As the 2018 PWBA season winds down with one last event, the Team Storm and Team Roto Grip ladies are raring to go for the Tour Championship in Richmond, Virginia on September 16.

After 13 events, our staffers have acquired 5 wins (3 coming in the last month), 26 top 5 finishes, and 45 top 10s on the remarkably talented PWBA Tour.

Danielle McEwan, Liz Johnson, Bryanna Cote, Rocio Restrepo, Kelly Kulick, and Lindsay Boomershine will head to Richmond feeling rested and ready for one last chance at coveted title in the unique Tour Championship season finale.

DANIELLE MCEWAN–  As the #2 ranked bowler on the PWBA, her year has been solid from start to finish and she’s not slowing down.  After a third place finish in the Players Championship, she headed home for a full week (a rare thing for Danielle) to rest and recharge and is headed to Sweden for the Lucky Larsen Masters tournament.

HIGHLIGHT– “The highlight of my summer so far has been winning in Fountain Valley. At the beginning of the season, my grandma was sick and in and out of the hospital. This was obviously very difficult as myself, my mom, and my grandma are very close. My win in Fountain Valley was the day before Mother’s Day, so even though a win alone would be a highlight for the summer, the fact I was able to dedicate it for them and have my grandma home to watch on the computer really made it so much more special,” McEwan said.

FITNESS– “Once I knew the change in schedule that would take place this season, I knew I would have to increase my fitness routine to be ready. In the few weeks before the season started, I doubled everything that I normally do, which would put my body in the situation that I would be in every weekend, competing for 10+ hours a day. I would wake up in the morning and go to the gym and do cardio, then I would go practice all afternoon. I would then take a break and eat and then go back to the gym at night and lift. I did a ton of work in the gym focusing on my legs, back, and core. I saw such a different in my performance in those first few events because of this. In the past, after a long day on the lanes, I would feel a little sore or tired in my legs or back. After competing 30 games in a weekend, I felt fine and was ready to go. The one thing I would like to improve on next year would be how to maintain this during the season. Obviously once the season started, I was not able to keep up with this grueling of a training schedule. So, on the flip side, I felt it at the end of the season when my body started getting that sore and tired feeling back.”

DANIELLE’S EQUIPMENT– “Some of my favorite balls this summer have been the Sure Lock, Code Black, Show Off, and Hyroad Nano. My win in Fountain Valley was with the Sure Lock. Mike DeVaney had the idea to drill it going into day two of competition and it worked perfectly. The Show Off was the ball that helped me lead in Connecticut and make the show in Louisville. The Code Black and Hyroad Nano were two of my benchmarks for almost every event throughout the season.”

LIZ JOHNSON– After having captured 2 titles in the month of August, Liz Johnson will head to Sweden for the Lucky Larsen Masters to stay at a competitive level before the Tour Championship.  “I’ll have a few days at home when I return from Sweden before I drive to Richmond and I will clean up my equipment and choose my arsenal for the tournament.”

HIGHLIGHT– “The highlight of my summer so far was winning the Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles with EJ Tackett.  I have bowled the event for 17 years, finished second twice and really look forward to it each year.  One of my very best friends, Donna Conners does an amazing job all year to make this event the most popular with all of the bowlersand it was very special to win it finally.”

LIZ’S EQUIPMENT– “The balls I threw the most this summer were my trusty IQ Tours, my Phaze II, Idol, and Intense Fire the last few weeks. I won the Luci Doubles throwing an Idol on one lane and the Hustle Ink on the other”, she added about her arsenal.

BRYANNA COTÉ– With 3 TV final appearances including 2 as the #1 seed, 2018 has been a career best for Bryanna.  “The highlight of my summer was winning the GoBowling.com 10K Challenge and making it back to the Tour Championship. Between now and the Tour Championship, I’ll be at home bowling some local tournaments on sport conditions and spending time in the gym to get ready,” she said.  Being strong and fit is a big key on the PWBA where the format includes 18 games a day at some tournaments.  “Weightlifting and cardio are keys to maintaining the stamina to bowling 16-18 games in one day. If my body wasn’t physically strong enough to endure those long days, I would be done before even starting,” Coté said.

BRY’S EQUIPMENT– “My favorite ball of the summer was the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused. I drilled three of them, all with difference purposes. To me, this ball can be utilized for many conditions. I have a pin down one with surface for fresh conditions, then a pin up with surface to ball down to when the pin down reads too early. And finally, I have a shiny pin down one that I’m able to use when the lanes break down later in the blocks. My most recent favorite is the Roto Grip Winner. I used this at the PWBA Player’s Championships on some tough conditions and it allowed me to be left and provided enough down lane motion to continue through the pins.”

OFF THE LANES FUN– “My roommate, Sydney Brummett, and I had a lot of fun. We went to Sea World in Orlando, shopping at outlets and of course, fun just being ourselves in our hotel room. With the long days, you must make sure you have fun and not let bad thoughts cross your mind, especially if bowling didn’t go as planned. Try to leave it on the lanes and move on to something else. Retail therapy is my favorite!”

ROCIO RESTREPO – The grueling schedule of the PWBA Tour can certainly take a toll on even the fittest athletes.  Rocio had a couple challenging weeks in the middle of the season that tested her fortitude. She started feeling run down and weak and spent some days off in the hospital.  After her trip home to Colombia and regaining her strength, she captured the BowlerX.com PWBA Twin Cities Open in week 11, backed that up with another TV show the next week in Columbus and ended with a solid 13thplace finish at the Players Championship.  She has strength and momentum heading into Richmond.

HIGHLIGHT– “Highlight of my season was coming back from a devastating 4 last weeks of the regular events and putting together a good performance although I was spending my days off at the hospital. I did not know I had that kind of strength and it put my whole bowling career into perspective. I found a player I did not know I had.”

ROCIO’S EQUIPMENT– “My favorite balls this summer were the Idol, Code Red, Hyper Cell Fused and the Halo.”

FITNESS– “One thing I learned is don’t overdo it on the days we have off. That was a bad idea for me. I tried practicing too much and working out. I did not get my rest. I do believe cardio is important but staying strong and just maintaining it while competing by just going through the motions and stretching and sleeping while you can.”

OFF THE LANES FUN– “The most fun I had was being able to go home and see my parents and compete for my country.  Also, being able to come back and win on a pattern I had never made a show on was the highlight of my career.”

KELLY KULICK – There’s something to be said for peaking at the right time and Kelly is doing just that. Last week’s performance at the Players Championship was her best showing of the year and if the pins had fallen a little differently, she might have just brought that trophy home to New Jersey but proudly settled for a respectable 2nd place finish. “It’s the best I bowled on TV in a long time and I left nothing on the table,” Kelly said.

KELLY’S EQUIPMENT– “2 balls I used a lot this season were the Code X and Intense Fire. The Code X was smooth and continuous for me while the Intense Fire was clean and provided a strong motion in the back portion of the lane. I also was impressed with the Idol. I would really like to drill more of them and will always carry one in my arsenal. I still have some old favorites. The Phaze 2 is still a ball I have faith and trust in. Finally, the Hustle Ink. Such a great ball for its price point. Nice to have a higher RG with solid cover that hits.”

FITNESS – “I don’t mind longer formats, I just need more recovery time due to my age. Physically, I am the strongest I’ve ever been. I plan to find more nutrient options while bowling (example: energy gels for bicyclists, oatmeal, BCAA, carb loading).  Many times, I ate healthy during competition but lacked more carbs for energy. I worry about weight gain, but I need to sacrifice to have the strength and energy to compete. Also, more recovery tools…aka, stretching, Epsom salt in baths after qualifying, more vitamin intake, and again, food consumption.”

DISAPPOINTMENTS– “I still miss sharing my highs and lows with my mother. She was my one phone call every time I was done. Hearing her voice kept me calm and put life in perspective. I miss her. It wasn’t a great season in terms of performance, but I truly believe we are always learning and can apply it to future experiences. I will work harder this year to be prepared for the 2019 season.”

LINDSAY BOOMERSHINE– With 3 Top 5 finishes in 2018 along with many ups and downs, the roller coaster continued for Lindsay when she had a huge week at the Players Championship, leading qualifying, making the show and finishing 5th but falling one spot short of the Tour Championship.  But 2 days later, she received a call from PWBA Tournament Director, Tennelle Milligan only to say that Shayna Ng, from Singapore declined her spot in the season ender which allowed Lindsay the final position and now she’s headed to Richmond.

HIGHLIGHT– “Making 3 shows and growing as a player and a person. Having my son Aiden has made me look at things in a different way. I hope he watches my shows and says I want to love what I do and be as successful as my mother. Plus, I made the Tour Championship after all!”

EQUIPMENT– “My most important balls this summer were the Code X, Dare Devil Danger, Intense Fire, Dare Devil Trick, Dare Devil, Phaze II. Storm and Roto Grip have the best line of equipment to allow me to perform my best!”

MOTIVATION– “Looking back and reflecting on this season has been amazing! My son, husband, and just extreme motivation thrive me for success. I believe in myself more than ever!”

For more information about the upcoming PWBA events visit PWBA.com and be sure to watch the ladies LIVE from Richmond on Bowl TV.