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.


Being a Student-Athlete: What You Should Know

 These College Bowling thoughts are brought to you by Kenzie Hollamon, 20, a Freshman at Calumet College of Saint Joseph. Kenzie is studying English with a focus in literature and creative writing. She previously attended a community college in Washington state on a women's soccer scholarship.

Entering the world of college athletics is a wonderfully terrifying experience, it entails many hours of hard work on and off the lanes, dedication, and perseverance. As a student-athlete myself I’ve come across some tactics and strategies to take full advantage of my time as both a student and an athlete.

  1. Time Management - Finding a schedule that works for all the aspects you are trying to take on during this experience is key. You have 24 hours in the day, make the most of those hours doing things that are beneficial to your growth as an individual.
  2. Organization - Having your schedule laid out in front of you every day will help you keep hold of your head. It’s extremely easy to become overwhelmed balancing classes, practices, and workouts having a schedule written down can help you stay calm and less stressed.
  3. Motivation - The drive to become a well-educated individual has to equal the drive to become the best athlete you can be.
  4. Take a Breath - Overloading your schedule is easy, take a step back and breath, don’t lose your sanity trying to do too much at once.
  5. Priorities - Remember you are a student before an athlete, education and classes must be your number on priority.
  6. Have Fun - Remember to have fun, in such serious situations such as college athletics you can lose your head and the “why” you’re doing this in the first place. Remember why you started this journey.
  7. Positive Mindset - You are your biggest competitor, trying to keep a positive mindset is easier said than done but the attempt alone can make your mind change from doubt to inspiration.
  8. Environment - Find other individuals that have the same drive and ambitions as you, surrounding yourself with other inspired people will create an environment ready for growth and improvements.

Overall remember to enjoy the experience, make the most out of everything that comes your way with the opportunity of being a student-athlete. Take a step back when things start to become overwhelming to you, don’t feel obligated to overload your schedule, allow yourself to breathe.


Storm Collegiate Signs Wichita State University Shockers

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Bowling Products is excited to announce an addition to an already strong Storm Collegiate lineup for the 2017-2018 collegiate season.

The most successful program in collegiate bowling, Wichita State University has officially signed on as a Storm-sponsored college.

“We are beyond excited to embark on this journey with Storm Products,” Wichita State head coach Gordon Vadakin said. “We know this partnership will certainly help move our program forward, and we are always looking to do that."

The Wichita State Shockers have proven their strength in the collegiate ranks.

With 20 total national championships, nine singles national championships, 18 Academic All-Americans, 140 All-Americans and 11 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Bowlers of the Year, the Shocker program show no signs of stopping.

Storm Collegiate is a Storm Products initiative focused on giving collegiate teams the extra boost they need to succeed on the lanes.

Initiated in 2007, the Storm Collegiate Program is a way to support young and up and coming bowlers in our sport.

With more than 40 Storm-sponsored collegiate teams, Storm realizes they are an instrumental part of the bowling industry and believe by giving them the support of Storm Bowling Products, they will succeed on a higher level.

For more information about the Storm Collegiate Program, visit StormBowling.com.

 

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