Twin-grip Players Belmonte and Palermaa Top PBA Chameleon Open Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider November 6, 2011 18:23

LAS VEGAS  – International twin-grip players Jason Belmonte of Australia and Osku Palermaa of Finland took the top two spots after qualifying in the Professional Bowlers Association Chameleon Open Sunday at South Point Bowling Center.

Belmonte and Palermaa, the only players to have won a PBA Tour title using a two-handed delivery, will advance to the Chameleon Open televised finals which will be taped by ESPN at 3 p.m. on Nov. 18.

After 14 games of qualifying in the second tournament of the PBA World Series of Bowling, Belmonte, whose PBA title came in the 2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Open, led with a 3,308 pinfall total (236.2 average). Palermaa, whose Tour title came in last season’s GEICO Shark Championship finished second with 3,292.

“I was bowling scared yesterday, like I was afraid to make errors which caused more errors,” said Belmonte of his disappointing 75th place performance in yesterday’s Bayer Viper Open. “I was too cautious and I had to make sure to come out more aggressive today.

“Today was a new day and generally I had more confidence. Any time I got into a lull or I was cruising I just kept reminding myself not to bowl scared—just grab the ball and get it. This is a huge confidence builder for the rest of the tournament.”

Also advancing to the Chameleon TV finals were four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash in third, with a 3,267 total, and Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela in fourth with 3,183 pins. It will be the second consecutive TV finals for both players who also qualified for the Bayer Viper Open finals.

With Rash and Belmonte in the Chameleon finals, a re-match is possible from their emotional “bottlegate” confrontation during the GEICO PBA Team Shootout in June in Chicago. Both players will also go head-to-head in the World Bowling Tour finals which is also part of the World Series of Bowling lineup.

The Chameleon Open is the second leg in the PBA World Championship. In addition to competing for a spot in the Chameleon Open finals, all World Series of Bowling competitors will bowl two more eight-game qualifying rounds in the PBA’s Scorpion and Shark tournaments over the next two days to qualify for the eight-game PBA World Championship cashers round.

The top 16 players after 40 games will then advance to the World Championship ESPN-taped divisional finals scheduled for Nov. 19 starting at 10:30 a.m.

PBA CHAMELEON OPEN

South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Sunday

(After 14 games; top 4 advance to ESPN finals)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,308.
2, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,292.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,267.
4, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,183.

DID NOT ADVANCE (after 14 games)

5, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 3,172, $2,500.
6, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 3,164, $2,400.
7, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,162, $2,300.
8, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 3,160, $2,200.
9, Antonio Medina, Louisville, Ky., 3,122, $$2,150.
10, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,121, $2,100.
11, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,113, $2,050.
12, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,108, $2,000.
13, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3,098, $1,950.
14, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,065, $1,900.
15, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,044, $1,850.
16, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 2,970, $1,800.

DID NOT ADVANCE (after 8 games)

17, (TIE) Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,826, and Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,826, $1,275.

19, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,825, $1,200.

20, (TIE) Stuart Williams, England, 1,824, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,824, $1,135.

22, Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,822, $1,100.

23, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,817, $1,090.

24, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,816, $1,080.

25, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,814, $1,070.

26, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,812, $1,060.

27, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 1,810, $1,050.

28, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,804, $1,040.

29, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,799, $1,030.

30, Dom Barrett, England, 1,797, $1,020.

31, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,795, $1,010.

32, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,794, $1,000.

33, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,791.

34, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,785.

35, Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 1,784.

36, Chuck Tillson, Rohnert Park, Calif., 1,781.

37, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,773.

38, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,771.

39, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,770.

40, (TIE) Ray Eddy III, Saginaw, Mich., and Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,769.

42, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,768.

43, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,766.

44, Fawaz Abdullah, Bahrain, 1,765.

45, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,762.

46, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,761.

47, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,760.

48, Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 1,758.

49, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,757.

50, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,756.

51, Paola Gomez, Colombia, 1,754.

52, (TIE) Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., and Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,753.

54, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,751.

55, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,750.

56, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,749.

57, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,747.

58, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,746.

59, Mathias Arup, Sweden, 1,744.

60, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,741.

61, (TIE) John DeBenedetta Jr., Las Vegas, and Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,737.

63, (TIE) Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., and Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,734.

65, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,731.

66, (TIE) Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., and PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,728.

68, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,727.

69, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,726.

70, (TIE) Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,722.

73, Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., 1,717.

74, (TIE) Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., and D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,715.

76, Siu Hong Wu, Hong Kong, 1,711.

77, Billy Rogers, Dallas, 1,709.

78, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 1,707.

79, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,705.

80, (TIE) Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and Jong Soo Park, South Korea, 1,704.

82, Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,703.

83, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,702.

84, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,700.

85, Patrick Allen, Baltimore, 1,696.

86, (TIE) Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, and Chris Hayden, Las Vegas, 1,692.

88, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,690.

89, Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 1,684.

90, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,682.

91, Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 1,680.

92, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,679.

93, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,675.

94, (TIE) Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., and Paul Moor, England, 1,674.

96, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,671.

97, Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 1,665.

98, Matthew Thornton, Montgomery, Ill., 1,663.

99, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,660.

100, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,655.

101, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,652.

102, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,650.

103, Zack Hattori, Las Vegas, 1,649.

104, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,646.

105, (TIE) Isaac Amkie Amkie, Mexico, 1,645 and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,645.

107, Joshua McBride, Wichita, Kan., 1,644.

108, Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, 1,639.

109, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 1,638.

110, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,636.

111, (TIE) Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Floyd Raymond, Gaylord, Mich., 1,635.

113, (TIE) Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., and Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, 1,633.

115, (TIE) Clara Guerrero, Colombia, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, and Joseph Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, 1,631.

118, Robert Piroozshad, Ranch Santa Margarita, Calif., 1,629.

119, Tony Campagna Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., 1,628.

120, (TIE) John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., and Mike Armstrong Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 1,627.

122, Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 1,625.

123, Kasey Normandin, Canada, 1,622.

124, (TIE) Hyun Bum Kim, South Korea, and Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,621.

126, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,620.

127, Carlos Cottone, Venezuela, 1,615.

128, (TIE) Yong-Jin Gu, South Korea, and Ji-Hyun Cha, South Korea, 1,613.

130, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,611.

131, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,603.

132, (TIE) Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, and Jeff Toyne, Columbia, S.C., 1,602.

134, Rikke Holm Agerbo, Denmark, 1,600.

135, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,599.

136, Kyung-Shin Park, South Korea, 1,598.

137, Erik Andersin, Sweden, 1,597.

138, Will Wells, New Zealand, 1,596.

139, (TIE) Ricky Schissler, Henderson, Colo., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.V., 1,594.

141, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,592.

142, Adrian Anderson, Roseburg, Ore., 1,589.

143, Carl Labayan, Long Beach, Calif., 1,588.

144, Mahd Assad, Bahrain, 1,587.

145, (TIE) Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, and Jim Horan, Oakley, Calif., 1,586.

147, Krzysztof Olesinski, Poland, 1,582.

148, Bubba Harrison, Citrus Heights, Calif., 1,580.

149, Kurt Bogner, Longview, Wash., 1,579.

150, (TIE) Alan Mojado, Pala, Calif., and Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,577.

152, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,575.

153, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,566.

154, Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 1,563.

155, Santiago Garcia, Colombia, 1,558.

156, Mohammed Al Swawoosh, Bahrain, 1,557.

157, Robert McBride, Plano, Texas, 1,555.

158, (TIE) Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., Masoud Saberi, Bahrain, and Adam Miller, Charlotte, N.C., 1,552.

161, Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 1,550.

162, Jaime Monroy, Colombia, 1,548.

163, Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 1,544.

164, Billy Rohde, Marietta, Ga., 1,541.

165, (TIE) Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and William Guszczo, Orland Park, Il., 1,532.

167, Jimmy Smith, Puyallup, Wash., 1,525.

168, (TIE) Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, and Michael Ciardulli Jr., Valley Stream, N.Y., 1,522.

170, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,521.

171, Mark Fennell, Seattle, 1,520.

172, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,517.

173, Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 1,515.

174, Darrell Gilbert Jr., Valparaiso, Ind., 1,506.

175, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,502.

176, Eric Malone, Brewster, N.Y., 1,501.

177, Toni Palermaa, Finland, 1,485.

178, (TIE) Sean Mamlok, San Jose, Calif., and Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., 1,479.

180, Adam Monks, San Diego, 1,476.

181, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,475.

182, Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., 1,470.

183, David Peterson, Plano, Texas, 1,462.

184, (TIE) Frank Boyer, Lebanon, Pa. and Jorge Tello, Colombia, 1,446.

186, Miroslaw Pajak, Poland, 1,444.

187, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 1,442.

188, Travis Thomas, Lumberton, N.C., 1,434.

189, Rachel Vaughn, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,430.

190, Chuck Galaviz, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1,422.

191, Kevin Prior, Allen, Texas, 1,416.

192, Brett Cooper, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,413.

193, Chris Helton, Fountain, Colo., 1,405.

194, Rickey Smith, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 1,394.

195, Don Mathey, Turlock, Calif., 1,391.

196, Sam Grihm, Portland, Ore., 1,388.

197, David Meadows, Houston, 1,379.

198, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,365.

199, J.T. Jackson, Tarzana, Calif., 1,352.

200, Dwight Tincher, Perris, Calif., 1,344.

201, Courtney Miller, Charleston, S.C., 1,340.

202, Tyler Johnson, Surprise, Ariz., 1,329.

203, Mathew Tabor, Cooperstown, N.Y., 1,326.

204, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 1,274.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING LEADERS

(After 16 of 32 games)

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,931.
2, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,751.
3, Dom Barrett, England, 3,720.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 3,713.
5, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,708.
6, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 3,703.
7, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,675.
8, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3,662.
9, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,659.
10, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,658.
11, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,644.
12, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,643.
13, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3,628.
14, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 3,625.
15, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 3,623.
16, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3,613.

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