A Walk Down Memory Lane with Pete Weber

Some people might people remember Pete Weber’s historic win in 1991 because of this moment.

As Weber lifted that Eagle above his head, fans watched as it toppled to the ground unexpectedly. The video has been seen numerous times over the years.

However, Weber, who holds the most Men’s US Open titles (5) has a different memory about the road to that moment in 1991.

“I was really struggling during qualifying and his tour rep, John Jowdy, worked with my pushaway and got me to that final cash spot of qualifying.” Weber said.

The next day he woke up, packed up his car and checked out of his hotel room. He didn’t expect to make it to the next round.

“I was bowling well. John came by and watched me and said I was rolling it good. I just had to keep it going,” Weber said. “I ended up getting to 380 pins over and qualified in the last position to make it to the next round.”

Advancing to the next round, Weber then went back to his hotel to get a new room and unpack all his stuff. He got some rest and went back to the bowling center for match play. Each round he kept moving up a few spots and by the end of competition he had earned the last spot on the TV finals.

“The first game on TV was the hardest but I made it through and went on to win," Weber said.

“I went from the last cash spot to winning that year. That doesn’t happen a lot but it sure is a great feeling.”

Fast forward to 2019, and Weber says he’s feeling the best he has all year. He’s getting healthier and thinking clearer.

A pre-tournament qualifier will be held October 23, then 144 competitors including Pete Weber will take to the lanes on October 25. The finals will air live on CBS Sports Network October 30 at 8 pm Eastern.

“I’m feeling very good and I’m looking for good results,” Weber said. “I like Victory Lanes and I really I like the fans in that area. I can’t wait to bowl.”


US OPEN SPOTLIGHT | KYLE TROUP

Between the PBA Summer Swing and International events all around the globe there’s been lots of ways to watch bowling all summer long.

The action continues this fall and the most challenging event of the year, the US Open is a month away! The event kicks off October 23-30 at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, North Carolina and our Team Storm players have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming event. Over the course of the week the players who make it to the TV finals will bowl 56 games on challenging conditions.

If you’re in the area, plan a trip to the US Open and you’ll be able watch the greatest players in the world attack the most demanding event. Victory Lanes, in partnership with the Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau will also be hosting a Pro-Am where fans can bowl with some of their favorite players. There will be two squads and a exclusive Storm VIP Pro-Am on October 24. For more information visit this website. If you're interested in signing up, please contact Victory Lanes at 704-664-2695.

To celebrate the US Open we’ll have several announcements for Storm Fans leading up to the event. We also will be featuring Q&A segments with our Team Storm players, Team Storm Tour Managers, and local celebrities leading up to the event.

Our first spotlight is with Kyle Troup. Kyle grew up 40 minutes from Mooresville in Taylorsville, North Carolina. So far in 2019, he’s 13th in points on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour Point list and 9th on the PBA Summer Tour Point List. He picked up his 12th PBA Regional Title in Fayetteville this summer.

 

Kyle recently stopped by Storm Headquarters to practice between events and shared some fun facts with us.

Nickname:

AfroFish

What is your superstition?

The socks that I wear when I bowl

Please list your favorite song right now?

The Git Up by Blanco Brown

What are the Storm Bowling Balls you refuse to leave at home?

Phaze 2

Alpha Crux

Storm Ice

What's something people might not know about you?

I was a manager at Wendy’s for 7 years.

What are some of the things you are doing to prep for the upcoming US Open?

I’m staying competitive bowling in the WBT Thailand Open and the Storm SamHo Cup.

Also, can’t forget to stay relaxed and play some golf in my free time. Spend some time with my family after traveling during August-September.

Favorite Memory from a Pro-Am

My favorite memory was bowling in my first Pro-Am as a professional with my father Guppy bowling next to me. I grew up bowling Pro-Ams traveling with my father and enjoyed meeting so many professionals and all the fun memories made. To bowl the Pro-Am as the Pro beside my dad and help making fun memories for the kids is something I will never forget. I knew I was meant to do this and be a professional bowler and provide a fun experience for our fans.

 

Stay tuned to the Storm Blog and our Storm Social Media Channels for more features leading up to the 2019 US Open event!

 


The SYC Travels to Wichita

Determination. Dedication. Success. Tradition. Legacy. Excellence.

These are a few words that come to mind when thinking about the bowling community in Wichita, Kansas. Home to bowlers known around the world and collegiate bowling programs that have developed bowlers who have won on every level.

The Storm Youth Championships invited athletes and their families to travel to Wichita to experience the tradition of excellence in this community. A sold-out field filled Northrock Lanes making new friends and knocking down as many pins as they could throughout the weekend. Northrock Lanes is the largest bowling center in the state of Kansas and their staff have hosted a variety of PBA, PWBA, and youth events throughout the years. The DeSocio Family, General Manager, Brent Bowers, and the entire team helped to create a welcoming environment for all the participants and their families. Their support of the SYC made our event run efficiently from start to finish.

The SYC athletes competed in three rounds on three challenging lane conditions designed by KEGEL. Each round consisted of five games and the tournament is composed of five different divisions determined by gender and age (U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, and a U12 Mixed Division).The top three bowlers in each round were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal. After both rounds were complete, the tournament champions in each division based on their total pinfall were awarded the SYC Shield Trophy, a banner, and a gold medal. In addition, the SYC awarded $13,025 in scholarships to the youth bowlers.

L to R: Northrock Lanes Owner Cathy DeSocio, Morgan Nunn, Spencer Robarge, Braden McDonough, Katelyn Abigania, Lucas Hersrud, GM Brent Bowers

The talent at the SYC in every age division is impressive but watching the bowlers in the U12 Division compete with solid fundamentals and a true love for the game is pretty inspiring. These young athletes build friendships on the lanes all weekend that travel beyond the end of the tournament. Braden McDonough averaged 198 for the weekend to capture the top award in the U12 division, his first SYC title. This young man bowled exceptional throughout the weekend but truly excelled on the medium pattern where he bowled games of 266, 225, 207, 236, and 226. Did we mention he is just 11 years old? Blaine Canfield and Bradyn Brogan joined McDonough on the podium for the silver and bronze overall medals.

As these athletes continue to grow and progress, they are eager to learn as much as they can. The athletes in the U15 division illustrate this. The boy’s division was a close race for the overall medals. Lucas Hersrud had a strong showing on the short pattern and stayed consistent through the next two rounds to earn his first SYC title and banner. Bud Sicard earned the silver and Joshua Abigania earned the bronze medal. In the girl’s division, Katelyn Abigania picked up her second SYC title, leading her division by 110 pins. Rachel Moore earned the silver and Jenna Hedgepath joined them on the podium to earn the bronze.

The athletes in the U20 division continue to collect knowledge and experience every time they step on the lanes. In the boy’s division, Spencer Robarge launched the event by rolling games of 247, 269, and 289 for an 805 series. He maintained his lead throughout the weekend and earned his sixth SYC title finishing 267 pins ahead of the sliver medalist, Brandon Bonta. Casen Stickler joined these two young men on the podium earning the bronze medal.

Honor Scores: Morgan Nunn was the only SYC bowler to throw a 300 game and Spencer Robarge bowled an 805 series.

In the girl’s division, Morgan Nunn created some excitement in game two of round three when she delivered 12 perfect strikes to bowl the only 300 game of the event. This was her first perfect game and propelled her to the top of the standings in her division. She kept her nerves under control and finished the block with a 225 average to earn her first SYC title. Raina Davis earned the silver and Melanie Katen earned the bronze in the U20 girl’s division.

In addition to the tournament, bowlers were truly treated to a full program of optional activities on Friday. USBC OC Champion and PBA Champion Matt McNiel hosted a seminar about how technology affects the sport of bowling. He joined 27-time PWBA Champion, Leanne Hulsenberg and 20-time PWBA Champion, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard for a Q&A Segment where youth bowlers and their families could ask questions and learn more about the life of a professional bowler.

Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm Super Son!Q and had the option to have their new ball drilled at Wichita Bowling Supply with Billy Murphy and his staff. Many bowlers took advantage of this option to add this ball to their bags in time for the practice session where all three KEGEL patterns were made available.

L to R: Harley Shene, Blake Martin, David Jepsen, Brooklyn Gagnon

We truly try to feature bowlers throughout the weekend in as many ways possible. Past champions are recognized throughout the weekend and award winners are celebrated. One SYC Bowler, Madi Phillips, volunteered to sing the National Anthem prior to the start of competition. The SYC bowlers were also invited to submit a name for each KEGEL oil pattern prior to the start of competition and were announced at the event. The winners were Harley Shene who named the short pattern Carolyn’s Castle, Blake Martin and David Jepsen who named the medium pattern Keeper of the Plains and Brooklyn Gagnon who named the long pattern, Shockwave.

Our SYC Apparel partners, Logo Infusion, have created the Dan Keegan Scholarship for youth bowlers to earn scholarship to use towards their education throughout the year. The Logo Infusion Team were on site with SYC Gear and awarded two scholarships to SYC athletes based on their sportsmanship throughout the weekend. The winners were Amani Moore and Samuel Calderon.

The SYC Families were also invited to join the coaches from Wichita State University and Newman University for a seminar and Q&A about college bowling. They shared an inside look at the world of college bowling and youth bowlers had the opportunity to ask any questions they could think of. The students of Wichita State University hosted an optional party for the SYC bowlers to attend later that evening. The WSU Team provided games for the SYC bowlers, the bowlers could explore campus and the team set up a booth where the athletes could learn more about college life.

This tournament would not be possible without the generous donation from all of our sponsors, Storm, Roto Grip, Logo Infusion, Kegel, 3G Shoes, Ballard’s Bowling Academy and Bowlers Journal International. Families were able to learn more about all of our sponsors throughout the event. Storm and the Ballard’s Bowling Academy partnered to host a BBA Surface Maintenance Center in the player’s room so that the athletes could clean and prepare their bowling balls for competition.

We choose to align our SYC tournament with a charity close to the Storm family. The SYC event supported BVBC also known as Ballard vs. the Big “C.” BVBC raises funds for continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck, and throat cancer through the sport of bowling. The president of BVBC, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard joined us for the event. SYC families contributed to the cause through raffles and a silent auction in addition to the $10 donation that is contributed directly to BVBC from every entry.

Friends and family can come to cheer on their favorite youth athlete in person or virtually through the Storm Facebook Channel. Every game of the event was livestreamed on Facebook. Storm Team Members share insights about the event and youth bowlers through commentary.

For final results of all rounds of competition visit this page.

For more information on the SYC visit the Storm SYC page at www.stormbowling.com/SYC.


Rookie Julia Bond Shines On PWBA Tour

Don’t let the term Rookie fool you. Julia Bond has proven that she’s a fierce competitor in her first season on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour.

In her first full season on tour, Bond has picked up two PWBA Regional Titles, earned a spot in the PWBA Elite Field (top 24 in season points) based on her performance on the PWBA Tour, and won the PWBA Regional Showdown which aired on CBS Sports August 24.

Photo Credit: PWBA Tour

Our PWBA Tour Manager, Mike DeVaney, and all those who work with our Team Storm players have been impressed by Bond’s thirst for knowledge and dedication to the sport. Bond had a very strong youth bowling career earning titles at local, state, and national levels. She represented Junior Team USA from 2014-2017 and Team USA from 2017-2019 earning several medals and competed collegiately at the University of Nebraska where she was a member of the 2015 National Championship team. She was also named the 2015 NCAA Bowling Championship Most Outstanding Bowler.

“Julia continues to prove that she will be a force on the PWBA in the upcoming seasons,” DeVaney said. “Some early marks of her success- earning Elite status, winning multiple regional events including the regional showdown, and multiple top 10 finishes all point to this. As Julia continues to build her foundation, her trajectory is high. I fully expect her to be in the winner’s circle on the PWBA tour sooner than later and I am excited to support her in that quest!”

The ladies of Team Storm and Roto Grip were represented well on the 2019 PWBA Regional Circuit. Each one-day PWBA Regional tournament was paired with a national PWBA Tour event where bowlers competed in eight games of qualifying before cutting the field to four for the stepladder finals. The champions of the first four events qualified for the Go Bowling! PWBA Regional Showdown.

“The PWBA Regionals simply provide another avenue of competition for women bowlers,” said PWBA Director of Operations Tennelle Milligan in the PWBA Press Release regarding the Regional Program. “With a lower cost, bowlers can see what it takes to compete on challenging conditions and get a glimpse of the PWBA experience.”

At the first event of the season, Elise Bolton of Florida earned the PWBA Greater Cleveland Regional title. Julia Bond of Illinois picked up the next two titles at the PWBA Sonoma County Regional and PWBA Lincoln Regional. Gazmine Mason of Rhode Island picked up the title at the PWBA East Hartford Regional. The final regional title of the season went to KT Simpson at the PWBA Orlando Regional.

Photo Credit: PWBA Tour

Bolton, Bond, and Mason all qualified for the PWBA Regional Showdown based on their performances in the first four PWBA Regional Events of the season. Kayla Bandy of Maryland earned the fourth position based on her accumulated prize winnings in PWBA regional competition.

In the first match, Mason faced Bolton. Bolton stayed clean through the early parts of the match while Mason had two opens. Mason threw the final six strikes to defeat Bolton 217-214.

The second match paired Bond against Kayla Bandy in a close match. Bandy could have defeated Bond by 1 pin had she struck out in the 10th frame. Delivering a strike on her first shot, she was stopped by a 10 pin. Bond defeated Bandy 214-204.

The title match was a two-game total pinfall competition between former collegiate teammates, Bond and Mason. Bond defeated Mason 441-420 to take home the PWBA Regional Showdown Title.

 

Though her rookie season is wrapping up, we caught up with Julia to discuss her first year on tour and what she’s looking forward to in the future.

Photo Credit: PWBA Tour

Tell us a little about your first full season on the PWBA Tour. What were your goals going into the season?

Overall, I’m proud of my first season. I made a few cuts and got to participate in some of the regionals. Going into this season my goals were to learn and absorb as much information as possible. I wanted to make sure I internalized my experiences so I could use that information for the rest of my career.

Tell us about how it felt to be bowling on TV for the Regional Showdown?

Naturally I felt nervous. This event meant a lot to me and I wanted to perform well. However, through the nerves I was excited. I was happy to be there and happy to have the opportunity to show what I got.

What balls did you use on the show?

On the show I used the !Q Emerald and the Halo Pearl.

You competed at several PWBA Regionals this season. What do you feel is the difference between these events and a main PWBA Tour event?

For me personally I tried to treat them as similar as possible. Everyone is there to win and I’ve learned to never underestimate people.

What advice do you have for women who might not be ready to bowl the PWBA Tour stops but want to compete in the regionals?

My advice would be to just go for it. It’s a wonderful opportunity. I know it can be intimidating but I think that’s what’s great about it. It helps give you that nudge out of your comfort zone. I think every athlete can benefit from being pushed outside their comfort zone.

What advice do you have for college players who are ready to make the jump to the PWBA Tour?

My advice for college players who are ready to take the plunge would be to take your experience you learned from college and be prepared to expand them. Things that worked in college may not work out here, and that’s ok. That’s the learning process. Also, learn to be your own #1 fan. It’s awesome having a team behind you but you’re all you got out here. Learn how to push yourself.

What has been the hardest part about competing on the PWBA Tour?

The hardest part for me have been the weeks where I felt like I did everything right and made the best shots I could, and they still weren’t enough. It was tough to process but it was something I had to face. I think the emotional/mental lessons are the hardest, but I believe they’ll make me stronger.

What is your goal for the rest of the season?

My goal for the rest of the season is to give it my all. I want to end on a positive note. I want people to be excited about my next season as much as I am.

What are your plans for after the PWBA Tour wraps up?

After the tour wraps up, I plan on working on my game in the off season. After I graduated college I jumped right into the tour and there’s some things I want to clean up. I’m already making plans for next year!

 

Bond's determination to improve and commitment to her game is something that can't be taught. It's something that a player feels in their heart and believes in their soul. We're proud that Bond chooses to be a member of Team Storm and can't wait to see all that she will accomplish in her career. 

 

UP NEXT ON THE PWBA TOUR, THE LADIES TRAVEL TO BUFFALOE LANES NORTH IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA FOR THE QUBICAAMF PWBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP SEPTEMBER 3-8.


Katelyn Simpson Wins PWBA Orlando Regional

Katelyn “KT” Simpson’s favorite city on the PWBA Tour is without a question, Orlando!

It was an exciting week for Simpson that started with the PTQ at the PWBA Orlando Open. After eight games, eight players would earn spots into the Elite Field of the PWBA Orlando Open. Katelyn qualified in the 7th position averaging 207. She bowled 22 more games averaging 214 to earn the fourth seed for her first TV PWBA Stepladder Final on CBS Sports.

Though she lost her match, she quickly had to push it out of her mind and stay focused. Simpson was on the roster for the PWBA Orlando Regional the very next day. She added eight more games of qualifying to her week averaging 211 to qualify as the fourth seed of the stepladder finals which aired on BowlTV.

 

She climbed the ladder and won her first PWBA Regional Title defeating Kayla Bandy 222 to 203 in the finals.

After the 43 games were complete, Simpson could finally catch her breath and think about her exciting week in the Sunshine State!

When the PWBA Tour kicked off in April, Simpson, was among the star studded 2019 Rookie Class hitting the lanes for the first time as full-time PWBA Touring Players. Simpson was an All-American while competing at the University of Pikeville and was a member of Junior Team USA in 2015. After completing her undergrad, she served as a graduate assistant for two years sharing some of her knowledge on the lanes with younger athletes as she worked towards her MBA. She completed her MBA, talked to her family and decided to head out on the PWBA Tour. Her family was in full support of her decision and decided to make it a summer adventure!

Her parents, Terri & Wayne, who own KT Lanes in Emmett, Idaho and the famous Bowling Doodles, Blake and Adam, jumped into their RV and spent the summer on the road traveling from stop-to-stop. They tried to fit in as many pit stops and family memories as they could.

Blake and Adam who learned how to bowl at their home lanes as puppies were fan favorites at all the Pro-Ams and Fan Fests! They signed paw-o-graphs and took tons of photos while KT worked hard on the lanes learning more and more each week.

We chatted with Simpson about her exciting week on the lanes in this exclusive interview.   

Tell us a little about your first full season on the PWBA Tour:

My first year has been full of learning. I’m just trying to embrace the learning curve as best as I can. It’s been full of ups and downs and I’m doing my best to learn from both but especially the downs. I was really frustrated after the Connecticut PTQ. I didn’t have a good start, but I threw it great down the stretch and the pins didn’t fall my way. I sat down with our Tour Managers, Mike DeVaney and Steve Jacobs and we had a really good conversation about what I need to do better and how I can improve out here. I really just bought in to what they were saying and executed as much as possible these last couple events. I only want to keep getting better and I’m trying to learn as much as possible in this first year!

What were your goals going into the season?

My goals going into this season were to make as many cuts as possible and give myself a chance at Rookie of the Year. I didn’t really have many expectations because I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect! These ladies are good so to just be competing against them is a privilege.

The Orlando Open was a great week for you from start to finish! Walk us a little bit through the week from your perspective:

Yes, this week was a really good week for me. I executed pretty well, made most of my spares, had a few hiccups here and there, but I just tried to take what the lanes gave me and make adjustments as needed and of course Mike and Steve were a huge part of my success this week. I like when there is friction, so I was able to play my A game and stay aggressive!

What was your favorite part of bowling on you first PWBA telecast? 

The atmosphere was amazing. Intimidating a little bit at first because all eyes are on you at all times. I really was trying not to have the stone look on my face that I always get made fun of for! You could just feel the energy and the people rooting for you and that was so cool!

The cut was really tight between a few players going into the last game of the PWBA Regional ....tell us about those final games.

I had a rocky start. I made good shots but all 10 pins just didn’t want to fall for me all at the same time in a consecutive fashion so once I found the right ball that went through the pins the right way I just took advantage and put some good games together to give myself a shot at making cut. I knew what the girl close to me had shot the last game, so I knew I needed to at least beat that. I just told myself to make really good shots. Execute them and whatever happens, happens. I had a carry struggle. Four 10 pins and an 8 pin that last game so I knew I just needed to get as many pins as possible in those last couple frames!

Tell us about the final frame of that title match at the PWBA Regional. What was going through your mind?

Honestly, I sound kind of repetitive but just to execute a good shot. I tried not to think about anything else. Just focus, breathe and execute. See the shape first that I wanted and then to execute. Kayla did the right thing, she made me finish on the hard lane, it was a lot tighter, so it required a little more focus.

What balls did you use this week?

In the Orlando Open I used a Hy-Road X, a little bit of the PhysiX and AstroPhysiX and actually on the show when I switched to the Idol PRO that was the first time I had thrown it all week! In the regional, I used a little bit of a HALO Vision but mostly the Idol PRO!

What has been the hardest part about competing on the PWBA Tour?

These ladies are soooooo good! You have to be on top of your game all the time. They are sharp and if you are not on top of it, they will run you over. We also bowl a lot of games, so I’ve had a few issues with my hand over the course of the tour. I actually changed my fit in between the US Open and the second half of the tour. We may still have some tweaking to do. I had a couple skin patches on, on the show.

Though Simpson wanted to thank everyone at Storm for all they do, we want to thank her for choosing to throw Storm and Roto Grip on the lanes every day. We’re proud that she’s part of our team.

 

The PWBA Tour travels to Buffaloe Lanes North in Raleigh, North Carolina next for the QubicaAMF PWBA Players Championship September 3-8.


Nick Pate Earns Gold Medal at PAN AM Games

Many of our Team Storm players spend much of their year traveling to compete across the United States and several even fly around the world for their next event.

In January, Nick Pate joined Team Storm and started the year off by rolling 300 on Day 3 of Team Trials to earn a spot on Team USA.

Since that first event of the year, he has continued to excel on the lanes and recently traveled to represent the United States with Team USA at the PAN AM Games in Lima, Peru. Though Pate had a slow start to the week, he kept his mental game sharp and continued to work hard on the lanes throughout the competition.

“The grind was in full effect all week,” Pate said. “Each day I told myself that I need to be mentally stronger than the next and do whatever it takes. I found success by doing something breathing exercises and I’m glad it worked.”

His mental determination paid off when Pate rolled 300 during the singles event using the new PRO-Motion. Pate, as do most of the players who have thrown the PRO-Motion see it as a benchmark ball in their bag. When the lanes are transitioning, or you need something predictable this seems to be the ball that our Team Storm players rely on.

“The PRO-Motion is incredible,” Pate said. “I tried the IDOL in practice, but it wasn’t coming off the spot the way I needed to. PRO-Motion gave me a little bit more down lane reaction. It gave me the bigger symmetric ball roll in the front but didn’t burn up off the spot and continued through the deck beautifully.”

For Pate, the lanes continued to get tougher and he kept his mental game sharp as he battled to earn the gold medal. The final match was between Pate and Marcelo Suartz of Brazil came down to the final frames. In the end, Pate was victorious 190-189.

“Winning the gold medal means the absolute world to me,” Pate said. “The Pan Am Games is the closest thing that bowling has to Olympics and to win the gold medal is just incredible.”

Pate, who had a successful collegiate career competing for Midland University. In 2015, his team finished second at the Intercollegiate Team Championships and he was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award. In 2017, he took home the title at the Intercollegiate Singles Championships. After graduation, Pate has moved on to compete on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour full-time. Since joining Team Storm, he has qualified for match play seven times and continues to grow as an athlete.

“My favorite part of the year is the constant learning,” Pate said. “I’m learning more and more what balls fit my game. Most importantly, I’m learning how to become better with my mental game.”

We’re proud that Pate chooses to throw Storm and Roto Grip products and we’re looking forward to all that he will accomplish in the sport of bowling.


A Chat With Danielle McEwan

It’s not the first time that Danielle McEwan hugged a championship trophy but it’s definitely one she will always remember.

In June, McEwan defeated Tannya Roumimper to win the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open. This was her second career PWBA major title and her fifth PWBA title overall.

"This was one of my top goals - to win the U.S. Women's Open," McEwan said in the official USBC Press Release.

We asked Danielle to reflect on this incredible achievement and share some of what was going through her mind throughout the week. She shared her thoughts and some tips for all the bowlers in Storm Nation in the interview below.

Tell us about the week. How did you stay present through the difficult lane conditions?

This week was possibly the best I've ever seen my mental game for so many days in a row. Between seeing the patterns in the practice sessions and knowing from past experiences how challenging the format of the US Open is, I knew it was going to be an extremely challenging week. However, I also felt I was ready for that challenge. I was feeling confident with my physical game after the last couple of stops and I knew if I stayed patient and went through my process, anything was possible.

In the final match, you had to double to defeat both opponents. What was going through your mind?

When I got up in the tenth frame both matches, my brain was possibly the quietest it’s ever been. In the past, I struggled being in this exact situation because my brain would start going crazy. I would focus too much on the result, the what ifs and all the things that are outside of my control. Those ended up being shots that cost me matches and titles.

I've spent hours and hours going over those shots, talking to coaches about what happened and how I will handle it differently the next time. This time, it all came together. All the lessons of the past clicked at the perfect time and I just did it.

What does this win mean to you? Is it your favorite win of all time?

This title means the absolute world to me. THE U.S. OPEN! It's the hardest, most prestigious tournament of the year. Only the best of the best have won this event in the past and I am so honored to add my name to that list.

Which balls were in your bag throughout the week?

  • Spare ball!!!! Which was my life saver on those super difficult patterns.
  • Sure Lock
  • Idol
  • Phaze 2
  • !Q Tour
  • Code Red
  • Code Black
  • Halo Pearl
  • Hustle Ink
  • Idol Pearl

I left my ball card the same for the round of matchplay.

For the show, I swapped out the Sure Lock, Phaze 2 and Code Red for a !Q Emerald, Winner Solid, and Hyroad Pearl, the ball I ended up using on the show. I'm very lucky that my Storm Tour Team consists of the best and smartest guys out there.

Has your preparation or practice changed since the start of the PWBA Tour?

My pre-season training routine and mid-season training routine are very different. Before the season starts, I'm on the lanes all day, every day and if I'm not on the lanes, I'm in the gym. However, once the season starts, my practices turn into much shorter, focused practices with lighter gym workouts. These weekends on tour take everything out of me, so most of the week is spent recovering and preparing to handle the upcoming weekend, both physically and mentally.

You'll be switching roles a little bit and coaching your siblings at Junior Gold. Are you looking forward to helping them on the lanes?

I can't wait to be at Junior Gold supporting Nick and Tor. They are super talented and work so hard. I love being able to be right behind them as they chase their dreams. BUT.......... it's so much easier to compete than watch. The week of Junior Gold often feels more stressful for me standing in the back, out of control, living and dying with every shot they throw, than the U.S. Open itself.

What advice do you have for all the bowlers out there who are getting ready to attack a tournament near them?

Be prepared.

As most of you know, I have a very disciplined practice and workout routine. I do most of that so that when I walk into an event, I know that I'm prepared for whatever challenges are ahead of me and that helps me with my confidence.

Practice hard, be prepared and be organized, that's how you will compete at your best.

Though Danielle McEwan is spending the week at the 2019 USBC Junior Gold Championships, she's still fitting in some time to practice. The PWBA Tour returns July 25 for the PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles. For more information on Danielle and all the PWBA players visit pwba.com.


Sitters Wins Back-To-Back At National Disability Championships

Over 400 bowlers took to the lanes to compete in the 2019 National Tenpin Bowling Association (TBA) National Disability Championship which took place in Canberra, Australia. According to TBA's official website, the tournament which is open to all TBA players who have a who have a disability (defined as a person who suffers from a condition that has limitation, restriction or impairment that restricts everyday activity. The condition is permanent.).

There are multiple events throughout the weekend including Open State Team Challenge, Open Masters, Restricted Masters, and Classic Masters.

In the Open Masters event, James Sitters of New South Wales defended his title exclusively using Storm Products. Sitters chose to throw his Phaze and Phaze II and led the qualifying rounds. Sitters threw a 278 game in the final round to earn the 2019 Open Masters title. He has now won the 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019 titles.

Sitters hopes to return to the United States in 2020 to compete in some PBA Tour events. Thanks for choosing to throw Storm, James!

More info on the events can be found here. 


SYC Travels to Nebraska

Summer in the Midwest is filled with lots of sunshine, family fun, BBQs, and lots of corn on the cob! Sometimes the temperature climbs so high that families find themselves looking for an excuse to stay indoors. Last weekend, youth bowlers and their families took the opportunity to stay cool inside at Sun Valley Lanes testing their skills at the Storm Youth Championships!

A sold-out field filled with SYC veterans as well as several new smiling faces eager to join the SYC Family traveled to spend the weekend competing in three rounds on three challenging lane conditions designed by KEGEL. Each round consisted of four games and the tournament is composed of six different divisions determined by gender and age (U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls).

“The SYC is designed to bring a boutique national event to communities around the country,” Gary Hulsenberg, VP of Business Development said. “It’s exciting to give families the opportunity to experience these events and help to connect more members to our bowling family.”

The top three bowlers in each round were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal. After both rounds were complete, the tournament champions in each division based on their total pinfall were awarded the SYC Shield Trophy, a banner, and a gold medal. In addition, the SYC awarded $13,950 in scholarships to the youth bowlers.

Consistency is key to earning an SYC title. The SYC bowlers work hard, respect their fellow competitors and come together at the end of the weekend to celebrate those who earn the coveted SYC trophies in our awards ceremony.

In the U12 division, two bowlers were awarded with their first SYC titles. In the girl’s division, Faith Sprout of Illinois, medaled in each round and captured her first SYC title leading the U12 girl’s field by 74 pins. In the boy’s division, Noah Sicard of Oregon, competing in his second event claimed his first title. In the U15 girl’s division, Rachel Moore of Iowa, also earned her first SYC title while Joshua Collins of Georgia, earned his second consecutive SYC title leading the U15 boys division by 95 pins. In the U20 girl’s division, Addy Schiffelbein of Kansas, picked up her first title while two past champions battled for the U20 boys title. In the end Spencer Robarge of Missouri, edged out past-champion, Brandon Bonta to earn his fifth SYC title.

The friendly staff at Sun Valley Lanes helped us welcome all of the SYC families who traveled to Nebraksa. Tournaments run effortlessly when John Losito and his incredible staff are part of the event. Prior to the Storm Youth Championships, Sun Valley Lanes has hosted the World Youth Championships, PWBA events, and will be home to the 2020 US Open. Their generosity and efforts truly helped to make the SYC a success.

The youth bowlers at Storm Youth Championships spend the weekend listening, learning, and bowling as much as they can. Often bowlers arrive early and host “unofficial” practice sessions with fellow competitors they’ve made in other events or new friends that they’ve just met. In Nebraska, the SYC bowlers were able to continue to build their bowling toolkit through our seminars. Team Storm Players, Leanne Hulsenberg and Julia Bond joined Gary Hulsenberg to learn about lane play and surface adjustment as well as an informational seminar filled with tips about being ready for their upcoming tournaments and events.

Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm Fever Pitch and had the option to have their new ball drilled by Dwyane DaMoude inside the pro shop at Sun Valley Lanes. Many bowlers took advantage of this option to add this ball to their bags in time for the practice session where all three KEGEL patterns were made available. After the practice session, all the bowlers traveled to the host hotel, The Marriott Cornhusker where families enjoyed an indoor BBQ with music, games and an exciting cornhole tournament. Bowlers, family members, parents and even our Team Storm Pros, Diandra Asbaty and Leanne Hulsenberg teamed up to battle the bracket.

Friends and family can come to cheer on their favorite youth athlete in person or virtually through the Storm Facebook Channel. Every game of the event was livestreamed on Facebook. Storm Team Members share insights about the event and youth bowlers through commentary. Some of our hosts in our livestream booth included Diandra Asbaty, Julia Bond, Jamie Rangel, Sean Rangel, Brian Shannon, Leanne Hulsenberg and Gary Hulsenberg.

We choose to align our SYC tournament with a charity close to the Storm family. The SYC event supported BVBC also known as Ballard vs. the Big “C.” BVBC raises funds for continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck, and throat cancer through the sport of bowling. SYC families contributed to the cause through raffles and a silent auction in addition to the $10 donation that is contributed directly to BVBC from every entry.

This tournament would not be possible without the generous donation from all of our sponsors, Storm, Roto Grip, Logo Infusion, Kegel, 3G Shoes, Bowlers Journal International.

The SYC will travel to Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas over Labor Day Weekend for the next event! This event is sold-out with a waiting list. Entries open for the SYC – Coastal Classic event on August 5.

For final results of all rounds of competition visit this page.

For more information on the SYC visit the Storm SYC page at www.stormbowling.com/SYC.

 


Team Storm Update From Las Vegas

Things are really heating up in Las Vegas!

If you happen to be visiting the entertainment capital of the world this week, you're in luck! Between The USBC Open Championships, The Weber Cup and the US Women's Open there's plenty of ways to watch bowling. Even if you're not in town, you can follow most of the bowling action by watching online.

WEBER CUP UPDATE

On Wednesday, Team USA rolled the first baker 300 game at the Weber Cup which helped them take the lead over Europe, 10-6.

Full match scores include:

USA 10–6 EUROPE

Kyle Troup 278–201 Osku Palermaa
Butturff/Barnes 234-236 Palermaa/Barrett
Chris Barnes 257
–234 Dominic Barrett
Troup/Butturff 236-257 Svensson/Palermaa
Jakob Butturff 278
–235 Jesper Svensson
Barnes/Simonsen 267-267 Barrett/Williams (USA win roll-off 60-16)
Kyle Troup 246–242 Osku Palermaa
USA 300-257 Europe

 

Photo Credit: Vincent Rochefort/Matchroom Multi Sport

Weber Cup XX is taking place at Mandalay Bay Resort with live matches daily 11 am through Friday. The event is broadcast live globally on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in America. More info can be found by visiting www.webercup.com.

Women's US Open

The challenging patterns have been testing the ladies of the PWBA this week at the US Women's Open taking place at Texas Station in Las Vegas. Danielle McEwan lead the Team Storm players in 2nd after two days of qualifying on Wednesday. She has averaged 212.75 through 16 games of qualifying. Liz Johnson, Julia Bond, Anita Arnett, and Thashaina Seraus round out the Team Storm players in the Top 10. USBC and PWBA Hall of Fame Member, Leanne Hulsenberg averaging 225.75 to jump into 14th place. Her 1806 set was the second highest set of all 108 players on Day 2.

Watch some of the styles of Team Storm competing at the US Open in this video.

Qualifying at the US Open continues Thursday where the field will be cut to the top 36 players.

Bowling fans can follow all the action LIVE on BowlTV. More info can be found by visiting pwba.com

USBC Open Championships

Team Storm player, Dan Higgins, led his team to success at the USBC Open Championships over the weekend. The members of Higgy's Aquarium took over the lead of the team event with a 3,362 total. The team marked all but one frame. Higgins put together a 755 set using two Phaze IIs and an !Q Tour.

"My performance is a credit to my team, and how they help me," said Higgins in the USBC Release. "I'm all about being clean and accurate, but without this team, my job is a lot harder. It's great to have the chemistry we have, everyone pulling for one another, and no one in it for themselves."

He shared his thoughts on the event with past OC Champion Matt McNiel in this interview.

Higgy's Aquarium took home the Team All-Events title in 2016. They finished second in 2017 and 2018.

Read more about the success of Higgy's Aquarium here.