The PWBA Hall of Fame Returns in Wichita

Three members of Team Storm were inducted into the Professional Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in Wichita, Kansas. Wendy Macpherson and Leanne Hulsenberg were inducted into the 2019 PWBA Hall of Fame in the Performance category and Donna Conners was selected for the Meritorious Service/Builder category. They were the first class to join the PWBA Hall of Fame since 2003. In addition, Anne Marie Duggan, who was elected to the PWBA Hall of Fame in 2003 when the PWBA Tour ceased operations, received special recognition at the ceremony.

We asked the new Team Storm PWBA Hall of Fame to share some of their favorite events to bowl in and some wisdom that they have learned throughout their bowling careers.

Donna K. Conners

  • Founder and executive director of the annual Professional Bowlers Association (PBA)/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament
  • A USBC Silver Coach
  • 2012 USBC Joyce Deitch Unity Award Winner
  • Member of the Houston and Texas Bowling Halls of Fame
  • Won seven PWBA Regional titles
  • Co-owner of Carol Norman's Pro Shop

Favorite Tournament:

Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles!

Because it is very close to my heart! It’s great to see that many talented players under one roof.

Favorite Player:

Liz Johnson

Because she is one of the greatest players on the planet.

Favorite Quote:

"Grab your balls and Save the Ta Ta’s!"

One Lesson That You Learned From The Sport of Bowling:

Don’t quit the day before you succeed!

Something That You Hope the Next Generation Learns:

Find happiness in the journey and never give up on your dream!

Wendy Macpherson

  • 20 Career titles including 6 majors (3 USBC Queens, 2 Sam’s Town Invitationals, 1 US Open)
  • Youngest (18 years old) to capture the U.S. Women's Open title in 1986
  • Youngest (22 years old) to capture the triple crown
  • 1 PBA Women’s Series title (2009 Earl Anthony Medford Open)
  • 10 Japanese Professional Bowling Association titles
  • 4-time PWBA Player of the Year (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000)
  • 5-time USBC Women’s Championships titlist (1994, 2007 All-Events, 2000, 2002, 2004 Team)

Favorite Tournament:

WIBC now USBC Queens...It is a tournament where your goal is to remain in the winner bracket and the matches are so exciting.

Favorite Player:

Carolyn Dorin Ballard

Her work ethics are top notch.

Favorite Quote:

"There's always tomorrow."

One Lesson That You Learned From The Sport of Bowling:

Patience. Patience in competing and patience in life. It all works together.

Something That You Hope the Next Generation Learns:

Respect. Starting with respecting parents, family and authority. Respect of people and things.

Leanne Hulsenberg

  • 27 PWBA Titles including 2 major titles (1-USBC Queens, 1-US Women's Open)
  • 3-time USBC Women’s Championships titlist (2005 Classic Singles, 2006 Classic Doubles, 2007 Classic Team)
  • 12-time Bowlers Journal All-American and 1-Time member of Team USA in 2012
  • Inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame in 2008
  • 1990, 1991 and 2002 PWBA Player of the Year (First bowler to capture back-to-back PWBA Player of the Year honors)
  • 100+ TV appearances

Favorite Tournament:

My favorite all time tournament is the US Open. Tradition. Big fields. Long format and very prestigious. I led the US Open in 1991 by 400 pins but lost in the finals and I have also had many top fives so when I finally won it in Dallas Cowboy Stadium in 2011, it really meant a lot to me.

Favorite Player:

Parker Bohn III

He is a true professional who I admire not only for his bowling achievements but for the way he acts on and off the lanes.

Favorite Quote:

"Do unto others as they would do unto you."

I have always prided myself on being a very respectful competitor. There is always someone who was better than others each week but that didn't mean they were better than others. We all were out there each week, working hard, traveling and doing the same things.

One Lesson That You Learned From The Sport of Bowling:

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal. it is the courage to continue that counts."

I don't remember all the tournaments I have bowled but I sure do remember all the fun times we had each week.

Something That You Hope the Next Generation Learns:

My wish for this generation of the PWBA is that the tour grows and that the young talented bowlers will always have something to aspire to be. I hope the PWBA is around for a long time to come.

Learn more about all of our Storm Athletes and learn more about the players who are part of our Hall of Fame Staff by visiting this page.


STORM ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL BOWLING PARTNER OF 2019 WEBER CUP

Storm Products Inc. is excited to partner with Matchroom Multi Sport to be the Official Bowling Partner of the 2019 Weber Cup, which takes place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center, Las Vegas from June 18-21.

The 20th staging of the annual transatlantic tenpin tussle will see America as defending champions against a European team desperate to get their hands back on the trophy they lost to Chris Barnes’ side last summer.

The US team features Storm athlete Kyle Troup, while Europe line-up with Storm’s Jesper Svensson and Osku Palermaa, who returns to the team for the first time since 2015 to make his seventh Weber Cup appearance.

“It is a great honor for Storm to now be associated with the Weber Cup as the Official Bowling Partner," said Dave Symes, President of Storm Products.  "Storm has a long history of investing in competitive bowling and we couldn't be more pleased to support the continued tradition of this event."

Emily Frazer, COO of Matchroom Multi Sport, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Storm as we bring the Weber Cup stateside for the first time. Having Storm on board for this year’s event gives us a great chance to work together to grow the Weber Cup and the sport of bowling and we are looking forward to a successful event at Mandalay Bay this June.”

The Weber Cup has a global TV reach and will be shown live in over 100 countries around the world. Sky Sports will air the event in the UK and news of a US broadcaster will be announced shortly. The Weber Cup is the ‘Ryder Cup of Bowling’ and sees four-man teams from the USA and Europe competing in a mixture of singles, doubles and ‘baker’ matches.

Barnes returns to lead Team USA, with Troup, Anthony Simonsen and Jakob Butturff also representing the Stars and Stripes. Dominic Barrett captains Europe with Svensson and Palmeraa joined by Stuart Williams on the team.

Weber Cup XX takes place at Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas this June 18-21. Tickets are on sale now at www.webercup.com.

About Storm Products, Inc.
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Thank You StormNation

Thank you for all your support. Our IQ Tour 20 sold out in less than 24 hours.

Storm joined forces with recent PWBA Hall of Fame inductee, Donna Conners, to initiate our 2019 Paint the Lanes Pink™ campaign by offering 300 Limited-Edition !Q Tour 20™  bowling balls. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to continue the fight on Breast Cancer.

In recent years, Storm Co-Founders, Bill and Barbara Chrisman, have led Storm to produce a limited number of High-Performance Pink bowling balls to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. In a recent visit to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, researchers said that these annual contributions are truly creating an impact in the fight against cancer and the research lab is expanding. These donations wouldn’t be possible without the support of the bowling community and your continued support of Storm.

The 2019 version of the #PTLP Ball, a beautiful Pink and Black !Q Tour 20 bowling ball is a joint venture between Storm and X Out Breast Cancer to help celebrate the 20thAnniversary of the famous Striking Against Breast Cancer Bowling Tournament held in Houston, TX in late July. The “Luci”, as the touring players refer to it, is the world’s largest and most popular Mixed Doubles Tournament in the world. The brain child of newly inducted PWBA Hall of Famer, Donna Conners, the Luci represents the power of coming together in fellowship for a cause. The biggest stars on the PBA and PWBA tours joined forces with top amateurs around the world to via for the coveted championship in a sold-out field each season. Though Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in October, our 2019 campaign launched early to ensure the !Q Tour 20 balls will be available for the event in July.

An exclusive club of 300 supporters will lay claim to one of these Limited-Edition !Q Tour 20 bowling balls. Each bowling ball will be hand crafted in Brigham City, Utah and shipped free of charge to those bowlers in the continental U.S. (international shipping rates will apply). The Chrismans have elected to donate all the manufacturing costs to ensure the full $90,000 raised will go towards helping someone in the future.

Thanks again for your generous support. Together we are making a difference!


2019 USBC Open Championships - Strategy and Equipment

The 2019 USBC Open Championships are in full swing! Every year presents a new challenge and our team at Storm want to provide bowlers with as much information as possible to tackle the gritty and sometimes perplexing lane conditions that the Open Championships offers to its competitors. I’d like to take a quick second to clarify all of my remarks are strictly my opinions based on my observations while onsite at the tournament. I have no insider information or access to anything that is not public.

With that said, let us dive into what I believe are the keys to success at this year’s tournament.

TEAM EVENT:

The team event hosted on the surface of the South Point Bowling Plaza seems similar to the short pattern that we have experienced the last two years. The pattern visually offers no hold with extremely dry back-ends. As with previous years, consorted shot making does stretch the pattern and make it more playable, if, done correctly. I watched many teams employ different strategies all with varying levels of success. Here is my belief on how to best play them based on my observations.

During practice, the right handers should use sanded resin and play up 2-3-4 ensuring angles are extremely straight through the fronts. I would employ this strategy on the left but have the left handers go up 8-9-10, keeping angles very straight through the fronts. Once practice ends, bowlers can expect to be around 12-15 at the arrows throwing to 5-7 down lane, this would be in play for most of game 1. Depending on how quick transition occurs, I can foresee players getting into 16-19 at the arrows, getting the ball no further right of 10 down lane at the range finders. On the left, I feel that bowlers should be between 14-17 at the arrows after practice, getting the ball no further left of 10 down lane at the range finders. When it comes to moving in on both sides, I would exercise caution in not allowing your angles to get too far open, I believe balling down into weaker covers and/or less core is the way to go as the event progresses. Once again, I will clarify all the above remarks that they are only a guide based on my observations, pair to pair topography may dictate changes to this strategy.

Equipment for Team Event:

In my mind, there are really two ways to go. The first being to use a very big/strong ball (Crux Prime, Halo) with a 2-inch pin and a smooth surface (2000/3000). Deploying this tactic will slow the response of the ball at the end of the oil pattern. There appears visually to be very little taper at the end of the pattern with it being back loaded with large volumes of oil, bowlers need to ensure that their equipment makes a very slow and smooth transition to elongate their break point window making their reaction less susceptible to this oil down lane and lack of taper in the pattern. A ball like this in my eyes depending on traffic, rev rate and topography would be suitable for most of game 1. Bowlers could then begin to shell and core down as the lanes transitioned while trying to stay in the same relative zone of the lane.

The other strategy would be to deploy a medium rg with low differential ball (Hustle Ink, Hustle HYB, !Q Tour Solid or an Idol) and use a longer pin (5.5 inches-6 inches) with a smooth cover (2000). A good tip is to place the CG at 90 degrees from the pin. This will give the bowler length while not sacrificing losing the lane and/or make it tougher to blow through the break point while providing a very smooth and controllable back end reaction. A bowler could definitely elect to use a 2-inch pin on one of these types of balls as well. I feel the transitional moves are for the most part in balling down and not making large moves in on the lane.

Once again, these are simply my observations, I have certainly been incorrect in the past, but have also been very right many times. I’d add one final clarification about equipment, depending on the bowler, many of balls in the Storm and Roto Grip lineup could be a better fit than the previously mentioned, this is just simply a guide.

See your local Storm VIP Pro Shop or talk with our professionals at the Storm booth onsite at the tournament to get the equipment that will best fit your game, as no bowler is exactly alike.

MINORS (Doubles/Singles)

I really feel surface can hurt you here. I know it may seem counter-intuitive to many bowlers, but I really believe that bowlers need to use smooth surfaces and avoid burning up the fronts in minors. Due to the ball motion I witnessed, I would imagine that the pattern is back loaded with little taper front to back (seems to be a recurring theme). Blowing a hole in the fronts really accentuates the large amount of oil that appears to be down lane and can trap everyone on the pair. In minors, depending on topography, I feel you need to start between 13-16, getting the ball no further right than 10 down lane at the range finders. The left I feel can follow suit here. Once again angles through the front are very important, they need to be slightly open, so as the set progresses, be mindful of making too big of moves towards the middle of the lane and use your arsenal to ball down and stay within the same zone. Depending on the topography of the pair, bowlers may be able to start further outside of the above-mentioned area. Once again, let your eyes be your ultimate guide. This is in no way set in stone.

 EQUIPMENT FOR MINORS:
I’m of the opinion that hybrids and pearls are the way to go here, but I think that bigger cores are needed to help with the length and volume of the pattern. The big key is to use slower ball speed, rotation, axis tilt and softer hands to get the ball to read the right way and continue through the pins properly. I really cannot stress that enough, due to the construction of the pattern, you need a good amount of axis tilt to help keep the ball on line, axis tilt will allow you to play straighter angles which I feel are imperative to being successful. Balls that I feel are great candidates for minors: (in no particular order but in the current Storm and Roto Grip arsenal): Halo Pearl, Hyper Cell Fused, Hy-Road, Idol Pearl, Phase 2, !Q Tour Solid, Intense Fire. Bowlers will need a ball, possibly two at the most (in most cases) to ball down to. It is important to make sure they have smooth covers (2000, 3000, 4000 or 2000 with a small amount of polish). I’d recommend bowlers use pin placements that will offer them length without creating a violent reaction down lane, due to the limited amount of boards that will need to be covered.

Again, if you have questions about your arsenal visit your nearest Storm VIP Pro Shop or talk to the professionals at the Storm Booth to help determine what will work best for your game!

PHYSICAL CUES TO FOCUS ON:

  • Slower ball speed
  • Increased axis tilt
  • Increased rotation
  • Soft and smooth hand at release point

MENTAL CUES TO FOCUS ON:

  • Be prepared to be challenged and make excellent shots
  • Take one shot at a time and focus on your process, not your outcome
  • Enjoy the trip with your teammates and have fun while competing with your friends
  • Be optimistic, open minded, and let your eyes be your guide


To conclude, I want to thank Storm for allowing me to represent them on and off the lanes and give me the opportunity to help our bowlers succeed. If you need help locating a pro shop, try our Pro Shop Locator. If you want a few more tips, check out the video our Tech Team provided for the event HERE.

And always remember to BOWL UP A STORM!


Meet the 2019 Storm All-American Team

The talent at the Storm Youth Championships (SYC) is always impressive. In February, our Storm All-American Team was named. The top two bowlers in each division at the Storm Youth Championships - Las Vegas event were named to the Storm All-American Team.

Today, we want to introduce you to these impressive youth bowlers and share some fun facts about them.

2019 Storm All-American Team

U12 Team Members:

Elias O'Hollaren

Road to the All-American Team:

Elias earned his first SYC title at his first SYC event in Las Vegas.

Hometown: San Diego

Favorite Bowling Center: Kearny Mesa Bowl

High Game/ High Series: 286 / 785

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Animal: Whales

Favorite Athlete: Nolan Aranado

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Chocolate

How often do you practice: 5 times a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: 15

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is the Open Pattern

What do you want to be when you grow up?  IDK

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball?  Phaze II

 

Sebastian Huffman

Road to the All-American Team:

Sebastian has earned one SYC title and this is his second year on the Storm All-American Team.

Nickname: Sebass

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Favorite Bowling Center: Gameworks

High Game/ High Series: 300/786

Favorite Food: Pasta

Favorite Animal: Dog

Favorite Athlete: James Harden

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

How often do you practice: 5-7 days a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: I met a lot of new friends. All of the people at SYC are so kind and such great bowlers. Everyone in the Storm family makes feel like I can be a great bowler.

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC: 

My favorite part of SYC is all the rounds of qualifying. The people that I get paired up with are so kind and are such great friends.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional Athlete/ Bowler

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Phaze II

 

Katelyn Abigania

Road to the All-American Team:

Katelyn earned her first SYC title at the Las Vegas event.

Nickname: Kat

Hometown: Sand Diego, CA

Favorite Bowling Center: South Point Arena

High Game/ High Series: 290/743

Favorite Food: Chicken Adobo

Favorite Animal: Dogs

Favorite Athlete: Daria Pajak

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Rasberry Sorbet

How often do you practice: Once a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: I made at least a dozen new friends

What is your favorite part of the SYC?

My favorite part of the SYC is bringing out the best of everyone and winning.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Lawyer or Professional Bowler

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? IQ Tour Nano

 

Avery Domaguin

Road to the All-American Team:

Avery has earned one SYC title.

Nickname: A

Hometown: San Diego

Favorite Bowling Center: South Point Bowling Stadium

High Game/ High Series: 266/747

Favorite Food: 619 Burrito

Favorite Animal: Dog

Favorite Athlete: Daria Pajak

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Chocolate

How often do you practice: 1-3 Per Week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: 5

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is meeting new people/kids and making new friends. And the competition is fun and exciting.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Veterinarian or a Teacher/PWBA member

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? PhysiX

 

U15 Team Members

Alexander Horton

Road to the All-American Team:

Alexander has earned one SYC title.

Nickname: Alex

Hometown: Douglassville

Favorite Bowling Center: Limerick Bowl

High Game/ High Series: 300/792

Favorite Food: Cheesesteak

Favorite Animal: Black Panther

Favorite Athlete: Kevin Durant

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Butter Pecan

How often do you practice: 3 Days a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: Around 10 new people. I made friends with some of the people on my pair during competition as well as practice. I also got to see some old friends that I do not see very often.

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

After the practice sessions are over and the final night before competition begins. This is fun because you get to play around with friends as well as members of the Storm staff.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional Bowler

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Storm Prodigy

 

Ashton Yamasaki

Road to the All-American Team:

Ashton has earned two SYC titles.

Nickname: No

Hometown: Portland, OR

Favorite Bowling Center: National Bowling Stadium

High Game/ High Series: 300/778

Favorite Food: Yakisoba Noodles

Favorite Animal: Turtle

Favorite Athlete: Chris Warren

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Chocolate

How often do you practice: Everyday

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: I have met around 50 new friends at the SYC

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part is the social aspect of the tournament because everyone is friendly and extremely nice.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional Bowler

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Alpha Crux

 

Saphyre Nofuente

Road to the All-American Team:

Saphyre has earned two SYC titles.

Nickname: No

Hometown: Rocklin

Favorite Bowling Center: All of them

High Game/ High Series: 296/727

Favorite Food: Depends on the weather

Favorite Animal: Wolf

Favorite Athlete: Rocio Restrepo

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Coffee

How often do you practice: 4 to 5 times a week depending on scheduled tournament

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: 10

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is the activities outside of the bowling.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I don’t know yet I’m only 13

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Hy-Road

 

Samantha Conti

Road to the All-American Team:

Nickname: Sammy

Hometown: Henderson

Favorite Bowling Center: Strike Zone

High Game/ High Series: 300/793

Favorite Food: Pasta

Favorite Animal: Sea Horse

Favorite Athlete: Josie Barnes

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Vanilla

How often do you practice: Every day

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: So many, I lost count!

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is the friendships you make along the way!

What do you want to be when you grow up? Psychologist

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Sure Lock

 

U20 Team Members:

Spencer Robarge

Road to the All-American Team:

Spencer has earned four SYC titles.

Nickname: Spence

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri

Favorite Bowling Center: The National Bowling Stadium and Stardust Lanes

High Game/ High Series: 300 (21)/ 847 (8 800’s)

Favorite Food: Chicken Fettucine

Favorite Animal: Blake the Bowling Dog

Favorite Athlete: Rhino Page

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Chocolate

How often do you practice: Everyday

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: 5

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

Meeting new friends, the fun activities that go along with the SYC's, the competition on the challenging patterns, the format of the tournament and seeing my Storm family.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional bowler and bowling center proprietor

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? I have 3. IQ Tour, Roto Grip Asylum, and the Fire Road

Cerell Cardines

Road to the All-American Team:

Nickname: Snorlax

Hometown: Niskayuna, New York

Favorite Bowling Center: South Point Bowling Plaza

High Game/ High Series: 300/863

Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese

Favorite Animal: Panda

Favorite Athlete: Jason Belmonte

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

How often do you practice: 3-4 days a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: Immeasurable, no matter who you talked to (bowlers, parents, staff, director, etc.), everyone just respected one another and it just created a friendly environment for the tournament.

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

Meeting a lot of new faces and being able to enjoy every single moment of SYC.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional Bowler/Physical Therapist

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Belmo Spare Ball (Even though I don’t have one)

 

Mabel Cummins

Road to the All-American Team:

Mabel has earned four SYC titles.

Nickname: Mabes

Hometown: Elburn, IL

Favorite Bowling Center: Southpoint Plaza

High Game/ High Series: 300/823

Favorite Food: Apples

Favorite Animal: Dog

Favorite Athlete: Norm Duke

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream:  Mint Chocolate Chip

How often do you practice: 4 days a week, (tournaments on weekends) split between lane drills/bowling at a center/working out

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: So many! Spending 2 full days together is a great way to get to know the people on your pair :)

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

Besides meeting new people, competing! The SYC is a great way to get experience on tough conditions against the best bowlers.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Forensic Pathologist

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Hustle Ink

 

Jennifer Loredo

Road to the All-American Team:

Nickname: J-Lo or Jen

Hometown: Fresno

Favorite Bowling Center:  Bulldog Bowl (Fresno State Bowling Alley)

High Game/ High Series: 300/765

Favorite Food: Steak n Shake (Frisco Melt)

Favorite Animal: Hedgehogs!

Favorite Athlete: Serena Williams

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Cookies n’ Cream

How often do you practice: 4 times a week

How many friends did you make at the SYC: Plenty! Probably 10-15

What is your favorite part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is making new friends and seeing old ones.

What’do you want to be when you grow up?: Lawyer

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? !Q Tour Edition

 


Jason Belmonte Wins 2019 PBA DHC Japan Invitational

Jason Belmonte won the DHC PBA Japan Invitational at Tokyo Port Bowl on Sunday for his fourth title of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season. This was his 22nd career title.

“I’ve traveled to Japan to bowl for fifteen years and I’ve never won,” Belmonte said in the PBA Release. “Winning in front of the Japanese crowd means a lot; I’m very honored.

Team Storm's Tour Representative, Tim Mack, was on site to help our Team Storm players with their arsenal all week long. During qualifying, Mack woke up with an idea for a drill and layout for Belmonte. They decided to drill the Exclusive Marvel Strike an international release which helped him through the end of the tournament into the stepladder finals.

On the TV pair, Belmonte chose to throw an original Hy-Road and Hy-Road Pearl to ultimately defeat Jakob Butturff 224-213.

Coverage of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour Season continues on Monday with the PBA Playoffs at 9 pm EDT on FS1.


A New PWBA Tour Season Begins

The 2019 PWBA season kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio this weekend and the ladies of Team Storm and Roto Grip are prepped and ready for a spring and summer filled with travel and trophies.

“I am very excited to get the 2019 PWBA season underway! Many of our returning PWBA staff have been steadfast in perfecting their craft during this off season. Our staff has been more diligent and focused in their tour preparations than ever before.” PWBA Tour Manager, Mike Devaney said.

PWBA Champions Liz Johnson (24 titles), Kelly Kulick (6 titles), Danielle McEwan (4 titles), Rocio Restrepo (4 titles), Bryanna Cote (1 title), Diandra Asbaty (1 title), and Elysia Current (1 title) will be looking to add more titles to their resume while our stable of non-champions will be striving for that thrilling first PWBA title.

“My goal for this season is to execute the process of performing.  My experience and athleticism build my overall confidence. Knowing that, I am capable of winning every week!”

– Kelly Kulick, newly elected USBC Hall of Famer and PWBA Champion

The Rookie of the Year race on the PWBA Tour will be a competitive one this season and Team Storm has four very talented young ladies aiming to win that honor.  Collegiate standouts, Gazmine Mason (University of Nebraska), Katelyn Simpson (University of Pikeville), Jackie Evans (Monmouth University) and Julia Bond (University of Nebraska) will be taking what they learned in their collegiate careers to the next level as full-time traveling PWBA Players.

“We have a group of first and second-year players who I am anxious to see compete on a more regular basis. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with these players. To support players who are reaching for their dreams and seeing them actually realize those dreams gives you a very gratifying feeling.” PWBA Tour Manager, Mike Devaney said.

Some of these rookie players shared their goals for the season and gave us a glimpse into their mindset for the summer.

Gazmine Mason, a Collegiate All-American, was invited to participate in the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitationals in February and won the Mini-Clash. She’s been diligently practicing and bowling tournaments to prepare for her first year on tour.

“My goal for the season is to win one title and qualify for the Road to Richmond Tour Championship.”

– Gazmine Mason, PWBA Rookie

Katelyn Simpson has been working toward her MBA at the University of Pikeville and will graduate in May. She served as a graduate assistant for two years sharing some of her knowledge on the lanes with younger athletes. Now, she’s ready to test her skills on tour.

“My goal for this year is to learn as much as possible, be consistent in making cuts, and if things fall into place, I’d like a shot at Rookie of the Year.”

– Katelyn Simpson, PWBA Rookie

Competing part-time on tour this summer will be Hall of Famers Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (20 titles), Tish Johnson (25 titles), and Leanne Hulsenberg (27 titles).  Leanne is also being inducted into the PWBA Hall of Fame on May 15 in Wichita before the USBC Queens competition begins along with fellow Team Storm members, Wendy Macpherson and Donna Conners.

Photo Credit: USBC

The PWBA season begins April 25. The ladies will travel to 14 events including 4 majors, the USBC Queens, the U.S. Open, the PWBA Players Championship and the PWBA Tour Championship to end the season.  Visit PWBA.com for more information.

Click here to learn more about Team Storm and Team Roto Grip.


Gonzalez Wins Bowlero Elite Series

The first event of the Bowlero Elite Series aired Tuesday, April 9, where eight pros faced eight Bowlero League Bowlers for more than $500,000 in prizes. In the final match Team Storm PBA player, Kyle Troup, faced amateur, Luis Gonzalez, who recently joined our Storm Staff. In a close title match, Gonzalez defeated Troup 237 - 226 to take home the title and $270,000.

“This win brought out a different side of me as a bowler," Gonzalez continued, "This is definitely my favorite win of all time. I have taken a lot in from this tournament win. I have been working on my mental game and this tournament really brought out a spark in me that I did not know was there.”

Gonzalez started bowling at age three in his father’s bowling center. He worked hard throughout his youth career and bowled for his varsity team during high school in Chicago. In his junior year, he led the state of Illinois in average with 226 and finished third individually at the state tournament. After high school, he continued to bowl competitively in tournaments throughout the Midwest and bowls as much as he can. In addition to his commitment to the lanes he also balances a full-time job as a radioactive pharmacy technician at Cardinal Health and has been attending college full time to finish his degree in Business Management.

Gonzalez was encouraged to compete in the tournament by the General Manager at Bowlero River Grove. He qualified for the Bowlero Elite Series by submitting a video about why he should be chosen to compete in the event. He was chosen to be one of the eight amateurs from across America to participate in the event.

Entering the event Gonzalez said his goals were to stay calm and make it through the first match. He says winning the tournament was his main goal, but he knew that he had to get through his smaller goals to reach his main goal.

As the tournament began, he felt confidence with his preparation and his ball reaction on the lanes. He thought that he’d have a good chance to win some matches.

“The first match of the tournament was a nail biter going into the 10th frame.” Gonzalez said. “My max score going into the 10th was a 278 and my opponents was a 269. I knew I needed a double for the win. After a few deep breaths, I got the double for the win. I believe this win lit a fire in me that I needed to get me through this tournament.”

Throughout the competition Gonzalez chose to throw a Roto Grip IDOL and his trusty Storm Mix stayed by his side. He kept winning matches until he ultimately was named the champion. His family and friends were there to cheer him on and keep him in the moment.

“I couldn't have done this without my family and close friends," Gonzalez said. "They made sure to keep me calm and focused in between matches, which really helped. Seeing my mom in the stands rooting for me and the moment I was able to hug my wife and son after I won was an indescribable feeling that I will never forget.”

 

Though his father who got him into the sport has passed away, he has truly honored his father's legacy by introducing the sport to his son and continuing to compete. Gonzalez will be celebrating this win for a while, but he has a busy spring schedule on the lanes. He has some local tournaments over the next few weekends including the Illinois Masters. In addition, he’ll be traveling to Las Vegas to bowl the Open Championship this summer.

“This experience has been a whirlwind for me, I am still soaking it all in. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent Storm. I am going to take what I learned from this tournament and continue to build myself as a bowler both physically and mentally.”

For more information about the Bowlero Elite Series and to see the final bracket visit their website here.


Jon Harmon "Strikes Gold" in Abu Dhabi

This post was prepared by Storm Ambassador, Tim Cerami.

In August of 2017, we shared the story of Jon Harmon, a bowler from Boise, Idaho that was preparing to travel to Seattle to compete in the 2018 USA Special Olympic games. There, he won a silver medal in men’s singles using a Storm Son!Q donated to him by the Storm Brand Ambassador Team. In 2019, his story continues.

Upon returning home from the Seattle games, Jon got more serious about his game, spending countless hours practicing and preparing for the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. He traveled around the bowling centers in the Boise area looking to experience as many lane conditions as possible.

On March 7, 2019, Jon started his journey to Abu Dhabi along with thousands of other Special Olympics athletes. His mission… bring a gold medal back to the USA and Idaho.

Needless to say, Jon did “strike gold” while in Abu Dhabi.

Bowling with his doubles partner Tyler Baxter, Jon rolled games of 224, 214, 189 with his SON!Q to help win the doubles competition by almost 150 pins. Jon returned to Idaho to a proud community of local bowlers.

Congratulations to Jon and his partner for bringing home the gold.


Prepping For The PWBA Tour

What happens during the months that the PWBA Tour goes on hiatus? What have the pros been up to? What do the Tour Reps do? What goes on when the competition stops?

Bowlers really have no off season.

Throughout the year, there are many events to compete in to prepare for the PWBA tour. Events ranging from local to international events, some even choose to compete against the men on the PBA Tour. Other players have other careers and family responsibilities outside of their PWBA life that they tend to. Some players choose to take some time off to refresh their batteries. Every player seems to do things their own way as there is no right or wrong way.

As the PWBA Tour manager, part of my responsibility is to prepare the Team Storm players to be ready once it is, "go-time." I am in contact with the players weekly, via e-mail, text, social media, phone calls, or in person. I am always available for players to bounce ideas off of, or to suggest technique alterations, equipment recommendations, and for general support.

The demands of being a PWBA caliber player are incredible. The pressure, the risk vs. the reward, dealing with the let downs - it all tests you.

My desire is for players to feel like they are growing as individuals, not only in their bowling life, but in their life outside of bowling.

I believe one of the most important aspects of my job is to guide them on how to properly process an event and what they should focus on.

I wish I applied more of what I preach to these players in my own career, I would have had much more success. Since stepping away from competition and reflecting upon my career, I see many mistakes that I made. How I allowed the small things that really did not matter in the big picture to have an influence on my performance. I made this particular mistake many times. I want nothing more than to steer these players from falling victim to these same mistakes. The old saying, “Can’t see the forest for the trees,” never did make much sense to me…. until now.

The PWBA Tour Season kicks off April 25 in Cleveland, Ohio and Team Storm will be ready! For more information on the upcoming schedule visit pwba.com.