Palermaa keeps lead in Caracas World Cup



    Mampote Bowling Center in Caracas, Venezuela (Nov. 4-10, 2006)

    2006BWCMichaelSchmidt_small.jpg 2006BWCOskuPalermaa_small.jpg Finland's Osku Palermaa (l.) continues to lead the 88-man field after the first day of qualifying at the 42nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Caracas. Palermaa's 2,031 pin total proved out of reach of everyone on the men's second squad, including defending champion Michael Schmidt (r.) of Canada, who posted the best numbers out of Squad B with 1,940 pins and a 242.50 average.

    2006BWCGuyCaminsky_small.jpg Schmidt moved in front of South African Guy Caminsky by eight pins by playing an extreme inside line. By the end of the block, Schmidt was standing in front of the ball return to move as far left as he could to start his approach, and playing the fifth arrow out to an area between boards 5 and 8. The strategy paid off as he concluded his block with a 265 game.

    "I didn't realize it was as late as it was tonight, so even though we finished up kind of late, it didn't seem to affect my scoring at all," said Schmidt. "I just concentrated on my game."

    2006BWCAdrianAng_small.jpg 2006BWCAchimGrabowski_small.jpg Also moving into the top 8 after the men's first block of qualifying were Adrian Ang (left) of Malaysia, 1,869 pins and a 233.63 average (fifth place), Achim Grabowski (right) of Germany with 1,839 pins and a 229.8 average (seventh), and U.S. national amateur champion Dan Patterson (tied eighth place). Patterson is averaging an even 229 per game with 1,832 pins.

    2006BWCDominicBarrett_small.jpg Among the earlier leaders, Caminsky sits in third place with 1,932 pins and a 241.50 average. Alan Gibbons of Ireland is fourth at 1,917 pins and a 239.63 average. Dominic Barrett (pictured) of England dropped into sixth place with 1,864 pins and a 233.0 average.

    Switzerland's Philippe Huber, who has the men's high game of 297, is tied with Patterson for eighth place with 1832. Seoung Joon Baek from Korea rounds out the top 10 with 1828 and an average of 228,50.

    2006BWCReydnierChavez_small.jpg Venezuela's Reydnier Chavez sits in 29th place with 1,684 pins and a 210.50 average. He is 27 pins away from 24th place, where the first cut will be made. Forty-seven of the 88 men competing in this year's World Cup averaged 200 or better for their first eight games.

    Palermaa and the rest of men's Squad A report to the lanes Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. to kick off the second day of qualifying at Centro Nacional de Bowling Mampote. All 88 men and 73 women bowl eight more games Tuesday and Wednesday before the field is cut to the top 24.

    Top 5 after 8 Games (Squad 2 only): 1. Michael Schmidt, Canada, 1940 2. Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 1869 3. Achim Grabowski, Germany, 1839 4. Dan Patterson, USA, 1832 5. Markwin Tee, Philippines, 1825.

    First Round Results

    Palermaa grabs men’s early lead with both hands

    2006BWCOskuPalermaa.jpg Osku Palermaa, the 22-year-old Finn who uses a two-handed delivery, scorched the field in the men’s first qualifying squad Monday at the 42nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Palermaa highlighted a 2,031 eight-game series with games of 279 and 280 to fly past South Africa’s Guy Caminsky and into the top spot by 99 pins.

    Palermaa is averaging 253.88 while Caminsky (right), with 1,932 pins, is averaging 241.50. Third place currently belongs to Alan Gibbons of Ireland, 1,917 pins and an average of 239.63.

    “I’m basically a right-handed bowler; I just use my left hand to steady the ball,” said Palermaa. He added that he picked up the technique when he was 1-1/2 years old. “With my 23rd birthday coming up on the 18th, this would be a nice birthday present to take back to Finland.”

    Palermaa began his campaign today with 259 but said he lost carry power in his third and fourth games. “So I moved inside a little rather than change my ball. The pins are new, so you can’t get too deep inside right away. Overall, though, the lanes played a little easier today than I thought they would.”

    2006BWCDominicBarrett_small.jpg English bowler Dominic Barrett is in fourth place with 1,864 pins and a 233.0 average. Philippe Huber of Switzerland, who is holding fifth place with 1,832 pins and a 229.0 average, tossed the men’s high score so far in his first game today, a 297 game.

    2006BWCPetterHansen_small.jpg Rounding out the top eight are Seoung Joon Baek of Korea at 1,828 pins and a 228.50 average, Petter Hansen (right) of Norway with 1,818 pins and a 227.25 average, and the 1988 World Cup champion Mohammed Al-Qubaisi of the UAE with 227.13 pins and a 227.13 average.

    2006BWCReydnierChavez_small.jpg Venezuela’s Reydnier Chavez (left) has 1,684 pins and a 210.50 average, good for 15th place. Twenty-four of the 44 men bowling in the first squad averaged 200 or better for their first eight games.

    2006BWCMichaelSchmidt_small.jpg Defending World Cup champion Michael Schmidt (right) of Canada will be among those chasing Palermaa Monday evening, when the second squad of 44 men takes the lanes at Centro Nacional de Bowling.

    Earlier in the day, tournament officials announced that there will be no round-robin match play after the cut is made to the top 8 men and women on Thursday. Instead, the top 8 bowl seven more games of straight qualifying and then finish up with a position round to determine the three TV show finalists. The semifinal and championship rounds on Friday will feature best-of-three games matches.

    First Round Results