Winners emerge at Bowling World Open

Winners emerge at Bowling World Open

USBC Communications
Published: July 12, 2015 |


The inaugural Bowling World Open came to an exciting conclusion Sunday in Tokyo as Finland’s Osku Palermaa and Singapore’s Joey Yeo won their respective divisions and 10 million Yen (approximately $81,800) top prizes.

The elimination finals took place on a special six-lane installation constructed inside the Makuhari-Messe Convention Center just outside of Tokyo.

Palermaa, a 31-year-old two-hander, defeated local favorite and Japan PBA member Isao Yamamoto, 248-224, to earn his fifth Professional Bowlers Association title.

On his way to the final, Palermaa outlasted Team USA member Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, in a high-scoring bout, 266-255, while Yamamoto eliminated men’s top seed Dom Barrett of England, 256-224.

Yeo, 17, needed a mark in her final frame to slip past No. 1 seed Birgit Poppler of Germany, and she was able to capture the women’s title by a final score of 207-204.

The road to the championship match was a little smoother, as Yeo downed Venezuela’s Karen Marcano, 234-181, to set up the meeting with Poppler, who defeated Team USA member Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, 258-227 in the semifinals.

Yamamoto and Poppler each received 5 million Yen (approximately $40,900) for their runner-up finishes, while O’Neill, Barrett, Kulick and Marcano all took home 1.5 million Yen (approximately $12,200).

The Bowling World Open was a special showcase event to help support the push for bowling to be included in the 2020 Olympics. A field of 567 bowlers from 52 countries competed in the tournament, which was conducted by World Bowling in cooperation with the Japan Bowling Congress and National Bowling Federation of Japan.

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