Palermaa wins third round and qualifying by a landslide at Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters


    2007 WRM

    Kegel Training and Tournament Center in Lake Wales, Fla. (May 3-7, 2007)

    2007WRMOskuPalermaa4.jpg Osku Palermaa, the two-hander from Finland, fired his third consecutive 1900-plus series to take the No. 1 seed for the single-elimination best-of-three game finals in the Kegel/USBC World Ranking Masters at Kegel Training and Tournament Center in Lake Wales, Fla.

    2007WRMThomasIvonneGross_small.jpg Palermaa will meet Austria's Thomas Gross in the quarterfinals, who finished with a 278-game to beat out Singapore's Remy Ong for the 8th and final qualifying spot. Gross and his wife Ivonne are the first couple in the history of the World Ranking Masters that qualified for the WRM in the same year.

    Palermaa, who is the reigning QubicaAMF World Cup champion, secured the top seed after seven games on the dual lane condition (lane 3 short oil and lane 4 long oil; lane 5 long oil and lane 6 short oil; lane 7 short oil and lane 8 long oil; lane 9 long oil and lane 10 short oil; lane 11 short oil and lane 12 long oil) with 224, 276, 277, 236, 225, 245 and 267 and coasted to victory with a 196 game.

    He averaged 241.58 for the round and pocketed $2,000, $1,000 for leading the squad, his second after yesterday on short oil, and another $1,000 for leading the qualifying. The Finn chalked up 5798 pins, an average of 241.58 for 24 games, and posted the sole 300 game of the tournament in the 8th game on the short oil pattern on Friday.

    2007WRMJasonBelmonte_small.jpg 2007WRMPeterLjung_small.jpg Fellow two-hander Jason Belmonte (left), Australia, couldn't match Palermaa's vigorous pace but secured the No. 2 seed with an 1806 series on Day #3 to finish with 5564 (231.83).

    The High Roller champ will meet lefty Peter Ljung (right), Sweden, in tomorrow's quarterfinals. The Swede doubled in the 9th and 10th frame of his last game to beat Gross by eleven pins, 5290 to 5379.

    2007WRMStuartWilliams_small.jpg 2007WRMDavidOSullivan_small.jpg Third and fourth place belonged to Stuart Williams (left) and Paul Moor, both from England, two of the most familiar faces on the European Bowling Tour. Williams edged three-time European Ranking champion Moor for third place by 69 pins, 5523 to 5454, and faces Team USA's David O'Sullivan (right) in match play. The U.S. National Amateur Champion, who replaced team mate Bill Hoffman, who could not participate due to a toe injury, landed in sixth place with 5405 (225.21).

    2007WRMMartinLarsen_small.jpg 2007WRMPaulMoor_small.jpg Doubles World Champion Martin Larsen (right), who started the final game in 8th place, closed out the round with ten consecutive strikes and 279 to earn the fifth place with 5420 to set up a quarterfinal match with Moor (left).

    The three-day qualifying round ended with an almost complete triumph for the European Zone representatives.

    Seven out of eight players including Belmonte, who qualified for the WRM through the European Bowling Tour, made the cut to the finals. Reigning World Games champion and former World Cup winner Kai Virtanen was the sole European, who failed to advance. Virtanen finished 14th with 5217 and an average of 217.38.

    2007WRMRemyOng_small.jpg O'Sullivan, representing the American Zone, could become the second consecutive wild card winner after Khalid Al Dubyan, Kuwait, who won the title last year. All players from the Asian Zone were eliminated. Their best, two-time World Champion and 3-time Asian Games Champion Remy Ong, slipped from sixth place all the way out of the finals after a disappointing 170 in the last game.

    Quarterfinal Match-ups:

    #1 Osku Palermaa, Finland vs. #8 Thomas Gross, Austria
    #2 Jason Belmonte, Australia vs. #7 Peter Ljung, Sweden
    #3 Stuart Williams, England vs. #6 David O'Sullivan, United States
    #4 Paul Moor, England vs. #5 Martin Larsen, Sweden

    Men's Division - Standings after Qualifying (Third Block)

    Top eight advance to single-elimination best-of-three games match play

    Men's Division - Block Three Results (one lane with short and one lane with long oil)