Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, North Carolina has been selected as the May 2021 Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.
Troup outlasted Sam Cooley, Australia, to win the Kia PBA Playoffs, 3 games to 1, the $100,000 first prize and the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) championship belt. It is Troup’s eight career PBA title, tying him with his father, Guppy, a PBA star in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
In the sixteen player bracket format, Troup, ousted former USBC Masters winner Andrew Anderson in the Round of 16, current USBC Masters champ Thomas Larsen in the Round of 8, and current PBA Tournament of Champions winner Francois Lavoie in the Round of 4 to reach the finale.
Cooley evened the championship match at one game apiece by rolling the 31 st TV 300 game in PBA history, only one of two games Troup lost in route to the title.
In very close voting this month, others receiving votes this month were Stephanie Zavala, winner of the PWBA BVL Open, her second PWBA title in only her fifth career PWBA tournament, Julia Bond, winner of the USBC Queens, Liz Johnson, winner of the PWBA Lincoln Open, and Pete Weber, winner of the PBA50 Greenville Financial Open.
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