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Bowling News USA - February 19, 2013 Osku, Rhino Roar Out of The Gates at USBC Masters

Xtra Frame's Ashly Galante interviews Storm staffer Rhino Page, who averaged 244 in Round 1 of qualifying at the USBC Masters in New Jersey. Page used a Storm IQ™ Tour. Storm International staffer Osku Palermaa is tied for the lead, averaging 246 after five games. PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber is fourth.


NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A pair of Professional Bowlers Association young stars tied for the first-round lead Tuesday at the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Masters.

Two-hander Osku Palermaa of Finland and left-hander Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., each fired a five-game total of 1,246 (249.5 average) to take the lead after the opening round at Brunswick Zone Carolier.

Palermaa, 29, and Ciminelli, 26, lead a sold-out field of 468 of the best bowlers in the world competing for a piece of the $325,000 prize fund. The finals of the event will be broadcast live on ESPN on Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Fueled by a strong start with games of 278 and 248, Palermaa closed with 227, 267 and 226 to finish at the top of the leader board.

“I made the right moves, I bowled well but I was also pretty lucky,” said Palermaa, a three-time PBA Tour winner. “With this format, it is good to get ahead early because you don’t have to chase the cut number. From here, it’s just about filling frames.”

Ciminelli surged in the final game, shooting 279 to take a piece of the lead. He started the day with 234, 279, 245 and 209.

Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., sits in third with 1,244, while Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., got off to a strong start with 1,233 to place fourth. Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., rounds out the top five with 1,218.

All competitors will bowl 15 games of qualifying over three days before the field is cut to the top 63 plus defending champion Mike Fagan of Dallas for the double-elimination match-play bracket starting Friday.

The top five players at the conclusion of the bracket competition will compete in the live two-hour championship round on ESPN.

The Masters, which features a first-place prize of $50,000, is a major event on the PBA Tour and is part of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour for the third consecutive season.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the Masters are being covered live on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit

For more information on the Masters, including live scoring, visit

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At Brunswick Zone Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J.
Tuesday’s Results

(Five games)

1, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,246.
1, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,246.
3, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,244.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,233.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,218.
6, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,210.
7, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,203.
7, Allen Rice II, Salem, Ala., 1,203.
7, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,203.
10, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,190.
10, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,190.
12, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,185.
13, Mike Moore, Orlando, Fla., 1,184.
14, Timothy Foy Jr., Salisbury, Md., 1,167.
15, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,160.
15, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 1,160.
17, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,157.
18, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 1,153.
19, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,151.
20, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 1,150.
21, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,147.
22, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,145.
22, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,145.
24, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 1,144.
25, Thomas Coco, Cortland Manor, N.Y., 1,141.
25, Anthony Pepe, Jackson Heights, N.Y., 1,141.
27, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,136.
28, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,131.
29, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,130.
29, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,130.
31, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,127.
32, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,125.
32, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,125.
34, Brian Ziesig, Levittown, N.Y., 1,123.
34, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,123.
36, Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa., 1,122.
37, Tetsuya Kobayashi, Japan, 1,121.
38, Charles Anderson, Sloatsburg, N.Y., 1,120.
39, Rusty Thomsen, Morgan, N.J., 1,119.
40, Walter McKnight, Brick, N.J., 1,117.
40, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,117.
42, Frankie Calca, Elmont, N.Y., 1,113.
43, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,111.
44, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,110.
44, Tommy Dakouvanos, Belford, N.J., 1,110.
46, Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., 1,109.
47, Gerald Marrs, Huntley, Ill., 1,108.
48, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,106.
48, Kevin Kullman, Tinley Park, Ill., 1,106.
50, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,105.
51, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,102.
52, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,100.
52, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,100.
52, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,100.
52, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,100.
56, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,099.
56, Joe Costanzo, Bethpage, N.Y., 1,099.
56, Vinny D'Ambrosio III, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,099.
59, Quentin Collins, Jamaica, N.Y., 1,096.
60, Rodney Alston, Philadelphia, 1,095.
60, Jeff Kubasak, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,095.
62, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,094.
63, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,093.
64, Brad Muri, Billings, Mont., 1,092.
65, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,091.

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