Kyle Troup went from the top qualifier headed into Sunday’s final 16 of the PBA Hubbard Open to missing the stepladder portion.
Troup finished eighth and earned $775. He was sporting Space Invader trousers reminiscent of Guppy Troup, his father who was an outlandish bowling apparel pioneer.
As Troup devoured a vending-machine treat before departing for Taylorsville, N.C., he barely caught his breath, then sputtered the words, “I’ll be alright.”
But the momentary interruption wasn’t from the candy; instead, it was a reaction had a head cold he suffered through most of the weekend.
“There’s no excuse for today, I didn’t bowl well,” said the 22-year-old after his decline over a 12-game bloc.
“I missed several, several makeable spares,” he said. “My mental game wasn’t all the way focused.
“I had a good start, but ran into some bad ball reaction and made some bad shots. I changed hand positions the last game and learned something and ending up shooting 260.
“So I at least turned the day around a little bit and got into the top eight – not a bad finish.”
What of sliding from the No. 1 qualifier to finishing eight?
“That’s something new in my book,” Kyle said. “It never happened, but has now; it’s all part of the game.
“I’ll be back at it next week and the week after that,” he said of going back home to North Carolina for a non-PBA team challenge event in Rocky Mount.
After that, Troup will bowl in regionals in Indiana and Maryland.
Of Hubbard, Troup enjoyed the experience.
“I had a great time Friday in the pro-am — a lot of fun with a full house. They like the bowlers here. Saturday was a great day, but today wasn’t; still, it was a great weekend.”
His dad bowled in a senior event over the weekend in Virginia.
“I carry over the tradition,” Kyle said of wearing — like his dad — the outrageous pants. Kyle said he picked Space Invader because “they were the loudest pair on the website,”
Troup said of the John Daly Co. designs: “I thought they’d turn a few heads, so I might as well order them.”
He decided to wear the Space Invader pants because he wore them last week and was runner-up at a PBA regional in Pensacola, Fla.
The talent impressed onlookers, One Hubbard Open spectator, after glancing at tournament scoresheets, commented, “They shoot some big numbers.”
Bell-Wick co-host Francis Zitnik responded: “They’d throw two balls before one of mine hit the pins and returned.”