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. 

 

 


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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Collegiate Standout | Daniel Hanson | Robert Morris University

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Name: Daniel Hanson
School: Robert Morris University- IL
Location of school: Chicago Illinois
Year in School: Junior


What is your favorite part of collegiate bowling?

My favorite part of collegiate bowling has to be the team feeling. My teammates have become a second family to me and I can always count on them for anything.

What is your preparation routine before a big event?

Practice 4-5 days a week for an hour to an hour and a half each time.

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

Tuesday-Thursday from 2:30 to 5:00 pm with optional practices on Monday and Friday's

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

Teamwork is breaking the lanes down as a team, and always trusting one another. Another key to teamwork is a lot of communication and understanding how one person see's a lane differently than another but using the information given to make the best decisions possible.

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

You have to have both. One is not more important than the other. If you have an amazing physical game and no mental game you will never dominate, if you have an amazing mental game but not the best physical game you will never dominate either. The best bowlers in the world have to have both or they would never make it on the tour.

How does Storm (or Roto) and their products help you and your team?

Roto Grip helps our program by providing us with the best equipment in the sport. Having the best equipment in the sport gives us a big advantage against our competitors. Roto Grip has a wide variety of shapes that match up to college patterns phenomenally.

What is your life like as a collegiate athlete?

I wake up at 8:30 am, cook some breakfast and get ready for class at 10 am. From 10 am to 2 pm i'm in class. After class I take the train and bus to practice, usually that takes about 45 minutes to an hour, so by 3pm, I'm at the bowing alley practicing until 5 pm. After that we take the hour bus and train back to the apartment and cook dinner around 6:30 pm. By the time I'm done with cooking and eating dinner it's about 7:30pm and then I start my homework for the night. If it's a little homework night I'll be done by 10pm and watch some tv until I go to sleep but if it's a busy night of homework I won't get done until 12 am. I'm usually in bed by 12:30am everyday


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

Our varsity team all practices on the same pair of lanes everyday. Each of us is working on our own game but the others are watching and helping each other out. Our coach DJ Hayes is always behind somebody helping them understanding something new everyday. Right around February we start to do bakers everyday and start practicing Monday-Friday.

Are there mandatory workouts at your program? If no, how do you stay fit?

We do not have any mandatory workouts, but most of us live in the same building downtown and it has a gym. For us it's all on your own but if you do not take care of your body you will never reach your full potential, just like in every other sport.

How close/far is/are the practice facilities?

From the school it is a 10-15 minute drive, or up to an hour depending on Chicago traffic , but if you don't have a car it is a train ride and then you connect to a bus. Depending on how well you connect the 2 it could be as little as 40 minutes or it could take you up to and hour and 20 minutes.

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

Our teams are very interactive off of the lanes but when we are practicing we only practice 1 or 2 times a month together. The other days in the month the girls do there own thing and the guys do there own thing.

What is your favorite Storm bowling ball? Why?

My favorite Storm bowing ball has to be the Torrent. I love my Torrent because for me it is such a benchmark ball that rolls nice and even. Also it is the ball that helped me place 6th individually at the Hoosier this year and got me to the ISC for the 2nd year in a row.

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

I make picking my arsenal for college tournaments really simple.

1. Strong smooth ball
2. Weak smooth ball
3. Weak angular ball
4. Strong angular ball
5. My favorite ball

What is it like competing against friends on opposing teams?

It's really fun! I've known some of these guys since I was 10 and to grow up with them and experience college bowing together is a true blessing. It's always nice to have bragging rights if you win, but the friendships you make in bowling are like nothing else and they will create life long friends, and that's the important thing.

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

Yes it is possible, some kids work nights after practice from like 6-10 or shifts, or some work on Monday and Friday's when we don't have practice.

What's the funniest thing that has happened in college bowling?'

All of our van rides to and from tournaments always have some funny moments in them. The best was on our way to a tournament and Michael Martell was sleeping in the first row of the van. We are driving down the road and a tow truck was hauling a semi so that the semi was facing us. On the count of 3 we all screamed so that Michael would wake up and when he did he started freaking out because he thought the semi was coming right at us. That was a great laugh.

What's one thing that a high school bowler should know before going into college that may surprise them?

Learn time management skills in high school. You will use time management more than you would ever imagine.