Two-time winner in 2021 averages 250.38 to lead first day of competition
Chesapeake, Va.—Four-time Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour champion Tom Daugherty leads all players through eight games of qualifying in the PBA Chesapeake Open at AMF Western Branch Lanes. With a 250.38 average, Daugherty’s +403 score gives him a 36-pin advantage over second-place Sean Rash entering tomorrow’s cashers qualifying.
Daugherty already has two victories in 2021, including the Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship for his first career major. He ranks third among all players in 2021 earnings, banking $190,400 so far. Even with a sub-200 score in his final game of qualifying, he was able to maintain a 250 average in besting the field.
Also among the 49 competitors making the cut were several players still in the running to claim victory in the PBA Summer Tour points race, including each of the current top four. Leader Darren Tang is in sixth (+314), No. 2 Anthony Simonsen qualified 11th (+281), third-ranked Shawn Maldonado is in 38th (+153) and No. 4 EJ Tackett qualified 20th (+234). Sixth-ranked Jakob Butturff took the 49th and final spot with a +125 block.
Defending champion Bill O’Neill is still in the mix, averaging 221.75 to qualify 30th for cashers round. Kyle Troup, who needed to finish second or better to become the first player in PBA Tour history to earn $500,000 in a single season, missed the cut and finished 76th.
Competition resumes Sunday with four games of cashers qualifying at 9 a.m. ET. Following cashers qualifying, the top 16 players bowl three more games, after which the top eight players bowl two more games to determine the top four for the stepladder finals beginning at 3 p.m. ET. All rounds will be streamed live on FloBowling. To subscribe, visit FloBowling.com.
PBA Chesapeake Open Top 10 Through 8 Games
AMF Western Branch Lanes – Chesapeake, Va.
- Tom Daugherty +403
- Sean Rash +367
- Anthony Lavery-Spahr +360
- Chris Via +340
- Tommy Jones +338
- Darren Tang +314
- Tim Foy Jr. +307
- Ryan Ciminelli +302
- Sean Wilcox +285
- Marshall Kent +284
Full PBA Chesapeake Open standings: https://www.pba.com/tournaments/2021/pba-chesapeake-open
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