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.


Bowlers Join Forces To Raise Funds In Houston

The PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament, sponsored by Storm kicks off this weekend. The “Luci”, as the touring players refer to it, is the world’s largest and most popular Mixed Doubles Tournament in the world.

A sold-out field of 160 doubles teams from all around the world will travel to Houston, Texas to compete in the 20th annual event.

2018 Champions, Liz Johnson and EJ Tackett

The brain child of newly inducted PWBA Hall of Famer, Donna Conners, the event represents the power of coming together in fellowship for a cause. Conners and Luci Bonneau met through bowling and became travel partners on the LPBT. In 1999, Bonneau was battling breast cancer and Conners never left her side. They dreamed of creating a bowling tournament to raise funds for breast cancer research when her treatment was complete. When Bonneau passed away, Conners knew she had to build the event they dreamed about.

"Upon starting the tournament, I had a plan and then worked the plan," Conners said. "My five year plan was met in three years, so every three years I made a five year plan."

Although the players are competing for a title and a $20,000 top prize they all know that this event means more than just that. 

All of the funds raised are donated to The Rose, a Houston-based organization that helps women who can’t afford breast care treatment or mammograms, and the Huntsman Group, a cancer research facility based in Utah.

"Taking care of the players was the main objective of the event but I've found that the players have taken care of me,"  Conners said.

"Together, hand and hand, we have grown this event. I have a theory that without the players, we don’t have a pro-am. Without the pro-am, we don’t raise money for the charity. With the the added support of all the sponsors and volunteers the event continues to reach new heights every year. I am so honored and forever grateful to all."

Storm Products have been proud sponsors of the event since 2002

We're proud to support the event in every way possible. In 2019, Storm joined forces with recent Donna Conners, to initiate our 2019 Paint the Lanes Pink™ campaign by offering 300 Limited-Edition !Q Tour 20™  bowling balls.

An exclusive club of 300 supporters have added one of these Limited-Edition !Q Tour 20 bowling balls to their collection. The Chrismans also elected to donate all the manufacturing costs to ensure the full $90,000 raised will go towards helping someone in the future.

"I'm truly speechless," Conners said. "It was an opportunity to raise money for the foundation that even I could not have planned for. I'm so thankful to Storm."

The tournament will be part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour and will stream live on FloBowling.

Teams will be split into four squads and bowl one 7-game round on Friday and Saturday. The top 40 teams will bowl another 5-game qualifying round Sunday. The field will be cut to the top eight teams who will advance to an 8-game round-robin match play final round.

For a complete roster of teams entered, click here. To learn more about FloBowling subscription prices and to watch live all weekend visit FloBowling.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. 


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.


Demore Rolls 878 with !Q Tour Emerald

Can you imagine walking into the bowling center for league night and rolling 35 strikes? This week, Blake Demore did just that!

Demore, 29, bowled games of 300, 278, 300 for an 878 series on Monday, June 3, at Enterprise Park Lanes. This was the first 300 game and/or 800 series bowled with the new !Q Tour Emerald. His last shot of the set were filmed and can be viewed here.

“It felt like any other league night but if felt different after the first 300 game,” Demore said. “I almost felt like I couldn’t miss my target at the arrows. I felt confident more than normal throughout the night.”

A member of our Storm Staff Team, Demore, has been bowling since he was five years old, He graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Business Administration and opened his own pro shop, Blake’s Next Level Pro Shop in 2006.

At his Pro Shop, Demore works hard to deliver exceptional service. He shares his knowledge with his customers recommending bowling balls that will fit best in their bag and introducing young people to the sport of bowling. He coaches youth and high school players in the area so that they can improve and grow to love bowling. In addition, he is always working to improve his game so he can compete on the highest levels. He joined the Professional Bowlers Association in 2015 and has one PBA Regional Title. He has more than 30 300 games (including one PBA 300 game) and 11 800 series.

When he stepped on the lanes for league at Enterprise Park Lanes, Demore was hoping to discover how the new !Q Tour Emerald rolled so that he could share his thoughts with his customers prior to the June release. The !Q has become a staple in bowlers of all levels all over the globe and serves as a benchmark ball in many players bags.

“I was very surprised at how well the ball rolled," Demore said. "How clean it was through the heads, how well it read the midlane and how it went through the pins.”

As the striking continued for Demore, his friends at league and being able to watch the playoff hockey game on TV with his teammates helped him keep his mind clear while his success continued.

“I really didn’t feel nervous until the last shot of game three because I had a chance to tie the house record,” Demore said. "It really didn't hit me until I woke up the next morning when I saw all the posts, messages, and notifications on Facebook."

After his scores were recorded and the applause, high fives, and hugs from his fellow league members concluded there were a few people he couldn’t wait to tell about his achievement.

"I wanted to tell my Mom and Dad," Demore said. "I was also really wanting to tell my brother, Spencer, and my friend, John, who have helped me get back into being myself mentally again. I feel very proud achieving this moment in my bowling career.”

Demore will hit the lanes for two PBA Regionals in Minnesota and will continue to compete as much as he can throughout the summer.

You can visit your local Storm VIP Pro Shop to pre-order the !Q Tour Emerald which is available worldwide June 21. Learn more about this new gem here.


Prather Wins PBA Playoffs for 100K ; Ng and Bond Win on PWBA Tour

Kris Prather Wins 100K in PBA Playoffs Championships

Kris Prather may have never experienced the bowling fans in Maine prior to the 2019 PBA Tour Season but we don’t think he’ll ever forget it. Prather defeated Bill O’Neill to win the inaugural PBA Playoffs Championships and earned the $100,000 first prize Sunday at Bayside Bowl.

“These fans are incredible,” Prather said in the PBA News Release. “I never thought I’d be accepted into a place I’m not from, like I have been in Portland. You hear about how enthusiastic these fans are, but you don’t really know until you experience this place.”

Prather who earned his first PBA Tour title in the PBA Scorpion Championship during the PBA World Series of Bowling X qualified into the 24-player match play elimination competition as the ninth seed.

The PBA Tour aired live on Fox Sports Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, Prather defeated Anthony Simonsen in the “Race to 2 Points.” Prather won the first game 217-179 while Simonsen won the second game 247-216 forcing a two-frame roll-off. Prather won the roll-off 49-40.

Prather, a Roto Grip staffer, used a combination of the IDOL and IDOL Pearl in the TV Finals.

 

“When I came out on tour, I didn’t treat it as a job and it showed,” Prather said. “I hope people can see how much I’ve matured over the past five years, and it’s really having an impact on the success I’m having.”

Shayna NG Wins Second PWBA Tour Title

On Saturday, Shayna Ng defeated Missy Parkin in the finals to take home her second PWBA Title at the PWBA Sonoma County Open.

Ng averaged 217 through the 30 games of qualifying and chose to throw her Hy-Road X through most of the tournament. She earned the second seed and in her first match on tv defeated Stefanie Johnson 267 – 204.She moved on to face the tournament leader, defeating Parkin 259- 237. She chose to throw the Code X in her final round.

“I had my ups and downs, but when it comes down to just one final game, it’s really anybody’s game and I was fortunate to have matched up to the lanes better and earlier.” Ng said in the PWBA News Release.

Though Team Singapore will return to Singapore to compete in the Singapore Open the rest of Team Storm will travel to Arizona for the PWBA Tucson Open.

 

Julia Bond Wins Second PWBA Regional Title

PWBA Rookie, Julia Bond is having a summer to remember. He recent University of Nebraska graduate picked up her PWBA card and has already added two PWBA Regional titles to her list of achievements.

Four Team Storm players qualified for the stepladder finals at the PWBA Sonoma County Regional at Double Decker Lanes. Bond earned the top seed averaging 207.6. Fellow PWBA Rookie, Gazmine Mason earned the second seed, Kayla Bandy earned the third seed, while Stephanie Schwartz rounded out the top four. Schwartz climbed the ladder to face Bond in the title match. In the finals, Bond defeated Schwartz 203-178 using a Roto Grip HALO Pearl.

“I know it can be tough, and I know that not every week you can make the cut or take home that title, but it’s nice when it does work out,” Bond said in the PWBA Release.

“It’s not the first time I’ve bowled against these ladies, but it’s a different environment. I was a little nervous, but having this early success makes me feel like I made a good choice after graduation.”

Bond has been a consistent force since joining the PWBA Tour in Nebraska. She finished seventh in the PWBA Lincoln Open and sixth in the PWBA Sonoma County Open.

A bonus for winning, Bond and fellow Team Storm member Elise Bolton have earned their spots in the Go Bowling! PWBA Regional Showdown which will air August 24 on CBS Sports Network.

To learn more about all of the members of Team Storm visit our Storm Athletes section here.

To learn more about our Squad RG players check out the Staff Section here. 

 

 


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!


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.


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