Fourth PBA title for Finn

Third-seed, Osku Palermaa of Finland defeated top seed, Ryan Ciminelli of USA twice in the final match of the 2014 PBA-WBT #12 World Bowling Tour Thailand to win his fourth PBA title.

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Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., had started the first match with three strikes-in-a-row for a 10 pin lead over challenger Palermaa but a split in the fourth frame allowed the two-handed Finn to draw level.

Both rolled a double in the seventh and eight frames but Palermaa had an upper hand with a third in the ninth frame to take the match, 227-213 and forced a second deciding match.

Again Ciminelli got off to a better start with a double and two marked frames as his opponent followed by marking the first four frames. Palermaa then set the lanes on fire as he reeled in six strikes-in-a-row while the American was unable to respond.

Palermaa went on to seal the match and win the title, 243-224 to pocket the top prize of 1 million Thai Baht (approx. US$32,350). Ciminelli settled for 500,000 Baht (approx. US$12,120).

"I hadn't used the urethane ball in the past few days but I started to use it today in the earlier Round 4 finals," said the 30-year-old champion, who owned two PBA titles which he won in 2010 and 2012 and the 2011-12 PBA Championship.

"I was very comfortable with the ball and when I saw Ryan was struggling, I knew I had a good chance to win." Palermaa earned a crack at the title after he dispatched second-seed, Naif Oqab of UAE, 234-191 in the semi-finals.

Palermaa also beat Round 3 leader, Suh Sang Cheon of Korea 224-206 in the quarter-finals. Suh had earlier ousted compatriot and fifth-seed Kim Byoung Suk and winner of the first match, Dominic Barrett of England, 234-217-204.

The Brit, who was seeded No. 6, defeated seventh-seed, Jason Sterner of USA and top Thai, Dechochai Tinjiratip, 257-235-218 to move into the next match.

In this morning's Round 4 finals, Ciminelli earned top spot with 1466. Oqab, who shot his second 300 and the tournament's third, finished second with 1343 ahead of Palermaa in third with 1322.

Suh, Kim and Barrett took fourth to sixth positions with 1305, 1291 and 1268 respectively. Sterner clinched seventh position with 1264 edging compatriot Marshall Kent by 1 pin. Dechochai was awarded eighth for the TV finals as the top Thai, who finished 12th with 1216.

102 bowlers participated in the final stop of this year's PBA-World Bowling Tour season. Mika Koivuniemi of Finland topped the rankings with 567 points followed by Sean Rash of USA in second with 549. Jason Belmonte of Australia finished third with 538.

In the women's division, Kelly Kulick of USA sealed top post by extending her total to 718 points. Liz Johnson of USA took second spot with 459 as Sandra Andersson improved to 410 to finish third. The top 3 in the rankings qualified for the World Bowling Tour Grand Finals.

World Bowling, which is made up of more than 100 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on World Bowling and the World Bowling Tour, visit www.worldbowling.org.




W.R. Williams Wins PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open; Norm Duke Earns PBA50 Player of the Year

Walter Ray Williams Jr. won his ninth career PBA50 Tour title and Norm Duke withstood a challenge from Tom Baker for PBA50 Tour Player of the Year in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer Wednesday at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.

In another all-Hall of Fame championship match, Williams, who won the USBC Senior Masters for his first title of the season, defeated Baker 268-224 in the championship match. With a win Baker could have earned the 16 points necessary to move ahead of Duke of Clermont, Florida, for the Player of the Year title.

“It’s a great way to end a season,” said Williams, who is the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins. “I had a good season and when you can win against the talent that’s out here now it makes it that much more satisfying.

“I think Norm owes me dinner but you can’t take anything away from him – he bowled awesome all year,” Williams added.

Duke left the door open for Baker to make a run at Player of the Year when the two Hall of Famers slugged it out in the Round of 8 with Baker winning the best-of-three match 2 games to 1.

Duke’s closest competitor in the Player of the Year race going into the tournament was Hall of Famer Pete Weber who was just eight points behind but had to withdraw from the tournament prior to match play because of illness which required a hospital visit. He was treated and released.

In the semifinal matches, Baker defeated Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen of Orlando, 246-162 and Williams defeated Don Breeden of Urbandale, Iowa, 279-190, to advance to the championship match.

Williams’ 268 game in the title match and the 279 in the semifinal match were his highest games of the tournament.

“I saved the best for last and that was the time to have them,” Williams said. “Earlier in the day I wasn’t really executing as well as I wanted but I was able to fine tune my adjustments at the right time.”

Duke, who won two titles this season including the Senior U.S. Open, joined Baker as the only players to win PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Baker, of King, North Carolina, earned both honors in 2005 which was the start of a record four consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year crowns for the 12-time PBA50 Tour winner.

“Player of the Year is what you aspire to and it’s the pinnacle of the year,” Duke said. “When I got beat in the Round of 8, the ball wasn’t in my court and that’s never a comfortable situation, but either way, I had a blast all season.”

Also determined at the conclusion of the tournament which was seen live on pba’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame, were the top eight players in competition points who earned an entry into World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2 and a berth in the World Series PBA Champions Challenge PBA50 qualifier which will determine the final two players who will compete in the finals to be televised by ESPN.

The eight who qualified were Williams, Weber, Baker, Duke, Parker Bohn III, Amleto Monacelli, Harry Sullins and Ron Mohr.








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Jack Jurek Wins PBA50 South Shore Open for First PBA50 Tour Title

Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., who has endured a series of bad breaks in his quest for his first PBA50 Tour title, made a breakthrough Thursday night when he struck on eight of his first nine shots to defeat PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen of Clermont, Fla., 242-205, in the title match of the PBA50 South Shore Open at Olympia Lanes.

“It’s never an easy battle out here,” Jurek said. “I’ve won a couple of Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Awards because I’ve lost a lot of times in title matches and people think I’m a nice guy.”

Jurek, who had disappointing losses in Dayton, Ohio, a week earlier after losing a crushing loss to Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. earlier in the year in the USBC Senior Masters title match, came into the finale in Hammond with a fresh attitude, thanks in part to some advice he got from Pedersen, his traveling roommate.

“(Randy) and I talked a little after my debacle in Dayton and he gave me some thoughts about how he approaches things,” Jurek said. “It helped. I’ve got a lot of guys who have been trying to help. (PBA legend) Mark Roth has been telling me, stop being so nice. Go beat people, so tonight I just decided to go for it. I was a lot more aggressive than I have been.”

Against Pedersen, Jurek’s only major mistake was leaving a 2-4-8-10 split in the fourth frame, but otherwise he was nearly perfect.

“Jack was due,” Pedersen said. “He’s been bowling really well. After he left the 2-4-8-10 (in the fifth frame), I was wondering if the old Jack was going to show up or the new one, but he persevered.”

In the first semifinal round between a pair of PBA Hall of Famers, Pedersen defeated Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 267-226, putting a crimp in Weber’s hopes to overtake fellow PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke in the 2014 PBA50 Player of the Year race. That battle will be decided in the PBA50 Tour’s season finale in Welch, Minn., next week.

Duke, who leads the race with 56 points, failed to add to his total in Hammond when he was eliminated in the Round of 8. Weber picked up four points for finishing fourth to increase his total to 48 heading into Welch, Minn. Tom Baker of King, N.C., also remains in contention with 44 points. In the Player of the Year competition, 16 points will be awarded to the tournament winner, the runner-up gets eight points, third-place is worth four points and the fourth-place finisher earns two points.

In the second semifinal match, Jurek, a PBA50 Tour rookie and two-time PBA Tour title winner, used a string of nine strikes to defeat Canadian John Chapman, 267-206. For Chapman, who was trying for his first PBA50 title, it was his highest finish as a senior player.

The most dramatic match of the tournament came in the best-of-five-game Round of 16 when Chapman eliminated Duke, 3-2. After Duke jumped out to a 2-0 lead, Chapman rallied to win the last three games, 247-234, 231-224 and 248-247.

The PBA50 Tour concludes its 2014 season next week with the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn. The season-finale gets underway with a special “Pete Weber Knock Down Pins for Cancer” event on Sunday, Aug. 10, followed by eight-game qualifying rounds Monday and Tuesday at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day. After 16 games, the top 32 players will advance to single-elimination match play competition beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The Round of 8, followed by semifinal and championship rounds, begin at 5 p.m.

The Pete Weber fund-raising event and all rounds of the tournament will be carried live on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.








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