Kamron Doyle

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Kamron Doyle (born January 13, 1998) is an American ten-pin bowler from Brentwood, Tennessee.[1] He was at one time the youngest person in USBC history to record a sanctioned 800 series — a three-game set with scores adding to at least 800 — which he accomplished by rolling an 802 score on March 14, 2009 at the age of 11 years, 60 days. (Korey Reichard of Jackson, Michigan, aged 10 years, 7 months, 23 days, rolled an 800 series on January 21, 2012 to top Doyle's record.)[2] Doyle is also the third-youngest bowler to roll a USBC-sanctioned 300 game, which he did in May 2008.[3] In league play on December 8, 2012, Kamron blasted the pins for an 818 series with games of 239, 300 and 279, achieving his 15th perfect game and the fourth time he rolled an 800 series. On December 11, 2012, bowling with his high schcool, Kamron rolled a 247, 279, and a 278 for an 804 series—his fifth in his young "career." On February 2, 2013, Kamron blasted the pins for his 16th perfect game, and he also rolled a 299.

Doyle also became the youngest bowler to ever cash in a PBA tournament, when he entered a PBA South Region Event in Canton, Georgia in May 2010, at age 12, and finished in 30th place out of 94 bowlers. He averaged 215 for 13 games in that event and earned $400 in his second PBA regional event.[3] Kamron bowled another PBA regional, the PBA South Region Marion, NC Non-Champions Open, on April 1–3, 2011, at age 13. He blasted the pins for a 279 in the first game of match-play and compiled a 3–3 won-lost record en route to a respectable 7th place finish out of 96 bowlers, earning $700 for the PBA event. Doyle also bowls on the SSJBA Tour and currently owns 15 titles. On April 15, 2012 Kamron broke the SSJBA record for most titles in one season winning 6 titles beating Chad Pitcock's previous record of 5 titles back in 2001.

On February 23, 2012, at age 14, Doyle became the youngest person to ever cash in a PBA major tournament, when he qualified 54th (out of 394 bowlers from 12 different countries) and finished 61st at the prestigious U.S. Open in North Brunswick, NJ.[4] In a scheduling oddity, Doyle, the youngest player in the event, bowled the qualifying round on the same lanes with 64-year old PBA legend Johnny Petraglia. Said Petraglia of Doyle, whom he beat by just 7 pins: "I think he is going to be terrific. I remember bowling with [37-time PBA Tour titleist] Pete Weber in a pro-am in St. Louis when he was maybe 15, and I see the same kind of swing, the same fiery attitude, the same attributes Pete had when he was a teenager." In the U.S. Open, Doyle averaged 200.77 for the event, and earned $1340 for the week, finishing ahead of PBA stars Tommy Jones (65th), Amleto Monacelli (66th), Tom Baker (67th), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (74th), George Branham III (77th), Petraglia (78th), and Parker Bohn III (119th).

On August 26, 2012, Kamron had a stellar performance in a PBA South Region tournament in Canton, GA, finishing in a tie for third place out of 75 bowlers. In his 21 qualifying games, Kamron blasted the pins for a total pinfall of 4,646 (a 221.238 average), and posted a 5–3 win-loss record in match play. In the round of 16, Kamron defeated 2012 PBA Tour titleist Scott Newell, 3 games to 1, and the first match, which the 14-year old won 299–289, was easily the most exciting game of the tournament. Kamron added scores of 229, 244 and 261 to cap off an excellent four-game block. He then went on to defeat Mike Williams II, 2 games to 1 in the round of 8, and met eventual tournament winner and bowling legend Walter Ray Williams, Jr. in the round of 4. Kamron lost to Walter Ray, 226–214 in the semi-final match, and earned $850 for the event.

Doyle, now 15, was again successful in his second trip to the U.S. Open, as he qualified 38th in the 2013 event with a 24-game pinfall of 4,896 to make the 65-player cut line.[5] Doyle shot 1,233 in the 6-game cashers round, failing to make the 24-player match play round and finishing 37th overall out of 260 bowlers to earn $1140. Doyle averaged 204.30 for the event and finished way ahead of such bowling legends as Chris Barnes (55th place), and Parker Bohn III and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (tied for 75th place).[6]

Kamron won his first PBA regional title at the PBA Lightning Lanes Challenge in Marion, NC on May 17, 2014 at age 16 years, 4 months. He knocked down 3543 pins in his 17 games, for a 208.41 average. He recorded a 7-2 won-loss record in the playoffs to capture the first place prize of $1500. A total of 69 bowlers started the event (one withdrew after 5 games). [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Jason. "Quick Take on Kamron Doyle." Article at www.pba.com on May 12, 2010.
  2. ^ "Korey Reichard has 800 reasons to smile" article at wxyz.com on February 17, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Layman, Donnie. "Is Kamron's Success Bad for the Sport?" Article at www.pba.com on May 13, 2010.
  4. ^ Vint, Bill. "Shafer Leads U.S. Open, But 14-Year-Old Kamron Doyle Becomes Youngest Casher in PBA Tour History." Article at www.pba.com on February 23, 2012. [1]
  5. ^ Belmonte, Johnson Lead Qualifying at U.S. Open, Fields Cut to Top 65 men and 28 Women Schneider, Jerry at pba.com on July 24, 2013.
  6. ^ 2103 U.S. Open Cashers Round Results at www.pba.com, retrieved July 30, 2013.
  7. ^ pba.com