Bowling News USA - January 21, 2011 Tom Daughtery, Andres Gomez will Represent the Storm Nation in T of C Finals...$250,000 on the Line for First Place!
Free Agent Tom Daughtery and Storm International staffer Andres Gomez Make the Telecast on Saturday...
Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., advanced to the finals of the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions as the number one seed. The event is being held at Red Rock Lanes, Las Vegas, NV.
Daughtery, Gomez, Mika Koivuniemi, and Smallwood will be battling for a PBA-record $250,000 first prize in Saturday’s live stepladder finals on ABC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (11:30 a.m. Pacific).
Click below for the latest episode of Storm Talk, featuring interviews with Tom Daughtery, Andres Gomez, Chris Schlemer, Hank Boomershine and Storm CEO Bill Chrisman.
Storm's Gomez, a Colombian citizen who lives in Weston, Fla. is an exempt player on the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; is a four-time PBA Regional title winner. Koivuniemi, a native of Finland, owns eight PBA Tour titles including two major championships.
Gomez used two Hy-Roads™ and a Storm Marvel™ throughout the week. Daughtery used Storm Victory Roads™, Roto Grip Nomads™, and a Nomad Dagger™.
"I feel great and will be ready tomorrow," said Gomez after the bowling Friday night. "I really want the title. I am not thinking about the money. I said all week that this would be the greatest title to have and I want it."
Daugherty, a pro shop owner, is focused and ready for Saturday. "This has been a dream week and tomorrow it's game on." "My equipment has been great all week and Chris Schlemer (Storm PBA Tour Consultant) has really helped me out. I know how good the Storm and Roto Grip Product lines are because my pro shop is a Storm and Roto Grip shop."
"We will have a game plan tomorrow," said Schlemer. "We will have to see what happens to the lanes after the practice before the show. Our equipment is excellent and it will be a game time decision to see what Andres and Tom will be using. Andres has been throwing Marvels and Hy-Roads and Tom has been using the new Victory Roads and Nomad Dagger. Tomorrow is a big day."
In addition to the $250,000 first prize, Saturday’s other prizes are $100,000 for second place, $50,000 for third and $40,000 for fourth.
Saturday’s PBA Tournament of Champions finals will return to ABC Television for the first time in 14 years. The PBA Tour has been televised live on ESPN since 1980.
46TH PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Red Rock Lanes, Las Vegas, Nev., Friday, Jan. 21
FINAL MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (after 58 games, including won-lost records and match play bonus pins; top four advance to stepladder finals live on ABC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Eastern/11:30 a.m. Pacific)
1, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 19-5, 13,606.
2, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 16-8, 13,545.
3, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 13-11, 13,424.
4, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 15-9, 13,376.
5, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 14-10, 13,358, $35,000.
6, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 11-13, 13,347, $30,000.
7, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 11-13, 13,314, $26,000.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 14-10, 13,212, $24,000.
9, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 11-13, 13,175, $23,000.
10, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 10-14, 13,144, $22,000.
11, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 12-12, 13,140, $21,000.
12, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 10-14, 13,092, $20,100.
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 11-12-1, 13,053, $19,000.
14, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 12-12, 12,969, $18,000.
15, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 14-10, 12,949, $17,000.
16, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 10-14, 12,879, $16,000.
17, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 15-9, 12,855, $15,100.
18, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 11-12-1, 12,854, $14,000.
19, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 7-17, 12,748, $13,000.
20, Robert Smith, Hong Kong, 12-12, 12,686, $12,000.
21, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 10-14, 12,614, $11,000.
22, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 10-14, 12,543, $10,000.
23, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 8-16, 12,535, $9,000.
24, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 11-13, 12,483, $8,000.
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