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.


On The Road with Team Storm

Team Storm PBA Tour Manager, Jim Callahan shares a behind-the-scenes glimpse at life on the road with Team Storm & Roto Grip.

The 2019 PBA Season has been filled with excitement and a lot of success for Team Storm and Roto Grip. The athletes have been working hard each week to represent our brands.

Jason Belmonte has added three PBA Titles to the record books this season, including two major titles. We witnessed a moment in history when Jason Belmonte won major title #11 to surpass the great Earl Anthony and Pete Weber at the PBA World Championships. I have had the honor to work with Jason for all 11 of his PBA major titles.

Jason is truly a fantastic representative for our sport, and we are so lucky to have him as part of our Storm family.

Norm Duke won back to back titles on grueling duel pattern events including title #40. He is simply amazing.

Jesper Svensson had a great start to the season making back-to-back shows at the first two events throwing the new Fever Pitch. The next week, Anthony Simonsen became the youngest PBA player ever to win two PBA majors.


We’ve also been able to celebrate a first PBA title with one of our team members this season! There’s a quote that goes, “Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” Kris Prather has been, “knocking on the door” overcoming adversity and advancing to several PBA shows for the past two years. He kept his head down, kept working and learning. Prather earned his first title at the PBA Scorpion Championships during the World Series of Bowling. Keep an eye out for this guy, he is a star in the making.

I am excited that several of our young players have had breakout weeks including Kris Prather, Brad Miller, Nick Pate, Marshall Kent, AJ Chapman, Darren Tang, BJ Moore and Kyle Troup who fought through injuries to make a show. These young staffers work extremely hard and I am proud of the progress that they make every week.

The players on tour have been throwing a variety of Storm and Roto Grip equipment each week. Some balls that have become key week to week have been the new Fever Pitch, Crux Prime, and Super Son!Q. The Roto Grip Halo Pearl is a great asymmetrical addition to our players bags.  The reliable Phaze II and Hy-Road are steady staples in the bag each week as well.

The athletes of Team Storm and Roto Grip have traveled to Las Vegas this week for the 2019 USBC Masters. Competition kicks off on Wednesday, March 27 at 11 am ET. Qualifying will air live on Flobowling.

Everyone Bowl Up a Storm!

-Jim Callahan


Belmonte Leads the World Championship

The World Series of Bowling is a true test of consistency. Bowlers compete on three different lane conditions throughout the week to qualify for the World Championships.

On Thursday, Jason Belmonte averaged 239 for 10-games to advance to the match play rounds on the Scorpion Championships. He also is leading the field into the casher's rounds of the World Championships.

Belmonte used the Storm Hy-Road Nano to attack the 42-foot lane condition. Team Storm and Roto Grip players joining Belmonte to advance to the match play rounds of the Scorpion Championship include, Anthony Simonsen, Norm Duke, Kristopher Prather, Kyle Troup, Marshall Kent, and BJ Moore. The players used a variety of Storm and Roto Grip balls to match up to the lane condition and lane surface including the Roto Grip IDOL and the Storm Super Son!Q.

Match play for the Scorpion Championships will take place on March 20 with the TV Finals airing on FS1, March 20 at 8 pm ET.

The top 45 players from the field advance to two five-game casher's rounds of the World Championship. The top 16 players will advance to match play on Saturday. All of the competition on Friday will air live on Flobowling starting at 12:30 pm ET and 6:30 pm ET.


7 Storm Players Advance to Chameleon Match Play

The best bowlers in the world faced the Chameleon Championships at the WSOB X on Wednesday at Thunderbowl Lanes. Chameleon is a 39 foot condition that you can learn more about here.

Jason Belmonte led the players of Team Storm and Roto Grip averaging 231 to earn the #2 seed heading into Match Play for the Chameleon Championships. Belmonte use a combination of the Storm Phaze II and Roto Grip Idol Pearl to attack the conditions.

Team Storm and Roto Grip players joining Belmonte to advance to the match play rounds of the Chameleon Championship include, Anthony Pepe, Norm Duke, Tim Pfeifer, AJ Chapman, Andres Gomez and Matthew McNiel.

Match play for the Chameleon Championships will take place on March 19 with the TV Finals airing on FS1, March 19 at 8 pm ET.

WSOB X competition continues Thursday with the Scorpion Championship. After qualifying is complete, the top 45 players advance to the casher's rounds on Friday. After two rounds, the field will be cut to the top 16 players for two match play rounds to determine the five players who will compete for the World Championship Finals.

The Scorpion Championship Qualifying rounds can be watched on Flobowling Thursday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. ET.


Rhino Page Leads PBA Cheetah Championship

The World Series of Bowling X officially kicked off Tuesday at Thunderbowl Lanes. Team Storm player, Rhino Page averaged 234 to lead the field during qualifying for the PBA Cheetah Championship.

"Thankfully today was a little bit easier than most days and I attribute a lot of that to a week off," Page said to Storm PBA Tour Manager, Jim Callahan. "Mentally I felt really relaxed and physically I've been bowling well all year."

Page used a combination of the Storm Code X and Roto Grip Hustle HYB to attack the 33-Foot Cheetah lane condition.

Each day at the WSOB, the bowlers will compete on a different lane condition for two rounds. The top 16 will advance to match play. Once match play is complete, the top four players will advance to the LIVE TV finals on FS1 March 18-22.

“Right now, everything is where it needs to be physically,” Page said in the PBA news release here. “Every day is a new tournament so, in addition to the physical game, I really need to concentrate on my focus as the tournament progresses."

Team Storm and Roto Grip players joining Page to advance to the match play rounds of the Cheetah Championship include, David Haynes, BJ Moore, Matt McNiel, Brad Miller, Brad Angelo, and Darren Tang.

Match play for the Cheetah Championship will take place on March 18 with the TV Finals airing on FS1, March 18 at 8 pm ET.

WSOB X competition continues Wednesday with Chameleon Championship. Qualifying rounds can be watched on Flobowling at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. ET.


Norm Duke Wins PBA Title #40

Team Storm player and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke defeated Anthony Simonsen 212-164 in the final match to win his 40th PBA Title at the PBA Jonesboro Open on Sunday.

Duke is the third player in PBA history to earn 40 PBA Tour Titles joining Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Earl Anthony and is the oldest player to win consecutive PBA Tour Titles.

“I don’t really care if I bowl 280 or 180 if it’s more than the other guy has,” Duke said in the PBA News Release here. “You just give it all you’ve got."

Bowlers competed on dual lane conditions throughout the tournament. They faced the 45-foot Wolf pattern on the left lane and 36-foot Viper pattern on the right lane. Duke used a combination of the Roto Grip Dare Devil and IDOL to win the title.

For the second week, four Team Storm & Roto Grip players qualified for the stepladder finals live on FS1. Kris Prather defeated Shota Kawazoe in the opening match 246-236. Prather went on to face Anthony Simonsen who won 247-203. Simonsen defeated EJ Tackett 214-199 to move on to the final match against the top seed Duke.

The Team Storm & Roto Grip players travels to Detroit for the PBA World Series of Bowling at Thunderbowl Lanes which begins on March 11.


Norm Duke Wins PBA Indianapolis Open

Team Storm players, Norm Duke and Jason Belmonte delivered a match on FS1 that had bowling fans cheering around the world in the finals of the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open on Sunday. In the end, Duke defeated Belmonte, 237-219, to win his 39th PBA Tour at Woodland Bowl.

"I thought I needed the career game," Duke said. "The 4-9 was everything. If I don't spare that, then the momentum goes his way."

Duke used a combination of the Storm Son!Q and Roto Grip Idol Pearl on the challenging lane conditions. The field competed in a mixed oil environment all week with the 45-foot Dick Weber 45 oiling pattern on the left lane and the Mike Aulby 38 pattern on the right lane.

Belmonte, who rolled a 300 game in the last game of qualifying to secure the top seed for the stepladder finals has led three consecutive events in 2019. He is also leading the PBA Playoffs rankings.

“I always believed I’d win again,” Duke said in the PBA Final Release. “The first game I ever bowled on television was against Earl Anthony, and I won. In my mind, Jason’s the best ever, in spades. I feel for him, because I’ve been there, but for me, I get to say I bowled Earl, and Walter, and Pete, and I beat ‘em all.”

Team Storm travels to the PBA Jonesboro Open in Arkansas next. Qualifying begins on Wednesday and will be streamed live on FloBowling. The Jonesboro finals will air live on FS1 on Sunday at 5 p.m. Eastern.


Belmonte Wins 10th Major Title

Jason Belmonte won his third PBA Tournament of Champions title on Sunday to earn his 10th PBA Tour major title. This victory tied Belmonte with Pete Weber and Earl Anthony on the all-time major title list.

"I'm very overwhelmed, I'm very honored, I'm very proud of myself and now I'm even more driven to get that 11th and just keep going. It's really pumped me up," Belmonte said.

Belmonte used a combination of the Hy-Road Nano, Roto Grip Idol Pearl and the Pitch Black as the lanes transitioned throughout the week, leading the field at AMF Riviera Lanes. He used a similar lane play strategy in the finals. After testing some reactive balls on the practice pair, he decided that his Pitch Black gave him best motion. He used this ball to defeat EJ Tackett in the finals 225-196.

“It’s madness,” Belmonte said in the PBA Release here. “To work so hard at your craft means the world to be here at this moment. “It hasn’t completely sunk in and to have my name next to Pete and Earl is an overwhelming feeling right now."

Team Storm travels to Columbus, Ohio for the second major of the 2019 PBA Tour Season this week. The players will compete in the PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. Watch LIVE February 13-17 on Flobowling.

 


Get To Know Matt "OG" O'Grady

It was a true Cinderella story! In 2018, Matthew O'Grady had to enter the Tournament of Champions through the pre-tournament qualifier to claim a spot into the tournament. At the end of the week, he climbed the stepladder as the #5 seed on TV winning all four matches to earn his first PBA Tour Title and become a major champion.

 

The TOC returns to AMF Riviera Lanes this week in Fairlawn, Ohio. The first round begins Wednesday, February 6, and will be streamed live on FloBowling.

O'Grady recently extended his agreement with Storm Products signing a multi-year contract.

Before competition begins, get to know some fun facts about the defending TOC Champion:

Nickname: OG

One thing you can't travel without: !Q Tour Pearl

If I had extra hours in the day I would: Learn new languages

Favorite Restaurant on the Road: Chipotle

One movie every person should watch is: Forest Gump

Favorite Holiday: Christmas, the holiday that brings family together

What's your favorite bowling ball currently: PhysiX  

What’s your favorite tournament win ever? 2009 Bud Light Challenge

How many bowling balls do you take from tournament to tournament? Average 20-30

What did you want to be when you grow up? Weather Channel Meteorologist

What do you like to do during the off-season? Golf & Beach Activities

Person who inspires you the most? Joely Rose O’Grady

Favorite quote: "Hard Work Beats Talent Everytime"

Bowling Goal for 2019: WIN the PBA Playoffs

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2019 Storm Utah Open a Huge Success

The 15th Annual Storm Utah Open was held at Sparetime Lanes in Roy, UT, a 32-lane house just off of I-15. The tournament drew 373 entries from 8 different states. With $5150 in added money from our sponsors, the total prize fund was nearly $24,000. Known for its demanding lane condition and for providing one the opportunity to earn a spot for one year on the Storm Amateur Staff, the Storm Utah Open has been a staple of the Storm Northwest Tour for more than a decade. It is held every Martin Luther King holiday weekend in Northern Utah, and more information about the tournament is available on scratchbowlers.com.

Steve Kloempken presents Josh Blanchard with his first place prize money of $2500

 

Steve Kloempken welcomes Brian Robbins to the Storm Amateur staff.

 

Congratulations to PJ Haggerty on his runner-up finish... $1600 isn't too shabby!