After bowling a Professional Bowlers Assn. 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 in Las Vegas.
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.
A special feature on Daugherty's triumph will appear in the February issue of Bowlers Journal International.