Tom Daugherty opens bid to return to PBA Tournament of Champions finals


    2011-12 PBA Tour #15

    PBA South Region competitor advances from Champions Round to Elite Field

    201011PBA07TomDaugherty.jpgTom Daugherty (pictured left) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., who set one of the most infamous records in Professional Bowlers Association history during the nationally-televised finals of the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions, led the advance from the Champions Field to the Elite Field of the Tournament of Champions Monday at Red Rock Lanes.

    Daugherty, who bowled the lowest televised game in PBA history – a 100 game in a 299-100 loss to eventual champion Mika Koivuniemi in the 2011 semifinal match – averaged 244.07 for 14 games Monday finishing with a total of 3,417 pins to lead the 21 players who advanced to the start of Elite Field qualifying Tuesday.

    200506PBAJimPratt.jpgDaugherty, who throws the ball without using his thumb, won the Champions Field round by 179 pins over fellow "thumbless" player Jim Pratt (right) of Glendale, Ariz.

    The Champions Field consisted of players who have won a PBA Regional, Senior Tour or Women's Series title. Daugherty qualified for the TOC as a PBA South Region title winner. Players in the Elite Field include PBA Tour title winners and 2011-12 PBA Tour exempt players.

    Still ahead of Daugherty if he hopes to return to the championship round are 20 games of Elite Field qualifying and the "Round of 36" games which will decide the four players who will compete for $80,000 and the PBA Tour's most prestigious title live on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

    "I'm doing fine as long as there are no TV lights," Daugherty said with a smile.

    In order to return to Sunday's television stage, Daugherty will have to duplicate a similar path he took last year when he worked his way through a 74-game gauntlet to reach the television stage for the first time in his career. This year, he'll have to battle through 70 games.

    "This center has nothing to do with the way I'm bowling," Daugherty said. "It's the lane condition. My ball reads this pattern right. I bowled on the same pattern back home and won two regionals.

    "The number of games catches up as the week goes by," he continued. "I finished third last year – that's pretty good. I'd take third again this year."

    Daugherty said the last thing he thinks about is the 100 game he bowled in last year's finals.

    "That 100 game was the best thing that ever happened to me. I have no problem with it," he said. "No one would remember me if I hadn't bowled that game. No one remembers Tom Smallwood and he finished second last year."

    The 21-player Champions Field survivors will be joined by 56 PBA Tour title winners and exempt players for the start of Elite Field qualifying Tuesday. All Elite Field players will bowl two five-game qualifying rounds Tuesday and another pair of five-game rounds Wednesday, with the top 25 advancing to the Round of 36 along with 11 current season title winners.


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    PBA Tournament of Champions - Champions Field Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 14-game total. The top 21 advance to Elite Field.

    1, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,417
    2, Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 3,238
    3, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3,219
    4, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 3,202
    5, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 3,106
    6, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 3,102
    7, D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas, 3,091
    8, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 3,086
    9, Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 3,084
    10, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 3,057
    11, Mike Bailey, Frisco, Texas, 3,049
    12, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,042
    13, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 3,041
    14, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3,031
    15, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 3,021
    16, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 3,018
    17, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3,007
    18, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 2,966
    19, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2,963
    20, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,946
    21, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,919

    Missed Cut:
    22, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2,914
    23, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 2,909
    24, David O'Sullivan, Sanford, Fla., 2,905
    25, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 2,894
    26, Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., 2,878
    27, J.T. Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 2,835
    28, Mark London, Gonzales, Texas, 2,769
    29, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2,768
    30, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 2,763
    31, Thomas Patton Jr., Olathe, Kan., 2,730
    32, Joseph Greco, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., 2,693

    300 Game: Mike Bailey