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This the first in a 10-part series by PBA Commissioner Tom Clark.
As PBA Commissioner, my greatest privilege has been having a front row seat to PBA history.
I've worked more than 250 PBA finals since 2008. One thing has been guaranteed: Our events and our players always deliver compelling drama. Every time.
But as last decade came to a close, I singled out my 10 most memorable shows from 2010-19, with some personal notes:
No. 10: 2012 PBA WSOB Scorpion Championship, South Point Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Tom Daugherty won his first PBA title, almost two years after his 100 game in his first game on TV vs. Mika Koivuniemi's 299 at the 2011 TOC was the lowest game ever bowled on TV.
Even though Daugherty handled his TOC disaster so well, the notoriety for the 100 made validating his career with a PBA title all the more sweet.
By ironic coincidence, the event was sponsored by the 100th anniversary of Bowlers Journal magazine, so a giant "100" was on the masking unit, staring back at Tom throughout the show.
Daugherty stared it down and stared down two of the most powerful players in history – Jason Belmonte and Osku Palermaa – by putting on a power display of his own, coupled with incredible spare shooting to win.
The combination of relief, reaching a career goal, defining himself as a PBA champion after what could have been a humiliating exit from pro bowling the year before, made Daugherty's story so special to me that even when it aired on tape delay a couple months later and I re-lived it, the same wave of emotion and pride brought goosebumps all over again.
Watch the full show here:
Tom Clark’s Top 10 Countdown
1. To be released June 6
2. To be released May 30
3. To be released May 23
4. To be released May 16
5. To be released May 9
6. To be released May 2
7. To be released April 25
8. To be released April 18
9. To be released April 11
10. 2012 PBA WSOB Scorpion Championship