Storm Laurels to Palermaa

by Bob Johnson 0

“I think that the stepladder final came to a very satisfactory conclusion.” Wise words from one-year-old Ida Palermaa after

Barrett, Palermaa and Ruiz

watching her father Osku Palermaa beat England’s Dominic Barrett, 227-207, in the final stage of the stepladder final of the 34th Ciutat de Barcelona at the popular Bowling Pedralbes.

Both players were merrily striking through the one-game affair with just a couple of points separating them, first advantage Barrett, then Palermaa as the Englishman’s strikefest came to a shuddering halt as he left the 3-4-6-7-10 and took just four from that ugly group.

Now Finland’s ace took over and a double, a couple of nine-spares and a strike settled the issue. Palermaa at the top of the podium and another €12,000 in the kitty to aid Ida’s future.

Barrett had a five-split in the sixth frame of the first game, taking on Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz, but followed that with a six-bagger to clinch the first match, 235-202. It was two splits that determined Ruiz’s fate so there were four overall in the two matches.

It was a unique occasion as all three finalists are Storm products staff members and all used the same brand of bowling balls. You can’t get much more even that that.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.