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.
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.
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. 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.
Said to be one of the PBA's premier two-handed adult bowlers, Troup sometimes uses an older-technology urethane bowling ball on shorter oil patterns.
Troup spent his first five years as a PBA member bowling mostly in PBA Regional events close to home, while he worked his regular job managing a Wendy's restaurant.
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. He finished eighth in the South Shore PBA/PBA50 doubles with PBA50 player Jerry Brunette Jr.
In 2016, Troup finished second in the Downums Waste Services Xtra Frame Open, and fourth in Gene Carter's Pro Shop Classic.
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. His only other TV finals appearance in 2017 was at the PBA World Championship major, where he finished fourth.
Three weeks later, on January 28, Troup made it to the final match of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational, but finished runner-up to top seed Dominic Barrett. 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.
Troup has made ten PBA championship round appearances, and owns ten PBA Regional titles. He has rolled 13 career 300 games in PBA competition through the end of 2018.
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.
Troup is recognized for his throwback Afro hairdo and Partridge Family bus-styled attire, most commonly his unique choice of trousers, similar to his father who was known for his flamboyant public persona.
PBA career statistics
Statistics are through the last complete PBA season.
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+CRA = Championship Round Appearances