Palermaa downed Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, New York, for the World Bowling Tour (WBT) Thailand title, 227-213, and 243-224. The win is also his fourth career Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) title.
The eight-man stepladder final started with #6 seed Don Barrett, England ousting #7 seed Jason Sterner, Covington, Georgia, and #8 seed Dechochai Tinjiratip, Thailand, 257-235-218. Fourth seed Suh Sang Cheon, Korea, defeated fellow Korean, fifth-seeded Kim Byoung Suk, and Barrett, 234-217-204.
Palermaa then defeated Cheon, 224-206, then #2 seed Naif Oqab, United Arab Emirates, 234-191, setting up the final match. The Finnish PBA star needed to defeat Ciminelli in two straight games for the title, the final WBT tournament of the 2014 season.
This is also Palermaa’s second WBT/PBA International title, behind the 2012 Kuwait Open. His PBA National Tour titles are the 2010 PBA Geico Shark Championship and the 2011 PBA World Championship, the latter earning him his previous IBMA Kegel Bowler of the Month award.
Others receiving votes this month were Walter Ray Williams, Jr., winner of the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer, Craig Nidiffer, winner of the 11th New Mexico Open, and Jack Jurek, winner of the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8.
All Star Shannon Pluhowsky is July IBMA Bowler of the Month
Walter Ray Williams Jr. masters June IBMA Bowler of the Month
Bill O’Neill claims May IBMA Bowler of the Month
Norm Duke is royal as April IBMA Bowler of the Month
Liz Johnson, Jason Belmonte selected as 2013 IBMA Bowlers of the Year
Thomas Larsen claims March Bowler of the Month
Jason Belmonte repeats as February Bowler of the Month
Jason Belmonte named Kegel January Bowler of the Month by IBMA