. Chris Barnes and Tommy Jones actually came up with a nickname for me last year: "Nice Run." They called me that for about six months, so I need to put that nickname to rest."



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今年一年、男子プロボウリング界に夢のような奇跡と希望をもたらしてくれた川添 奨太、ありがとう!そしてお幸せに!


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