Cameron Foster

Pella's Cameron Foster at the 2022 USBC Open Championship

LAS VEGAS — Cameron Foster of Pella, Iowa, is no stranger to shooting honor scores on some of bowling's biggest stages.

The 36-year-old right-hander rolled 300 at the 2019 U.S. Open in Mooresville, North Carolina, and last year, he fired a perfect game at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships during singles at the South Point Bowling Center.

Just one year and five days after his last USBC Open Championships honor score, Foster was back at it again at the 2022 event as he shot 268, 257 and 279 during doubles Saturday night for an 804 series at the South Point Bowling Plaza.

Foster now is one of 39 competitors at the tournament to record both a 300 game and 800 series on the championship lanes.

"I haven't shot 800 in quite some time, so to do it on a tougher pattern at a prestigious tournament was a pretty good feeling," Foster said.

Sitting at 525 after two games, Foster needed to throw at least 10 strikes during game three for a chance to collect the 800.

He began the third game with a double, but after failing to strike in the third frame, Foster had little room to work with for the rest of the set; he would have to strike on the next eight balls, with six or more on his fill, in order to get to 800.

Having so slim a margin for error may have been enough to throw some bowlers off, but it didn't bother Foster as he wasn't really focusing on the possibility of 800 until the final frames.

"I kind of just turned my brain off, tried to throw good shots, and didn't even think about it," said Foster, who made his 15th consecutive appearance at the Open Championships. "Where I really started to realize it was after I threw the one in the ninth. That's where I told myself that I really had to focus."

Foster's mindset may have changed heading into the 10th frame, but the quality of his shots did not as he delivered three picture-perfect strikes to secure the sixth 800 of the 2022 Open Championships.

The other 800s from this year's tournament were rolled by Robby Callan of Vacaville, California (808 - team), Michael Grimm of Newburgh, Indiana (820 - doubles), Stephen Dale of Windham, New Hampshire (826 - doubles), Scott Patke of Lansing, Michigan (835 - singles), and EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana (802 - doubles).

"I took a little extra time during the 10th frame, took some deep breaths, trusted my process, and just let it happen," Foster said.

Foster and doubles partner Clay Rees of Lehi, Utah, finished with 1,383, which put them inside the top 50 in Regular Doubles. Kyle Krol of Tinley Park, Illinois, and Kyle Damon of Orland Park, Illinois, lead Regular Doubles with 1,522.

The 804 during doubles put Foster at 1,466 for all-events with singles still to come. That meant that Foster still had an outside chance at running down the 2,241 put up by Regular All-Events leader Brian Waliczek of Frankenmuth, Michigan.

It wasn't meant to be, however, as Foster simply couldn't maintain the momentum. He shot 589 during singles to finish with 2,055, which put him just inside the top 125 in Regular All-Events.

"Honestly, during singles I was sort of coming down off the high of what just happened, and the lanes just transitioned to something that I'm not that good at," said Foster, who posted 662 in team. "I just needed to trust the ball and get it right, and that's one of the weaknesses in my game."

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