We’re so excited to introduce you to our new Storm Team Member, Tony Rodriguez Jr. He will be a Field Correspondent for Storm throughout the summer on the PBA50 Tour. Tony and his wife, Lisa, are both retired and have always enjoyed traveling and meeting new people. Tony has always dreamed of bowling full-time on tour and his family encouraged him to follow his dreams. Tony, his wife and his son are hitting the road for the summer in their RV to bowl all the stops on the PBA50 Tour. Along the way, Tony will be sharing updates and interviews from the tournaments and be able to give Storm Nation a behind the scenes look at life on the road.

Let’s learn a little more about Tony and his family:

When did you start bowling?

I was 5 years old. My dad was a great bowler back in the day averaging 190 and my mom also bowled as well.
It’s in my blood.

When I was younger, I always told my parents, I wanted to be a Professional Bowler when I grew up.

You’ve told us how important your family is to you. Tell us a little about your family.

Lisa & I have been together since 1980.  We met at a bowling center and got married in 1983. I have a special needs son Tony who is 33 years old. He bowls all of the Pro-Ams on the road. Everyone calls him the Professional Pro-Am Bowler.  I have a daughter Teddie who is 31 years old and she met her husband Ronnie at a bowling center. So, we are a true bowling family.

Your wife Lisa and your family pushed you to go out on the PBA50 Tour? How much does this experience mean to you?

When I retired two and a half years ago I knew I wanted to try the tour. Lisa was 100% behind the idea.  I’m truly blessed with her.  My parents Tony & Dolores said they would help me in the finance department so with their help my dream came true.

What’s your favorite bowling memory?

When I finished in 6th place in the 2017 USBC Senior Masters and of course my first PBA50 Regional Title in 2011.

What’s your favorite part about traveling and seeing different parts of the county through bowling?

We love meeting and seeing new people.  When we drove back east this year, everyone was so nice.  At the first stop in Florida we knew about 3 bowlers. After the last stop for us in Mooresville, we’ve made so many new friends. It’s such a family feeling out on tour, since we have the RV we park with other bowlers and we get really close with them.

What’s a place that you’ve never been that you’re excited to be able to visit while on tour?

New York next year for sure!!!!

What’s your favorite Storm Bowling Ball in your bag right now?

SonIQ & Code Black

What advice do you have for other people who might be considering joining the PBA50 Tour?

Just do it, you don’t want any regrets.

When I’m sitting in my rocking chair, I’m going to be watching some of the young kids on tour now bowling the PBA50 tour and I’ll be thinking, I remember watching them on the kid’s tour.  I’ll be ok with that because I followed my dream.

Follow all of Tony’s updates on the Storm Bowling Facebook page and his page here.