His stroke is getting better by the day.
He’s bowled a perfect game. Another time he linked 14 strikes in a row.
And now 21-year-old UC Davis student Trevor Silva is top dog in the Classified All-Events division of the 2014 U.S. Bowling Congress Open Championships.
The recent, four-month-long Reno tournament — which had more than 12,000 amateur bowlers take their best shots during team, doubles and singles stages — saw the Aggie senior chop down 1,855 pins (a 206 average).
“A lot of people from my area were (in Reno), and that really helped me bowl well,” Silva said. “If I was there alone, it would’ve been a whole different ball game.”
The Castro Valley native came to UCD three years ago. He says he was originally inspired to attend the local university by the reputation of the club bowling team and a course of study he has since abandoned.
“Honestly, when I was 10 my dream was to come to Davis, bowl on its team and be a biologist,” Silva told The Enterprise this week.
Silva started slinging a bowling ball — one provided by his grandpa Charles Pereira — at age 6. By the time Trevor was 12, “I figured out how to spin the ball” and blew past his mentor with a 228 game.
“That was a cool day,” remembers Silva, who was using a urethane ball that Pereira has just given him. “He was like, ‘Oh. I see where you’re going with this …’ ”
Where that was was competing in youth bowling tournaments, leagues and practicing frequently. But baseball got in the way occasionally and Silva took a four-year break in how seriously he hit the alleys. However, as he neared high school graduation (Leadership Public Charter School) he zeroed back in on Bay Area lanes.
A terrific student in the classroom, Silva had little problem living that 10-year-old kid’s dream: attend UCD, only with a change to mechanical engineering as his major.
One of his first stops on campus was the Memorial Union, and then he signed up for the club bowling team.
While averaging only 160-something that first season, the Aggie keglers qualified for the section tournament in Texas. They were but three places from making the national finals.
As manager of the 2014-15 bowling squad, Silva would love to see UCD return to the status of his freshman year.
“We have great volunteer coaches. Mike Galli and Nick Morgan have really helped us,” reports Silva, who has hooked up with Morgan to take giant steps forward since that first year as an Aggie.
“He’s a kid who has always had game,” pro/am bowler Morgan says of Silva. “How did he get better? Through practice and determination. He seems to have an addiction for the game.”
Morgan said Silva’s unique delivery produces power and a pocket-busting spin that helps him create an acute hook.
“But spare-shooting?” Sacramento native Morgan adds with a chuckle. “He could improve. There’s another 10 pins right there.”
Before Morgan could make more light of Silva’s second shot, it was noted that the right-handed Aggie has converted The Demon — a 7-11 split.
So, is the Professional Bowlers Association in Silva’s future?
“No … not in my future,” he answers, maybe a tad too soon. “I don’t know. I’ve seen a lot of people out there and there are some really good bowlers. I don’t think I have the drive to do well in PBA.
“But I’ll definitely bowl tournaments after college. My main focus is going to be on my (engineering) career.”
Notes: Silva’s mom Cynthia recently retired, as did stepdad Ernie Martin. Trevor’s father, Rod Silva, died when he was 15. Brother Rick, 33, owns a contracting/real estate brokerage firm in San Leandro. Sister Ashley is a nurse with Kaiser in Concord. … At Reno, Trevor has set a goal: “I wanted to average 190, which I thought was fair based on what I’ve been working on in practice. I knew if I came out and repeated shots, I would do well, but I never expected anything like (his opening-series 667 or the 227 in his final game). … Morgan, 58, is a former UPS employee who graduated from Burbank High. He still bowls pro senior events. … Silva says tryouts for the Aggie team — which will include at least mixed A, B and women’s teams — will be conducted Oct. 4-5. To get involved (or on the mailing list) write to Silva at [email protected]