In the past month, amateur bowlers Sharon Blount of Valley Village and Gayle Aron of Agoura Hills made local headlines by nailing the virtually impossible-to-convert 7-10 split.
Now, the pros are doing it.
Three-time Professional Bowlers Assn. Tour champion Finland’s Osku Palermaa converted the 7-10 a few days ago en route to qualifying for today’s stepladder finals of the PBA Tournament of Champions (11:30 a.m., ESPN) in Indianapolis.
Said Palermaa to PBA reporter Bill Vint: “I left a 7-10 split in my first frame and converted it, and that’s the way my day started. It was a good omen.
“To be honest, I’ve probably converted the 7-10 more times than I have bowled 300 games – and I have a few of those – but it was a good day.”
Palermaa, the winner of the 2011 PBA World Championship, qualified fifth for today’s finals.
PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., earned the top qualifying spot after defeating Jason Belmonte of Australia, 226-183, in their final match Friday night. Belmonte, the franchise player of the Los Angeles X professional team, won his first major title at the United States Bowling Congress Masters in February. Belmonte took the second qualifying berth.
Others to qualify for today’s finals: Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.