PBA Spare Shots: Osku Palermaa, Kelly Kulick to Enter World Bowling Writers International Hall of Fame

by Bill Vint September 19, 2013 05:02

PBA Tour champions Osku Palermaa of Finland and Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., will be inducted into the World Bowling Writers International Bowling Hall of Fame during the PBA World Series of Bowling at South Point Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center in early November.

Palermaa, who grew up in the Helsinki suburb of Espoo, won his first international medal – a bronze – in the 2005 World Championships team event, but over the next eight years garnered nine first-place finishes in international competition (eight in singles and a gold medal with Team Finland in the 2013 WTBA World Championships team event in Henderson, Nev.) He led the European Bowling Tour points rankings three consecutive years, and amassed a record total of 66 WBW Hall of Fame points to become the first two-handed bowler to earn induction.

Kulick’s international medal career spans 14 years, beginning with gold in singles and bronze in both team and trios in the 1999 WTBA World Championships in the UAE. As a professional, she was then denied a place on Team USA until WTBA changed its rules. When she resumed her Team USA competition, she won gold in the 2011 WTBA Women's World Championships team event, topped the inaugural WTBA 2012 World Singles Championship in Cyprus, earned gold (mixed doubles) and silver (singles) in the 2013 World Games in Colombia and added two silver medals in team and trios in the 2013 WTBA World Championships for 44 WBW points.

The World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame, which is based upon points earned in international competition, is now supervised by the International Bowling Media Association.


Several PBA Tour stars will return to action in a pair of World Bowling Tour events that could have PBA Player of the Year ramifications. The Columbia 300 Vienna Open is scheduled for Oct. 1-6 at Plus Bowling Center in Vienna, Austria, and the WBT Thailand follows at Bul-O Paragon in Bangkok Oct. 14-21. The tournaments also will be the final qualifying events for the WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA which will be held during PBA World Series of Bowling V.

The Vienna Open will include live online coverage (non-video)  on Bowlingdigital.com.

The World Series, which will include five PBA Tour title events, is set for Oct. 25-Nov. 3, at South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The final event on the 2012-13 PBA schedule will be the Round1 Japan Cup in Tokyo Nov. 28-30.


For the fifth consecutive year since befriending a young Crohns victim, 2007-08 PBA Rookie of the Year Rhino Page will return to Levittown, N.Y., Sept. 27-29 to join young Tyler Cacioppo’s family in raising money aimed at finding a cure the debilitating disease.

The fifth annual Rhino Page & Friends Lace Up to Strike Out Crohns & Colitis fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, as part of the Strike Out Crohns & Colitis Eastern Open regional tournament. Since the event’s inception, it has raised more than $100,000 to help in research to find a cure for the disabling inflammatory bowel diseases.

For additional information on how you can support the special event, visit www.strikeoutcrohns.com, send an e-mail note to: strikeoutcrohns2009@verizon.net, look for Rhino Page & Friends Lace Up to Strike Out Crohns & Colitis on Facebook, or visit the PBA East Region section on pba.com.


In addition to returning to the PBA World Series of Bowling V in October to offer coaching assistance and advisory help to PBA players, BowlU founder Rick Benoit is hosting a BowlU Coaching Certification Camp between Oct. 25-29 at South Point Bowling Center.

This camp is designed to provide BowlU coaching certification which enables coaches to bring the skill and technique they learned back to their community and run local BowlU Skill Development camps. The Las Vegas camp will include five days of instruction from Benoit, participation in coaching during PBA’s World Series of Bowling and behind-the-scenes access to the PBA trucks, locker room and product registered company ball reps.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Benoit directly at rickbenoit@bowlu.com or 785-215-2571.


● The PBA East Regional Players Invitational, the fifth in a series of six regional championship tournaments, is set for Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y., this weekend. The RPI will be webcast live, from start to finish, Saturday and Sunday on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo for more information. At stake is a $6,000 first prize, a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling V and a berth in the inaugural PBA RPI Finals which will be televised on ESPN.

Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., threw a strike in a one-ball, sudden-death roll-off to defeat Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., 10-7, Sunday to win the PBA Sands Regency Casino Open at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., for his 16th regional title and a $2,000 prize.

Haugen won his roll-off when Smith left three pins standing on his sudden-death attempt. The roll-off was required after both posted identical 8-4 match play records and 5,086 pinfall totals for 20 games of qualifying and match play.

In the companion PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Non-Champions event held on Friday, Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash., defeated Kristopher George of Las Vegas, 225-214, to win his first PBA Regional title and a $1,200 prize.

● In addition to the East RPI presented by Maple City Dodge, the Sept. 20-22 schedule includes the Ten Down Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Motiv in Roseburg, Ore.; the Odessa (Texas) Southwest Open at Astro Bowl, and the PBA50 Sport Lanes South Open in Martinsville, Va.

Closing out the month over the Sept. 27-29 weekend will be the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio; the Albuquerque Hammer Southwest Open at Silva Lanes in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Tyler Cacioppo Crohns and Colitis Eastern Open at South Levittown Lanes in Levittown, N.Y.

For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.


● Two more countries heard from for the PBA World Series of Bowling: The entry of Shaik Abdul Hameed from Delhi makes India the 22nd country to be represented in WSOB-V, and the first from his country to bowl in a PBA Tour event in the United States. Costa Rica will return for the second year, increasing representation to a record 23 countries (the previous record was 17 in 2012).

● PBA Commissioner Tom Clark is this week’s guest on “Phantom Radio.” To access the online radio program, visit: http://www.kegel.net/phantom/2013/09-18-13-tom-clark.mp3

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