Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Florida, has been unanimously chosen as the March 2021 Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association
Daugherty captured two titles at the PBA World Series of Bowling (WSOB) XII, his third and fourth career PBA titles. He outlasted Jakob Butturff, Tempe Arizona, 263 to 257 to win the Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship. Five days later, he defeated Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, North Carolina, 266 to 254 to capture the PBA Scorpion Championship.
In the Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship, the stepladder finals began with fourth seed Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, ousting Troup 210 to 201. Third seeded Butturff bested Via 249 to 227 and second seed E.J. Tackett, Bluffton, Indiana, 210 to 178 to advance to the title match.
The PBA Scorpion Championship eliminator championship round saw the first of four bowlers eliminated as Michael Tang, Pickerington, Ohio, lost a one ball rolloff to Kris Prather, Plainfield, Illinois, 10 to 9 after tying at 182. Troup countered with 213 and Daugherty posted 244. Prather was the next out in the second round shooting a 237 to Troup’s 279 and Daugherty’s 276, setting up the title match.
Others obtaining votes this month were Shawn Maldonado, winner of the WSOB XII PBA Chameleon Championship, Sam Cooley, winner of the WSOB XII Cheetah Championship, and Spencer Robarge and Jillian Martin, the PBA Jr. Boys and Girls National Champions.