The Firsts and Lasts of World Series of Bowling XII
Tampa, Fla.—Two new champions, a first-time major winner and first-time doubles champions were crowned over the course of five events held in the World Series of Bowling XII at AMF University Lanes. The World Series also marked the end of two of the most legendary careers in PBA history, with both Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr. announcing their retirements.
Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship
Tampa native Tom Daugherty qualified as the No. 1 seed and bowled a 263 game to defeat third seed Jakob Butturff and win the Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship. Daugherty rolled 10 strikes in the title match to win his first career major championship and third overall PBA Tour title. Daugherty earned $100,000 for the victory.
PBA Roth/Holman Doubles Championship
Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather, the third seeds for the PBA Roth/Holman Doubles Championship, won three matches on the way to their first doubles championship. A 203-202 win over defending champions Jesper Svensson and Kyle Troup was the closest Anderson and Prather came to losing on the day. They went on to defeat Marshall Kent and EJ Tackett in the semifinal match, then won the title over top seeds Daugherty and BJ Moore. It was Prather’s fourth career PBA Tour title and Anderson’s third.
PBA Cheetah Championship
Australia’s Sam Cooley claimed the PBA Cheetah Championship with a 247-185 victory over Prather in the title match. It was the first career title for Cooley, who has been bowling on the PBA Tour since 2015. Cooley defeated Brad Miller and Chris Via during best-of-five match play, then outlasted Anthony Simonsen, Marshall Kent and Prather in the eliminator finals to earn the title.
PBA Chameleon Championship
Shawn Maldonado became the next first-time winner at WSOB XII, rolling a 250 game in the title match of the PBA Chameleon Championship to defeat Butturff. Maldonado went undefeated on the day, sweeping both of his best-of-five matches to knock out Sean Lavery-Spahr and Kent, then posting the highest score in all three eliminator matches.
PBA Scorpion Championship
Daugherty bookended the World Series with titles, proclaiming, “This is my house” after his winning shot over Kyle Troup in the PBA Scorpion Championship. Daugherty averaged 262 in the eliminator finals to win his fourth career PBA Tour title and second Scorpion Championship.
Weber, Williams Announce Retirement
PBA Scorpion Championship match play was the final day of PBA Tour competition for legends Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr., both of whom announced their retirements that day. Weber, who announced his retirement prior to Round of 16 match play, was eliminated three games to two by eventual champion Daugherty. Williams made it to the Round of 8, where he also faced Daugherty and likewise fell three games to two. Weber and Williams both plan to continue competing on the PBA50 Tour.
World Series of Bowling XII Champions
Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship – Tom Daugherty
PBA Roth/Holman Doubles Championship – Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather
PBA Cheetah Championship – Sam Cooley
PBA Chameleon Championship – Shawn Maldonado
PBA Scorpion Championship – Tom Daugherty
WSOB XII Stats
Most titles won: Tom Daugherty (2)
Most cuts made: EJ Tackett (5)
Most TV finals appearances: Tom Daugherty, Kris Prather, Kyle Troup (3)
Most money earned: Tom Daugherty ($139,750)
Top Five WSOB XII Earnings
- Tom Daugherty, $139,750
- Jakob Butturff, $65,750
- Kris Prather, $53,000
- EJ Tackett, $44,500
- Kyle Troup, $41,500
About the PBA
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