Redemption worth the wait for Riverview‘s Daugherty

Tampa-Riverview’s Tom Daugherty notched his 15th regional bowling tournament win, including his fourth Southern Regional Open in Spring Hill Sunday afternoon at Spring Hill Lanes defeating Orlando’s Shaun Naumann, 233-212. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

BOWLING

After waiting 12 months,

Daugherty halts Naumann’s

bid at his first regional crown, 223-212

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

SPRING HILL Redemption is worth the wait. Just ask Tampa-Riverview-based professional bowler Tom Daugherty.

Tom Daugherty
Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

A year ago, the three-time Spring Hill Open champion was attempting to duplicate Tampa’s Darin Hays’ tourney record four individual wins at the Southern Regional held at Spring Hill Lanes.

But a former Spring Hill native son, Anthony Caso, scuttled Daugherty’s bid in the tourney finals, 279-221.

Three hundred and sixty-four days later, Daugherty’s bid to tie Hays for the most Spring Hill Open crowns (4) was successful.

It wasn’t easy Sunday afternoon as Daugherty overcame a nagging shoulder to edge Orlando’s Shaun Naumann for top honors in the 30th Crystal Automotive-sponsored Spring Hill Open, 223-212.

In the 75-member field, Daugherty pocketed the $2,500 first-place check while Naumann settled on a runner-up check for $1,300.

After 15 rounds of the two-day event, the field was paired to the step=ladder Final Four.

Naumann eliminated Melbourne’s Mike Coffey rallying for a 200-184 close shave.

Jason Sterner
Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

In the semifinals, Naumann ousted second-seeded Jason Sterner of Rockledge, 204-182.

Sterner, who won this event in 2015, only trailed 77-76 after four frames, before opening in the fifth and sixth frames to open the door for Orange County native.

The steady Naumann took what was offered and collected four strikes and finished with six spares to advance to the TV-style finals for the first-time ever.

Daugherty, who felt a twinge in his shoulder a couple weeks ago at Wilmington, NC, hadn’t played since. He was hoping the rest would help him recover.

As the top seed going into the finals, he roared out of the box with four straight strikes to set the tone.

Naumann countered with a strike in the first frame, but suffered a split in the second frame, leaving two pins.

From there on, the right-handed Naumann caught fire. After a spare, he buried five consecutive strikes to close within 13 pins, 197-184, after eight frames.

Shaun Naumann
Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

But in the ninth frame, Naumann opened leaving a solitary pin basically clinching the match for Daugherty.

After opening with four strikes, Daugherty went spare, strike, spare, strike, strike, spare to close out his 15th overall regional victory and fourth in Hernando County.

Despite coming so close to his first tour win, Naumann wasn’t shattered, he believed it was a learning experience.

“I just worked my game. Mentally, I stayed with it,” explained the 33-year-old. “In the Round of 16, I survived making a couple of mistakes. I was really looking forward to playing Tom (Daugherty).

“… He’s the type of player that won’t give you an inch. He’s just an unbelievable bowler. The difference was one bad shot,” stressed Naumann. “I wish I hadn’t hooked it. I walk away from this as a learning experience.”

“I wanted this (win) since last year,” offered the 43-year-old Daugherty. “I wanted it so bad after I lost the final.

“I felt like I had a good week. I haven’t really played since the shoulder twinge. In the finals, I just wanted to seal the deal.”

Daugherty disagreed that the key to match was eight-split in the second frame by Naumann.

“That wasn’t the difference,” he countered. “I knew I had to throw it hard and straight and take my chances. I didn’t expect Shaun to throw a five-bagger to get back in it.”

On winning the Spring Hill Open for the fourth time, “I feel like I’m super blessed to play and win without pain. I was expecting to play in doubles next week in Houston. I’m fortunate that it (shoulder) got better.”

30th Crystal Automotive Southern Open Results

at Spring Hill Lanes

Top 10 Finalists (75 entries)

Tom Daugherty
Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

PL.

NAME/HOMETOWN

AVG

PRIZE

1.

Daugherty, Tom – Tampa-Riverview, Fl

224.39

$2,500.00

2.

Naumann, Shaun – Orlando, Fl

210.25

$1,300.00

3.

Sterner, Jason – Rockledge, FL

220.83

$1,100.00

4.

Coffey, Mike – Melbourne, FL

216.22

$1,000.00

5.

Page, Rhino – Orlando, Fl.

211.00

$800.00

6.

Wilcox, Sean – Altamonte Springs, Fl.

207.53

$700.00

7.

Allen, Dick – Lexington, S.C.

205.41

$625.00

8.

Garcia, Nate – Port St. Lucie, Fl.

205.06

$600.00

9.

Vergos, Pete – Apopka

207.47

$580.00

10.

Rohde, Billy – Lilburn, Ga.

205.33

$560.00

Stepladder Results

Game 1 – Naumann def. Coffey, 200-184

(Semifinal)

Game 2 – Naumann def. Sterner, 204-182

(Championship)

Game 3 – Daugherty def. Naumann, 223-212

30th Crystal Automotive Pro-Am Results

at Spring Hill Lanes

Regular Division (47 entries)

PL.

NAME

SCORE

1.

Cain, Chris

1,523

2.

Staley, Angella

1,501

3.

Wagoner, Mike

1,471

4.

Kiran. James

1,470

5.

Uchman, Mark

1,469

Senior Division (98 entries)

PL.

NAME

SCORE

1.

Salisbury, Emmit

1,303

2.

Steyer, Joe

1.300

3.

Casale, Tom

1,300

4.

Kinser, Mark

1,299

5.

Cameron, Lenny

1,293

Junior “B” Division (28 entries/131 & above)

PL.

NAME

SCORE

1.

Slater, Christian

1,578

2.

Rose, Justin

1,533

3.

Brown, Tyrese

1,513

4.

Slater, Nicholas

1,513

5.

Heeley, Genevieve

1,474

Junior “A” Division (21 entries/130 & below)

PL.

NAME

SCORE

1.

Mays, Miranda

1,490

2.

Delucia, Kevin

1,455

3.

Crouch, Lauren

1,448

4.

Coon, Colton

1,435

5.

Tilton, Brandi

1,434

ALL-TIME SPRING HILL OPEN

BOWLING CHAMPIONS (1989-2018)

Compiled by TONY CASTRO

YEAR

TEAM

HOMETOWN

1989

J.B. Van Horn

Atlanta, Ga.

1990

Jeff Bellinger

Columbia, S.C.

1991

Mark Salka

Tampa, Fl.

1992

Joe Viscom1

New London, N.C.

1993

Bob Handley

Tampa, Fl.

1994

Jason Couch

Clermont, Fl.

1995

Darin Hays

Tampa, Fl.

1996

Darin Hays

Tampa, Fl.

1997

Jason Couch

Clermont, Fl.

1998

Steve Hoskins

Tampa, Fl.

1999

Darin Hays

Tampa, Fl.

2000

Darin Hays

Tampa, Fl.

2001

Don DuPree

Fort Walton Beach, Fl.

2002

Walter Ray Williams, Sr.

Ocala, Fl.

2003

Roger Bowker

Ocala, Fl.

2004

Richie Allen

Columbia, S.C.

2005

Gary Morgan

Atlanta, Ga.

2006

Tom Daugherty

Wesley Chapel, Fl.

 

2007

 

Jason Mahr

 

Spring Hill, Fl.

2008

Tom Daugherty

Wesley Chapel, Fl.

2009

Vernon Peterson

Winter Haven, Fl.

2010

Richard Langton

Tallahassee, Fl.

2011

Mike Williams II

Montgomery, Ala.

 

2012

 

Jason Mahr

 

Spring Hill, Fl.

2013

Connor Pickford

Charlotte, N.C.

2014

Sean Riccardi

St. Petersburg, Fl.

2015

Jason Sterner

Covington, Ga.

2016

Tom Daugherty

Tampa-Riverview, Fl.

2017

Anthony Caso

Merritt Island, Fl.

2018

Tom Daugherty

Tampa-Riverview, Fl.

TOTALS (30)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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