Osku Palermaa triumphs in PBA World Championship


    2011-12 PBA Tour #5

    Two-hander from Finland wins his second career PBA title, first major and $50,000

    201112PBAOskuPalermaa.jpg201112PBARyanShafer.jpgOsku Palermaa (pictured left) from Finland, defeated Ryan Shafer (right), Horseheads, N.Y., 203-177, to win the PBA World Championship, the Professional Bowlers Association’s first major championship of the 2011-12 season, Saturday in a special arena lanes setup at South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.

    It was the second career PBA title and his first "major" title after his victory in the 2010 PBA GEICO Shark Championship for the two-hander, who earned the $50,000 top prize. Shafer received $25,000 for second place.

    201112PBASeanRash.jpg201112PBAJasonBelmonte.jpgPalermaa, Shafer, Sean Rash (left), Montgomery, Ill. and Jason Belmonte (right), Australia survived three eliminator rounds in their respective divisions to advanced to the championship round in the same format.

    Rash, who dominated the World Championship qualifying and advanced to his fifth consecutive championship round in this year's World Series of Bowling, led the first round with 245 and was followed by Shafer with 236, while the two international players were forced into a one-ball roll-off after a 203-202 tie.

    Palermaa ousted Belmonte, 10-6. The Aussie, who has won his career titles No. 2 and 3 in Friday's TV finals, set a highlight in the Mike Aulby Division by rolling a 300 game in Eliminator Round Two. Belmonte finished in fourth place, worth $10,000.

    201112PBA01StuartWilliams.jpg201112PBA03DominicBarrett.jpgRash, who eliminated Pete Weber in the Johnny Petraglia Division final, was sidelined in the next round, finishing third for $13,000.

    With Palermaa's victory in the championship match, the international players have won all five PBA titles in the WSOB so far. Joining Palermaa on the winner's list are Belmonte (2) and England's Stuart Williams (left) and Dominic Barrett (right).

    The top 16 in the PBA World Championship qualifying including six international players - Palermaa, Belmonte, Barrett, Williams, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela and Andres Gomez, Colombia - advanced to a series of four divisional elimination rounds in determining the PBA World Championship winner.

    In each divisional final, named in honor of past PBA World Champions, four players bowled one game with the lowest-scoring player eliminated.

    The three surviving players bowled a second game, again eliminating the low score. The two survivors then bowled a game to decide who advanced to the PBA World Championship finals which followed the same format.

    All five PBA World Championship telecasts will air on ESPN on five consecutive Sundays except Christmas Day (Dec. 11, 18, Jan. 1, 8 and 15) at 1 p.m. ET.

    2011 PBA World Series of Bowling concludes on Sunday with the Lumber Liquidators Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles preliminary round at 10 a.m., doubles finals at noon, Carmen Salvino Classic finals at 3:30 p.m. and the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship at 5:30 p.m.


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    PBA World Championship Don Carter Division Finals

    Four division winners, three one-game elimination matches

    Eliminator Round 1
    Dom Barrett, England, 257
    Stuart Williams, England, 215
    Osku Palermaa, Finland, 187
    Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 169 ($4,000)

    Eliminator Round 2
    Dom Barrett 201
    Osku Palermaa 188
    Stuart Williams 170 ($4,500)

    Eliminator Round 3
    Osku Palermaa 223 (advances to the finals)
    Dom Barrett 189 ($5,000)

    (ESPN telecast Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m. Eastern).


    PBA World Championship Billy Hardwick Division Finals

    Four division winners, three one-game elimination matches

    Eliminator Round 1
    Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 267
    Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 258
    Andres Gomez, Colombia, 222
    Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 194 ($4,000)

    Eliminator Round 2
    Andres Gomez 219
    Ryan Shafer 207
    Ildemaro Ruiz 180 ($4,500)

    Eliminator Round 3
    Ryan Shafer 191 (advances to the finals)
    Andres Gomez 177 ($5,000)

    (ESPN telecast Sunday, Dec. 18, 1 p.m. Eastern).


    PBA World Championship Johnny Petraglia Division Finals

    Four division winners, three one-game elimination matches

    Eliminator Round 1
    Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 279
    Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 266
    Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 257
    Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 236 ($4,000)

    Eliminator Round 2
    Pete Weber 268
    Sean Rash 246
    Ryan Ciminelli 219 ($4,500)

    Eliminator Round 3
    Sean Rash 246 (advances to the finals)
    Pete Weber 222 ($5,000)

    (ESPN telecast Sunday, Jan. 1, 1 p.m. Eastern).


    PBA World Championship Mike Aulby Division Finals

    Four division winners, three one-game elimination matches

    Eliminator Round 1
    Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 231
    Mike Fagan, Dallas, 194
    Jason Belmonte, Australia, 188
    Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 139 ($4,000)

    Eliminator Round 2
    Jason Belmonte 300
    Brian Kretzer 231
    Mike Fagan 220 ($4,500)

    Eliminator Round 3
    Jason Belmonte 196 (advances to the finals)
    Brian Kretzer 179 ($5,000)

    (ESPN telecast Sunday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m. Eastern).


    PBA World Championship Eliminator Finals

    Four division winners, three one-game elimination matches

    Eliminator Round 1
    Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 245
    Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 236
    Osku Palermaa, Finland, 203
    Jason Belmonte, Australia, 203 ($10,000)
    Palermaa def. Belmonte in a one-ball roll-off, 10-6.

    Eliminator Round 2
    Ryan Shafer 222
    Osku Palermaa 217
    Sean Rash 193 ($13,000)

    Osku Palermaa 203 ($50,000)
    Ryan Shafer 177 ($25,000)

    (ESPN telecast Sunday, Jan. 15, 1 p.m. Eastern).