Bowling has taken Ty Resendez around the country, and as he competes against top young bowlers in the U.S., he’s hoping the sport eventually takes him to the collegiate ranks and someday even the professional tour.

Resendez, 17, completed the first day of the Junior Gold Championships in Dallas Monday. He is the only South Texas bowler in the tournament. He had a four-game total of 575 and his highest single total of the day was a 183 Monday.

He has 12 more games over the next three days to climb the Under-20 Boys Division rankings. There’s a cut after Thursday’s round. The top scorers move on to compete Friday.

This is the Alice youth bowler’s fifth time competing in the Junior Gold Championships, and he’s shooting at finishing up well enough to make the cut for the tournament finals for the first time.

“I think my first day went well,” he said. “I think it could have gone better. If I can bowl better over the next three days, hopefully, I can move up.”

Resendez averaged 131 in his first four games. He said to make the cut and qualify to Friday’s round, he needs to average close to 190 a game through the next 12 games.

Aside from the competitive field he’s up against, the national tournament also puts Resendez on a professional level “house shot,” which is the oil pattern used on the bowling lane. The “house shot” at the Junior Gold Championship forces bowlers to be more accurate with their delivery.

Resendez qualified to the Dallas tournament in March by placing at a qualifying tournament in Austin. He placed third out of 16 bowlers. The top two qualified, but he moved on since the second-place finisher had already qualified.

Through the last four years, Resendez has bowled in Junior Gold tournaments in Buffalo, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Chicago.

On Saturday, Resendez is scheduled to compete in the U.S. Youth Open also in Dallas.

Resendez is a 2018 graduate of Alice High School. He attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and major in music. His plan is to eventually transfer to a school with a collegiate program. He’s narrowed his selection down to Kansas Wesleyan, Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio and Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Okla.