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Bowling News USA - January 6, 2013 Daugherty Travels The 'Roads' To First PBA Title...

(Storm PBA Tour Rep. Del Ballard Jr., with Tom Daugherty)
After bowling a Professional Bowlers Association record-low 100 game in his only previous television appearance, Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., redeemed himself in the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship, winning three consecutive matches including a 200-182 victory over top qualifier Osku Palermaa of Finland, to capture his first PBA Tour title at South Point Hotel and Casino.
Daugherty used a Storm Crossroad™, Victory Road™Hy-Road™, IQ™ Tour, and Marvel™ Pearl on the telecast.

The Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship finals, the fourth of five GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV events, aired Sunday on ESPN.
Daugherty, who bowled his record-low game in a 299-100 loss to eventual champion Mika Koivuniemi in the semifinal round of the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions, used his “thumbless” delivery to mow down an impressive field of high-rev power players in the Scorpion finals, raising his television average by 88 pins in the process.
After sneaking into the stepladder finals in fourth position by four pins over Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., Daugherty ruined Jason Sterner’s television debut, eliminating the McDonough, Ga., resident, 199-177. He then romped past Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte, 256-187, and threw a critical double in the fifth and sixth frames of the title match to defeat Palermaa, getting help from the Finnish two-handed star when he had consecutive opens in the sixth and seventh frames.
Palermaa used a Storm Lucid™ on the show. Belmonte used a Marvel™ Pearl.
Ironically, Daugherty put together the best performance of his professional career while glancing at a very large “100” in a graphic above the lanes promoting “Bowlers Journal 100th Anniversary.”
“I want to thank Bowlers Journal for reminding me all day of my 100 game,” Daugherty said with a grin at the conclusion of the match.
While all four finalists use power techniques that allow them to generate significant hooking power, the key was slower ball speed, a result of Daugherty not using his thumb in his delivery.
“The difference between me and the two-handers is my ball speed,” Daugherty said. “They throw it 100 miles per hour, so I can actually do something they can’t and that’s a slow hook. I knew if I could get by Sterner, I’d have a good chance. I knew (Belmonte and Palermaa) weren’t going to bowl anything. They might say they threw some bad shots, but I didn’t think either one of them could shoot 200 because of their ball reactions.
“They couldn’t get inside as far as I was because of their ball speed. Their ball would never hook from there,” Daugherty added. “As soon as Belmo tried to move in just a little, he missed the headpin. It was easy for me to do, too, but on my good shots, I could get the ball to make the turn. They couldn’t do that.”
Daugherty admitted he was nervous in making his second career television appearance.
“There was a lot of nerves going on the first game. The three-bagger kinda calmed me down, but leaving that 3-6-9-10 in the first frame was unnerving. I didn’t want to start with an open,” he said after successfully converting the difficult spare. “That’s all I thought about after making the show: not starting with an open and that’s not the spare you want to shoot at in the first frame.”
Daugherty said he was thrilled to win his first PBA Tour title because it made him eligible to bowl in the 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions under revised eligibility rules that will only allow PBA Tour champions to enter. He had bowled in the TOC previously under rules that allowed PBA Regional title winners to participate.
“I was so disappointed when they changed the TOC criteria,” Daugherty said. “I made a lot of money in that tournament the past two years, but now I’m back.”
The GEICO World Series of Bowling concludes on ESPN next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the PBA World Championship, the first major championship of the 2012-13 PBA Tour season. Finalists will include PBA Hall of Famer and 31-time PBA Tour titlist Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J.; Canada’s Dan MacLelland; Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla.; reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and top qualifier Jason Belmonte of Australia, a five-time PBA Tour champion who is trying for his first major title.
Pre- and post-telecast shows for all PBA-ESPN telecasts will be available on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel.
South Point Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas
Final Standings: 1, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., $20,000. 2, Osku Palermaa, Finland, $10,000. 3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $7,000. 4, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., $5,000.
Stepladder Results: Match One – Daugherty def. Sterner, 199-177. Semifinal Match – Daugherty def. Belmonte, 256-187. Championship – Daugherty def. Palermaa, 200-182.

2012-13 PBA BJ Scorpion Championship - Tom Daugherty (Crossroad/Victory Road/Hy-Road/Marvel Pearl, IQ Tour)

2012-13 PBA Viper Championship - Brad Angelo (Hy-Road)



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2nd Win - Pete Weber - 1997 Tucson Open (Lightning Storm)

3rd Win - Pete Weber - 1997 Comfort Inn Classic (Blue Thunder Pro)

4th Win - First Major - Pete Weber - 1998 National Championship (Bolt)

5th Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 1998 Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (Bolt)

1st Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 1998 Storm Flagship Open 

6th Win - Brian Himmler - 1999 Albuquerque Open (Sky Bolt)

7th Win - Eric Forkel - 1999 Brunswick Long Island N.Y City PBA Experience (Meteor Flash)

8th Win - Pete Weber - 2000 Empire State Open (El Nino 2000)

9th Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 2000 Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (ThunderFlash Pro)

10th Win - Second Major - Robert Smith - 2000 U.S Open (Fire Power)

11th Win - Robert Smith - 2000 Flagship Open (Super Power)

12th Win - Ryan Shafer - 2001 Orleans Casino Open Championship (X-IT)

13th Win - Pete Weber - 2001 Great Lakes Classic (X-IT/Eraser)

14th Win - Pete Weber - 2001 Greater Louisville Open (Trauma Recovery)

15th Win - Pete Weber - 2002 Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open (Trauma ER)

16th Win - Robert Smith - 2002 PBA Empire State Open (Erase It/Super Power)

17th  Win - Hugh Miller - 2002 PBA Dream Bowl 2002 (Erase It)

18th Win - Robert Smith - 2002 Japan Cup (Shock Trauma)

19th Win - Danny Wiseman - 2002 Miller High Life Open (Eraser/Eraser Blaze)

20th Win - Randy Pedersen - 2002 Pepsi Open (X Factor)

2nd Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2003 Storm Las Vegas Classic

21st Win - Mike DeVaney - 2003 PBA GEICO Earl Anthony Classic (X Factor)

22nd Win - Pete Weber - 2003 PBA Tar Heel Open (X Factor Deuce)

23rd Win - Robert Smith - 2003 PBA Banquet Open (Eraser Boost)

24th Win - Brian Himmler - 2003 PBA Miller High Life Open (Hotwire)

25th Win - Ryan Shafer - 2003 PBA Empire State Open (X Factor Deuce)

26th Win - Patrick Healey Jr. - 2003 PBA GEICO Open (X Factor)

27th Win -Third Major - Patrick Healey Jr. - 2003 PBA Dexter Tournament of Champions (Flash Point/Hot Rod)

3rd Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2004 PBA Earl Anthony Classic presented by Storm Products

28th Win - Pete Weber - 2004 PBA Medford Open (Super Charge/X Factor Re Loaded)

29th Win - Fourth Major - Pete Weber - 2004 U.S Open (X Factor)

30th Win - Robert Smith - 2004 PBA Odor Eaters Open (Eraser Boost)

31st Win - Brian Himmler - 2004 PBA Chicago Open ( X Factor Ace)

4th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2004 PBA Orange County Classic presented by Storm Products

32nd Win - Pete Weber - 2005 Bowlers Classic (Fired Up)

33rd Win - Pete Weber - 2006 PBA Etonic Championship (Special Agent)

34th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 PBA Lake County Indiana Classic ( X Factor Ace)

35th Win - Brian Himmler - 2006 PBA Earl Anthony Medford Classic (Paradigm)

36th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 PBA Ace Hardware Championship (X Factor Ace)

37th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 Columbia 300 Classic (Spit Fire)

38th Win - Fifth Major - Pete Weber - 2007 U.S Open (Shift)

39th Win - Norm Duke - 2007 PBA Pepsi Championship (Spit Fire/Fired Up)

40th Win - Sixth Major - Norm Duke - 2008 PBA Denny's World Championship (Hy-Road)

41st Win - Seventh Major - Norm Duke - 2008 U.S Open (Shift)

42nd Win - Mike Machuga - 2008 PBA Chameleon Championship (Hy-Road)

43rd Win - Mike Wolfe - 2008 PBA Ultimate Scoring Championship (Dimension/T-Road Pearl)

44th Win - Rhino Page - 2008 Shark Championship (Hy-Road)

45th Win - Eighth Major Norm Duke - 2008 PBA World Championship (Hy-Road)

46th Win - Patrick Allen - 2009 National Bowling Stadium Championship (T-Road Solid/Rapid Fire)

47th Win - Ninth Major - Patrick Allen - 2009 PBA H & R Block Tournament of Champions (T-Road Pearl/Rapid Fire)

48th Win - Norm Duke/Liz Johnson 2009 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship (Hy-Road)

49th Win - Norm Duke - 2009 PBA Dick Weber Open (Hy-Road)

50th Win - Jeff Carter - 2009 GEICO Plastic Ball Championship (Plastic)

51st Win - Jason Belmonte - 2009 PBA Long Island Classic - (Hy-Road/Team Storm Plastic)

52nd Win - Tenth Major - Mike Scroggins- 2009 U.S Open (Hy-Road/T-Road Pearl)

53rd Win - Patrick Allen - 2009 Dydo Japan Cup (Hy-Road)

54th Win - Norm Duke - 2009 PBA Cheetah Championship (Second Dimension)

55th Win - Rhino Page - 2009 PBA Viper Open (Natural)

56th Win - Mike DeVaney 2009 PBA Scorpion Championship (Natural/Street Rod)

57th Win - Jack Jurek - 2009 PBA Shark Championship (Virtual Energy)

58th Win - Brian Voss/Diandra Asbaty - 2010 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship (Hy-Road)

59th Win - Pete Weber - 2010 PBA Lumber Liquidators Marathon Challenge (Hy-Road)

60th Win - Yong Jin Gu - 2010 PBA Scorpion Championship (Anarchy)

61st Win - Osku Palermaa - 2010 PBA GEICO Shark Championship (Hy-Road)

5th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2010 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational sponsored by Storm Products

62nd Win - 11th Major - Tom Hess - 2011 USBC Masters (Virtual Gravity Nano)

63rd Win - 12th Major - Norm Duke - 2011 U.S Open (Prodigy)

64th Win - Stuart Williams - 2012 Bayer Viper Open (Victory Road Solid/Tropical Heat)

65th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 WSOB Chameleon Open (Marvel Pearl)

66th Win - Dominic Barrett - 2012 WSOB Scorpion Open (Marvel Pearl)

67th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 WSOB Shark Open (Marvel Pearl)

68th Win - 13th Major - Osku Palermaa - 2012 PBA World Championship (Hy-Road)

69th Win - Andres Gomez - 2012 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic (Marvel Pearl)

70th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 PBA Elite Players Championship (Marvel Pearl)

6th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2012 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational sponsored by Storm Products

71st Win - Scott Newell - 2012 PBA Ricart Ford Open (Victory Road Solid)

72nd Win - Osku Palermaa - 2012 PBA Kuwait International Open (Natural)

73rd Win - 14th Major - Pete Weber - 2012 U.S Open (Marvel Pearl/Frantic)

74th Win - Norm Duke/Wes Malott - 2012 PBA Roth/Holman Doubles (Anarchy/Frantic)

75th Win - Norm Duke - 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs (Frantic)

76th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 PBA Australian Masters (Lucid)

77th Win - Norm Duke - 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs (Frantic)

78th Win - Brad Angelo - 2012-13 PBA Viper Championship (Hy-Road)

79th Win - Tom Daugherty - 2012-13 BJ Scorpion Championship (Victory Road/Crossroad/Hy-Road/Marvel Pearl, IQ Tour)


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