Newly-crowned PBA Senior Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., won Sunday’s PBA South Region Scorpion Open at Cherokee Lanes in Canton, Ga., but it was 14-year-old amateur Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., who continued to dazzle the bowling world with another eye-opening performance.
Williams, 52, defeated Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 255-172, to win the final South Region animal pattern championship of the season. It was Williams’ 31st standard PBA Regional title and 85th overall PBA title (47 PBA Tour, four Senior Tour and three Senior Regional titles). He advanced to the title match after eliminating Doyle in the semifinal round, 226-214.
Doyle’s third-place finish was his highest ever in PBA competition, but not his first sterling performance. In 2010, also in Canton, Doyle became the youngest player in PBA history to “cash” in a regional tournament when he finished 30th in an event also won by Williams. Earlier in 2012, Doyle became the youngest player ever (also at age 14) to cash in the U.S. Open, finished 61st in a world-class field of professional and amateur bowlers in North Brunswick, N.J.
As an amateur, Doyle is not allowed to accept money, but his earnings are deposited into his growing USBC SMART scholarship account.
For the record, the youngest bowler ever to win a PBA Regional title was Pete Weber, who won a PBA Midwest Regional tournament in St. Louis at age 17. Doyle is the youngest ever to finish as high a third place. In April, Wesley Low of Palmdale, Calif., also finished third in a PBA West Region non-champions tournament at the age of 14 years, 344 days. Low is 126 days older than Doyle.