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.

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Foster wins Uzelac Tourney at Davis Lanes

Former Collegiate standout from William Penn, Cameron Foster won the Uzelac Classic Tournament at Davis Lanes in Layton, Utah this past weekend.

The tournament attracted 123 entries (109 men and 14 women) from across the state. It featured 49 optional scratch entries and paid out more than $4000.

 

Cameron Foster wins Uzelac with the Storm Intense

 

Cameron used the Storm Intense™, a Premier Line™ high-end asymmetrical ball, to earn more than $1000 for first place including the optional progressive pot.

Matt Voeltz was the runner-up and Mike Sagers finished third.

Tournament Director Leon Uzelac would like thank his sponsors Storm, Roto Grip, Master, the Storm Northwest Tour, and the Competitive Edge Pro Shop.

If you would like information on future Uzelac Classic events, please call Leon at 435-630-8762


Collegiate Standout | Kayla Crawford


What is your favorite part of collegiate bowling?

I love the competitiveness. The feeling I get when I need to strike in that moment to win a match or make it close is what I live for. I thrive on the high-pressure moments. Being able to come through in those moments, knowing that it was for my teammates and coaches, is an amazing feeling.

What is your preparation routine?

Before every tournament, I stretch and listen to music to get me in the zone. Before every shot I grab my ball, wipe it, visualize my targets and take a deep breath. Once I get onto the approach, I don’t think; I get comfortable and then make the shot.

How often are you/your team working on your game(s)?

As a team, we practice three days a week on the lanes for a couple hours each. Some of us practice more on our own time to work on certain areas of their games one on one.

What is teamwork? What does it look like on the lanes?

To me, teamwork is being able to overcome obstacles together. Everyone works together to help each other out. At tournaments, we typically do not know what the pattern looks like, so as a team we have to work together to overcome that obstacle. Bad shots will be made, spares will be missed, but when your teammates tell you “It’s okay, shake it off! We’ll pick you up” and then as a team, we do, that is a prime example of teamwork!

How important is the physical and mental game? Is one more important than the other?

While they are both important, the mental part of your game will make you succeed further. You can have all the best techniques with your physical game. However, if you allow something to impair your mental game, it will negatively affect your overall game.

How does Storm and their products help you and your team?

Personally, Storm products match up best with my game. I know that my teammates love Storm products as well. Storm bowling balls cover every type of ball you need from fresh to burn. The characteristics of these balls prepare us to compete to the best of our abilities. I’m thankful to bowl for a program sponsored by such a great company.

What is your life like as a collegiate athlete?

Life as a collegiate athlete requires many hours in the classroom, outside the classroom studying, and on the lanes perfecting your game. It requires time management, teamwork, and the perseverance to push you further. Being a collegiate athlete teaches you that when you feel that you’ve pushed yourself to your limits, you can always push further to achieve more.

What does a typical practice session look like at your program?

We start with an open discussion led by Coach Littig regarding a variety of topics. We then break into the men’s and women’s teams where we warm up for twenty minutes before working on specific drills to improve our techniques. We periodically have team competitions to add a little fun.

Are there mandatory workouts at your program?

In the past, we have not had mandatory workouts, but we are planning to have team workouts this coming year.

How close/far is/are the practice facilities?

An advantage that our bowling program has is that we have the luxury of utilizing two different facilities, which are both within ten minutes of campus. This is an advantage because it gives us experience on two types of approaches, lane surfaces, and oil conditioners. This makes us more adaptable for both wood and synthetic approaches.

How interactive are your men’s and women’s teams?

Both teams interact throughout campus. Since our school is a private institution, we see each other often on campus. Generally, we like to hangout after practice and go to dinner.

What is your favorite Storm bowling ball? Why?

So far, my favorite Storm ball is the Lock. I have had three in the past two years because I love the ball so much. I have had great success with them. I used my first one most of the week at the 2016 Team Trials where I made Jr. Team USA. It has also been my go to ball during both years of college, especially this past year.

How do you pick your limited (5 or 6 balls) arsenal for collegiate tournaments?

It is tricky because we don’t know the patterns and there are so many options, but I talk to Coach Crawford about what we both think I should bring. We try to take an arsenal that covers everything by avoiding any gaps between ball characteristics. I always have my spare ball, so it can be even more challenging when having to pick just four or five other balls.

What is it like competing against friends on opposing teams?

Competing against friends on opposing teams is tough when we go head to head. You have to keep in mind that you’re friends off the lanes and you wish them the best of luck, but you want to win for your teammates and yourself.

Is it possible to have a job at your program while going to school full time, bowling most days a week, traveling, etc?

At our program, it is definitely possible to have a job, but the main concern is making sure the individual isn’t too overwhelmed with their personal schedule. This can vary depending on the individual’s preferences, what their major demands of them, how flexible their bosses are with their busy schedule, etc. It can be difficult at times, but it is possible and will teach you various skills. For the most part, I prefer to be busy. I’m most productive when I’m busy.