Tennessee boy, 12, earns $400

Updated: May 12, 2010, 11:51 AM ET
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A 12-year-old boy has become the youngest bowler to earn money at a Professional Bowlers Association event -- but he can't spend that cash right away.

Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., finished 30th in the PBA's Canton (Ga.) Open Regional tournament Sunday, receiving $400 that will be deposited into a scholarship account.

Bowling as a non-PBA member, he had a 2,797 13-game pinfall total for a 215.1 average. The sixth-grader was competing against a 94-player field that included some of the top regional and national tour professional players from the organization's South region.

He was already the youngest bowler to roll a United States Bowling Congress-certified 800 series. He became interested in the sport when he attended a friend's bowling birthday party at the age of 7.

"After that he was hooked," his mother, Cathy, said, according to PBA.com. "Before we knew it he was bowling three days a week and at this point I think he's got about 60 bowling balls."

Doyle said he's already thinking about his future in the sport, according to the PBA.com.

"When I'm ready for college I'd like to go to Wichita State or Weber State because they are two of the top bowling schools," he said, according to the report. "After that I'd like to bowl on the PBA Tour."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.