Travis Cauley, 19, of Hamilton improved with each six game set and finished 33rd at the the $100,000 Junior Gold Tournament in Detroit.
Cauley, who turns 20 in September, made it to the semi-finals and rolled 30 games with each of the six game blocks bowled on five different tough patterns, a form of modified sport conditions. His goal was to improve on last year’s 52nd placing and his 33rd finish was the highest for any international bowler, which included Asia, Europe, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.
Travis started slow with 1,205, including singles of 236 and 235 for his first six games to stand 165th. Then he rolled 1,199 for his next six games, including a 643 triple and 247 single, that lifted him to 143rd. Triples of 648 with 222 and 221 singles, and 593 with a 235 high, moved him to 88th place. In the fourth six game block, triples of 669 (240,241,188) and 605 (215) enabled him to jump to 43rd and a place in the semi-finals. In his fifth and final six games, Travis threw triples of 601 (224) and 661 (201, 258, 202) to finish 33rd with a 205 average for his 30 games, and an improvement of 19 places from last year. He earned a $200 scholarship, missing out on an additional $300 by only three pins. Nick Murphy, also from Hamilton, averaged 180 for his 18 games with highs of 231 and 221. Daniel Spink of Missouri used a 300 game in the finals to win by 166 pins with a 220 average.
Travis has four perfect 300 games in his remarkable junior career starting with number one in May 2004 at Skyway Lanes, making him the youngest male bowler in Hamilton with a 300 game. The youngest bowler, by three months, with a 300 is Jen Olmsted. Perfect games by Travis followed at Hamilton Bowl, Guelph and Rochester, N.Y. along with a 299 game and 803 (289, 235, 279) triple in Rochester. Last April he won the YBT National Invitational for the second time with better than a 240 average, including a 290 game, for eight games. In the gold medal match he threw a 256.
This weekend Travis competes in the annual Canusa Games in Flint, Michigan along with Chelsea King who won a gold and three bronze medals at the CTF Youth Nationals in Ste. Sault Marie.
In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia, other Hamilton juniors with perfect games are Chris King, Jeff Dalton, Brian DeFrancesco, Jayson Legg, William Russell and Corey Whitehouse. With 299s are Whitehouse, Shawn Anderson, Scott Grunau, Matt Lewis, Ryan Morgan and Mike Scargall. John Perrin and Nadine Hamilton have 298s and Brian Moore a 297.