Two-Handed Power Players Palermaa, Belmonte Top Stepladder Field for PBA Scorpion Championship

by Bill Vint November 6, 2012 18:21

LAS VEGAS – Two-handed power players Osku Palermaa of Finland and Jason Belmonte of Australia claimed the top two qualifying berths in GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship at South Point Bowling Center Tuesday night.

Palermaa, the defending PBA World Champion, fired games of 244, 259, 236, 222, 204 and 226 in the six-game semifinal round to finish with a 14-game total of 3,295 pins, nipping Belmonte by two pins for the top spot. Belmonte, who led the Chameleon Championship field on Monday, was trying for back-to-back No. 1 stepladder berths.

Rounding out the Scorpion stepladder finals field will be Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga., with a 3,262 total, and Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., who generates power by throwing the ball without using his thumb, with 3,261 pins.

Sterner and Daugherty are trying for their first PBA Tour title. Daugherty will be making his first television appearance since rolling a PBA-record low 100 game during the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions finals.

The Scorpion ESPN stepladder finals will take place on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in a special arena setting in South Point’s Exhibition Hall area. The finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 6.

“When I got here a week ago, I kind of tore my right bicep a little during practice,” Palermaa said. “By Thursday, I didn’t know if I could make a spare at all (he shoots at spares one-handed, using his right arm), but it’s better. It’s stiff and sore, but I can bowl.

“I started the World Series with the wrong ball, and dug myself a hole,” he added. “I got that fixed, and yesterday I wasn’t even mad when I missed the (Chameleon Championship) cut by five pins. If I had to bowl another eight games in the semifinals yesterday, I don’t know if I could have bowled today at all.

“Today I decided to bowl hard and straight to spare my arm. Now I only have one more game to bowl on Sunday for the Scorpion title, but tomorrow (the start of PBA World Championship match play) means more. I have 24 more games, so I will just have to make the best of it.”

The Scorpion Championship qualifying round earlier Tuesday was the final qualifying leg for the PBA World Championship. Combined eight-game qualifying round scores from the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships determined the 24 players who will advance to three eight-game World Championship match play rounds Wednesday and Thursday.

Based on 32 qualifying games, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., won World Championship top qualifier honors, averaging 239.44 for a 7,662 pinfall total. Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., was second with 7,598 followed by Belmonte at 7,544; Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, at 7,522 and Dan MacLelland of Canada at 7,504.

Complete GEICO WSOB IV coverage is available on the “live scoring” feature on pba.com, or by watching the action live on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling competition continues Wednesday with the first two of three eight-game match play rounds in the PBA World Championship at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The final round of match play is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m.

PBA BOWLERS JOURNAL SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Tuesday

SEMIFINAL ROUND (after 14 games; top four advance to stepladder finals Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. PT)
1, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,295.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,293.
3, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3,262.
4, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,261.

Other Semifinal Round Cashers (after 14 games):
5, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 3,257, $4,000.
6, Dom Barrett, England, 3,254, $3,600.
7, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 3,246, $3,300.
8, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 3,201, $3,000.
9, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,189, $2,700.
10, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 3,179, $2,500.
11, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,177, $2,300.
12, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,176, $2,100.
13, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,135, $2,000.
14, Matt Ramshaw, Longview, Wash., 3,106, $1,900.
15, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 3,078, $1,800.
16, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,050, $1,700.

Other Qualifying Round Cashers (after 8 games):
17, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,842, $1,000.
18, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,836, $970.
19, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,830, $940.
20, Mikael Kanold, Sweden, 1,828, $920.
21, Paul Koehler, Stuart, Fla., 1,824, $900.
22, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,823, $890.
23, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,816, $880.
24, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,815, $870.
25, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,814, $860.
26, Stuart Williams, England, 1,808, $850.
27 (tie), Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., and Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,803, $835.
29, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill.; Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,798, $810.
32, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 1,797, $790.
33, D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas, 1,796, $780.
34, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,795, $770.
35, Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, N.C., 1,791, $760.
36, Magnus Johnson Jr., Sweden, 1,787, $750.

Failed to Cash:
37, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,786.
38 (tie), David Haynes, Las Vegas, and Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,784.
40, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,782.
41, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,780.
42 (tie), Frederik Ohrgaard, Denmark, and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,779.
44, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,778.
45, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,777.
46, Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,772.
47, Dustin Ochoa, Cibilo, Texas, 1,763.
48, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,762.
49, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,761.
50, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 1,749.
51, Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 1,748.
52 (tie), Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore., and Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,747.
54, Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1,746.
55 (tie), Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., and Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,745.
57, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,740.
58 (tie), Shawn Lee, Centennial, Colo., and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,738.
60, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,736.
61, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,734.
62 (tie), Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif.; Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,733.
65 (tie), Jason Stadtler, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,732.
67 (tie), Daniel Falconi, Mexico, and Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,731.
69, Evan Nash, Kennewick, Wash., 1,727.
70, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,726.
71, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,723.
72, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,720.
73 (tie), Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y.; Mike Fagan, Dallas, and Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 1,719.
76, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,716.
77, Carlos Cottone, Venezuela, 1,712.
78, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,710.
79, Mik Stampe, Denmark, 1,709.
80, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,708.
81 (tie), Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., and Nam Yi Jo, Korea, 1,707.
83, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,704.
84 (tie), Justin Bychkowski, Fairfield, Conn.; Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland, and Jin Han Kim, Korea, 1,702.
87 (tie), Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, and Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,699.
89 (tie), Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, and Ji Hyun Cha, Korea, 1,697.
91, Peter Hellstrom, Sweden, 1,694.
92 (tie), Bryan Viator, Friendswood, Texas, and Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 1,688.
94, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,685.
95, Hyun Bum Kim, Korea, 1,684.
96 (tie), Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., and Matt Taylor, Knightdale, N.C., 1,678.
98, Justin Stevens, Aiea, Hawaii, 1,677.
99 (tie), Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,674.
99, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,674.
102 (tie), Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan.; Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla.; Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,670.
106, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,668.
107 (tie), Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., and Johan Hellden, Sweden, 1,667.
109, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,666.
110 (tie), Perttu Jussila, Finland, and Kelvin Wiggins, Rocky Mt., N.C., 1,665.
112, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,661.
113, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,659.
114, Kyle Martinez, Broken Arrow, Okla., 1,657.
115, Robert Piroozshad, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,656.
116 (tie), John Cicero, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,654.
118, Erik Andersin, Sweden, 1,653.
119, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,649.
120, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,648.
121, Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,647.
122 (tie), Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,644.
124 (tie), Allen Blansette, Napa, Calif., and Mike Bailey, Allen, Texas, 1,642.
126, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,639.
127, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,637.
128, Kasey Normandin, Canada, 1,636.
129, Yeo Jin Yoon, Korea, 1,635.
130, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,634.
131 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,632.
133, Greg Knolton, Bartlett, Tenn., 1,631.
134, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 1,630.
135 (tie), Ben Davis, Ashland, Ky., and Aaron Ramsden, Pleasant Valley, Mo., 1,628.
137, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,627.
138, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,626.
139, Robert McBride, Plano, Texas, 1,625.
140, Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica, 1,623.
141, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,622.
142, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,621.
143, Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 1,620.
144, Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,618.
145, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,612.
146, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,609.
147, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,608.
148, Chad Pojas, Wahiawa, Hawaii, 1,607.
149, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,605.
150, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,604.
151, Giorgio Clinaz Jr., Venezuela, 1,603.
152, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.V., 1,597.
153, Fawaz Abdulla, Bahrain, 1,596.
154, Kim Ojala, Sweden, 1,595.
155, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, 1,593.
156, Mathias Arup, Sweden, 1,591.
157 (tie), Travis Anderson, Washington, Ill.; Paul Nilsen Sr., Murrieta, Calif., and Manuel Mrosek, Germany, 1,589.
160, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,587.
161, Scott Halvarson, Lakewood, Wash., 1,585.
162 (tie), John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., and Philip Medley, Washington, Mich., 1,584.
164, Ted Sidehamer Jr., Newport News, Va., 1,583.
165 (tie), MahdI Assad, Bahrain, and Kevin Brophy, Oakhurst, N.J., 1,581.
167, Masood Saberi, Bahrain, 1,579.
168 (tie), Nathan Urrutia, Banning, Calif., and Erik Gulbrandson, Superior, Wis., 1,577.
170, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,576.
171, Mohammed AlSaud, Saudi Arabia, 1,569.
172, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 1,564.
173 (tie), Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., and Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., 1,562.
175, Brett Cooper, Newburyport, Mass., 1,560.
176, Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., 1,559.
177 (tie), Jacob Heger, Houston, and David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,558.
179, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,553.
180, Mike Armstrong Jr., Battle Ground, Wash., 1,550.
181 (tie), Isaac Amkie, Mexico, and Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 1,548.
183, Kevin Henderson, Albany, Ore, 1,545.
184, Gustavo Salinas, Mexico, 1,544.
185, Chris Groom, Lancaster, Calif., 1,541.
186 (tie), Kyle Leiffer, Weed, Calif., and Michael Menard, Canada, 1,537.
188 (tie), Doug Scheidig, Royersford, Pa.; Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,536.
191, Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., 1,534.
192, Wes Newman, Panama City, Fla, 1,525.
193, Ahmed Saad Alhadyan, Saudi Arabia, 1,518.
194, Mohamed Sultan, Bahrain, 1,513.
195, Roberto Silva, Mexico, 1,511.
196, Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,509.
197, Hernan Ramirez, Venezuela, 1,507.
198, Patrick Bohm, Sweden, 1,505.
199, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,504.
200, William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 1,502.
201, Kevin Morillo, Venezuela, 1,501.
202, Eduardo Yzcaray Jr., Venezuela, 1,498.
203, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,496.
204, Rob Gotterbarn Jr., Garden City South, N.Y., 1,495.
205, Dale Renken, St. Jacob, Ill., 1,494.
206, Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 1,491.
207, Chad Vendeville, Arlington, Texas, 1,490.
208, Mohamed Al Jahrami, Bahrain, 1,489.
209, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 1,488.
210, Meen Woo Kim, Korea, 1,487.
211, J.T. Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,485.
212, Hyun Suk Kim, Korea, 1,479.
213, Thomas Biniek Jr., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 1,476.
214, John Perry, Nuevo, Calif., 1,466.
215, Sean Daniels, Aloha, Ore., 1,465.
216, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,463.
217, Wayne Stellick, Aurora, Colo., 1,459.
218, Richard Rezendes, Cumberland, R.I., 1,458.
219 (tie), Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and James Hobson, Converse, Texas, 1,456.
221, Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, 1,448.
222, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,419.
223, Josh Lewis, Asheville, N.C., 1,415.
224, Chris Ashworth, Gallatin, Tenn., 1,409.
225, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,405.
226, Troy Behanna, Pasadena, Texas, 1,404.
227, Branden Lee, Chicago, 1,397.
228, Chris DosSantos, Fairhaven, Mass., 1,391.
229, Tim Arnold, Las Vegas, 1,384.
230, Dave Gillson, Phoenix, 1,378.
231, Paolo Joquico, Philippines, 1,373.
232, Kirk Sauro, Dearborn Heights, Mich., 1,367.
233, Shawn St. Andre, Garden Grove, Calif., 1,361.
234, Josh Willis, Orleans, Ind., 1,360.
235, Jamar Lee, Livermore, Calif., 1,247.
236, Gradie Merritt-Foster, Park Forest, Ill., 1,242.
237, Hakim AlSaud, Saudi Arabia, 1,070.
238, Diego Lopez, Colombia, 472.

300 Games: PJ Haggerty, Jon VanHees.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

FINAL QUALIFYING STANDINGS (after 32 games; top 24 advance to PBA World Championship round robin match play)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 7,662.
2, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 7,598.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 7,544.
4, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 7,522.
5, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 7,504.
6, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 7,471.
7, Dom Barrett, England, 7,465.
8, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 7,449.
9, Stuart Williams, England, 7,404.
10, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 7,392.
11, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 7,378.
12, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 7,361.
13, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 7,331.
14, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 7,327.
15, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 7,315.
16, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 7,305.
17, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 7,286.
18, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 7,272.
19, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 7,254.
20, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 7,253.
21, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 7,238.
22, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 7,236.
23, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 7,232.
24, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 7,225.

Other Cashers (after 32 games):
25, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 7,222, $2,400.
26, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 7,210, $2,350.
27, D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas, 7,208, $2,300.
28, Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 7,204, $2,350.
29, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 7,188, $2,200.
30, Mik Stampe, Denmark, 7,184, $2,150.
31, Johan Hellden, Sweden, 7,166, $2,200.
32 (tie), Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 7,162, $2,025.
34, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 7,149, $1,950.
35 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and Patrick Girard, Canada, 7,138, $1,875.
37, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 7,130, $1,800.
38, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 7,126, $1,750.
39, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 7,124, $1,800.
40, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 7,122, $1,650.
41, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 7,114, $1,600.
42, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 7,107, $1,550.
43, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 7,104, $1,500.
44 (tie), Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C.; Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 7,099, $1,460.
47, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7,098, $1,420.
48, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 7,095, $1,400.
49, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7,092, $1,380.
50, Jesse Buss, Belevidere, Ill., 7,088, $1,460.
51 (tie), Paul Koehler, Stuart, Fla., and Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 7,078, $1,330.
53, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 7,076, $1,300.
54, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 7,070, $1,280.
55, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 7,068, $1,260.
56, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 7,061, $1,240.
57, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 7,047, $1,220.
58, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 7,046, $1,200.
59, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 7,043, $1,180.
60, Matt Ramshaw, Longview, Wash., 7,041, $1,160.

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