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Kyle Troup (born June 11, 1991) is an American professional ten-pin bowler residing in Taylorsville, North Carolina. He uses the two-handed shovel-style delivery with a dominant right hand. Troup says he needed two hands when learning to throw the ball as a young child, calling himself self-taught in that regard.[1]

Kyle Troup
Troup at a PBA tournament in 2016
Born (1991-06-11) June 11, 1991 (age 28)
NationalityUnited States
Home townTaylorsville, North Carolina
Bowling Information
Rookie year2008
Dominant handRight (two-handed)
SponsorsStorm Products, Vise grips

Troup has been a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) since 2008, and won his first national PBA Tour title in 2015. He has three PBA Tour titles to date. As of 2018, Troup is a member of Team USA.[2]

Amateur careerEdit

As a teenager, Troup was one of the youngest-ever members of the North Carolina All Stars team, bowling in events across South Carolina and Georgia in addition to his home state.[3]

On January 7, 2018, Troup finished as the top qualifier at the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials, making the team for the first time in his career.[2] At the 2018 World Bowling Tour Men's Championships in Hong Kong (held November 24–December 5), he won a gold medal in trios with teammates Andrew Anderson and E. J. Tackett.[4]

Troup and his Team USA teammates won the 2019 Weber Cup over Team Europe. Troup bowled in ten matches over the 32-match event, going 5–0 in singles, 0–3 in doubles, and 1–1 in team.[5]

PBA careerEdit

Said to be one of the PBA's premier two-handed bowlers,[6] Troup sometimes uses an older-technology urethane bowling ball on shorter oil patterns.[7]

Troup spent his first five years as a PBA member bowling mostly in PBA Regional Tour events close to home, while he worked his regular job managing a Wendy's restaurant.[8] He won his first Regional title at age 19 in the 2010 Fort Jackson (SC) Non-Champion Regional. He was named PBA Southern Region Player of the Year in both 2013 and 2014.[3]

In 2015, Troup decided to bowl more events on the national PBA Tour, and made it to the championship round (the final stage of a PBA tournament) four times. He won the 2015 PBA Wolf Open in Shawnee, Oklahoma for his first PBA Tour title.[9] He finished eighth in the South Shore PBA/PBA50 doubles with PBA50 player Jerry Brunette Jr.[9]

In 2016, Troup finished second in the Downums Waste Services Xtra Frame Open, and fourth in Gene Carter's Pro Shop Classic.[9]

Troup's second PBA Tour title came on April 16, 2017 in the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, where he teamed with left-handed two-hander Jesper Svensson for the title.[10] His only other TV finals appearance in 2017 was at the PBA World Championship major, where he finished fourth.[11]

On January 28, 2018, Troup made it to the final match of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational, but finished runner-up to top seed Dominic Barrett.[12] Troup won his third PBA title on September 9, 2018 at the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters in Malmö, Sweden, defeating reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte in the final match.[13]

Kyle was a member of the Portland Lumberjacks team, winners of the 2019 PBA League competition.[14]

Troup has made 16 PBA championship round appearances, and owns ten PBA Regional titles. He has rolled 15 career 300 games in PBA competition through the 2019 season.[9]


Troup is the son of eight-time PBA Tour winner Guppy Troup, the two constituting the fourth father-son pair to each win PBA Tour titles.[7] [9]

Troup is recognized for his throwback Afro hairdo and Partridge Family bus-styled attire, most commonly his unique choice of trousers,[7] similar to his father who was known for his flamboyant public persona.[15] Kyle's nickname on Tour is "Afro Fish".[16]

After being knocked out of the 2019 PBA Tour Playoffs in the second round, Troup provided analysis for the final four and championship finals live broadcasts (aired June 1 and 2 on Fox), along with Jason Belmonte and the regular PBA broadcast team of Rob Stone and Randy Pedersen.[17]

PBA career statisticsEdit

Statistics are through the last complete PBA season.

Season Events Cashes Match Play CRA+ PBA Titles Average Earnings ($US)
2010-11 1 0 0 0 0 211.83 0
2011-12 3 1 0 0 0 211.83 1,000
2012-13 14 0 0 0 0 209.83 100
2014 7 2 0 0 0 215.44 16,423
2015 17 12 7 4 1 216.84 34,136
2016 20 13 9 2 0 221.44 43,920
2017 21 12 6 2 1 218.95 65,615
2018 28 16 7 3 1 215.01 78,846
2019 25 16 7 5 0 216.47 67,204

+CRA = Championship Round Appearances


  1. ^ "Kyle Troup". Storm Bowling Products, Inc. Archived from the original on August 25, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2016. (cited for quotation from interview)
  2. ^ a b Smith, Aaron (January 7, 2018). "Champions determined at 2018 Team USA Trials, U.S. Amateur". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Storm Bowling player profile - Kyle Troup". Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Jensen, Kim Thorsgaard (December 5, 2018). "World Men Championships in Hong Kong". European Tenpin Bowling Federation. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Vint, Bill (June 21, 2019). "PBA Spare Shots: American PBA Stars Successfully Defend Weber Cup, Tie Series at 10-10". Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  6. ^ TeamIAB (November 7, 2013). "The Life of a Pro Bowler Child: Kyle Troup". International Art of Bowling. Archived from the original on May 14, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Schneider, J. (May 26, 2015). "Kyle Troup Wins PBA Wolf Open For First PBA Tour Title, Joins Father Guppy as PBA Tour Champions". Professional Bowlers Association ( article). Archived from the original on April 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "THE LIFE OF A PRO BOWLER CHILD: KYLE TROUP". November 7, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e Bowler's profile: "Kyle Troup". Professional Bowlers Association ( Archived from the original on August 8, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  10. ^ "Kyle Troup, Jesper Svensson Make History in Winning Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship". April 16, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  11. ^ Vint, Bill (December 31, 2017). "Australia's Jason Belmonte Wins Historic PBA World Championship for Ninth Major Title, Third in 2017". Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  13. ^ Vint, Bill (September 9, 2018). "Kyle Troup Upsets Jason Belmonte to Win PBA-WBT Lucky Larsen Masters Title in Sweden".
  14. ^ Vint, Bill (18 July 2019). "Portland Lumberjacks Dominate L.A. X to Win First PBA League Elias Cup; Wes Malott Named Mark Roth MVP". Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  15. ^ Deford, Frank (January 25, 1988). "Frank Deford Goes Bowling". Sports Illustrated "vault". Archived from the original on September 1, 2016.
  16. ^ "Team Fish - Our Journey". Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  17. ^ Vint, Bill (2019-06-06). "PBA Playoffs Finale Caps Strong Viewership Surges on FOX Sports". Retrieved 2019-06-07.

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