Kyle Troup Extends Agreement with Storm

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products announced today that Kyle Troup has signed a contract extension.

Troup, a 3-Time PBA Champion, has become one of the most recognizable Team Storm players competing on the PBA Tour. In 2019, he finished 13th on the PBA Tour Points. He finished fourth in the PBA Scorpion Championship and third in PBA Players Championship. In addition, he helped the Portland Lumberjacks win the PBA League Elias Cup. Troup bowled successfully on the PBA Tour in the United States and also traveled around the world to compete in international competition.

“I am very excited and blessed with the opportunity to further my career with the Storm family.” Troup said. “Storm was the first company I signed a contract with back in 2016. They have treated me like family and been a huge part in my success. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Troup has grown up through the sport of bowling. As a child, he watched his father compete on the PBA Tour and developed a passion for competing. Though his father delivered the ball with one hand, Troup started at such a young age he needed both hands to carry the ball. He shattered youth records and was one of the youngest members of the North Carolina All Stars Team.  As he grew, his two-handed style remained, and his success continued. At 18, he bowled his firs PBA Regional and by 19 he had earned his first PBA Regional Tour Title.

Kyle is a wonderful ambassador for the sport of bowling on and off the lanes” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said. “He competes fiercely and treats people with respect, two things we appreciate at Storm. We are excited to continue our relationship for years to come.

Troup is dedicated to his craft on the lanes but spends his time making appearances around the world representing Storm Products. In January, Troup was featured in Sports Illustrated as “The Only Professional Bowler You Need to Know.” He was the featured guest who spent the weekend at the NASCAR Go Bowling at the Glen Race where he spent the weekend meeting fans and teaching some of the racers some new tricks. He continued his travels as an ambassador for Storm through the summer greeting pro shops at Industry Trade Shows and also met with bowlers at the Underground Bowling Association (UBA) Battle Bowl. Additionally, Troup spent Memorial Day weekend at the Storm Youth Championships in Smyrna, Tennessee. He helped educate young bowlers through our Q&A and seminars. He also spent time with the families playing whiffle ball at a party for all the participants at the park. He helped make the experience more meaningful for all the families who were in attendance and parents agreed that he was a great ambassador for the sport.

Troup is one of the rising talents on the PBA Tour and it’s an honor that he has chosen to continue to represent Storm Products in his career.


Ronnie Russell Joins Team Storm

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is excited to announce that Ronnie Russell has joined Team Storm.

Russell has been a member of the Professional Bowling Association since 2003 and has earned four career PBA Tour Titles.

"We're thrilled to bring a talented player with big goals and support him in his journey to achieve these aspirations," Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said.

Russell is a true professional with many talents. In addition to his dedication to the sport of bowling, he also is an accomplished golfer and skilled guitar player and songwriter. When not competing, Russell works as a Product Specialist supporting pro shops and spreading his passion for the sport of bowling throughout his territory of Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

"Joining Storm Bowling is the top of the mountain for me," Russell said. "I wish I could explain how excited I am for 2020 and the rest of my career! Watching Storm's winning ways on Tour has me feeling like I’m 20 years old again. I know I’ll be a part of it again."

Russell is often traveling but when he’s able to be home, he enjoys spending time with his wife Michelle, and children Cayden, Cameron, and Taylor. He spends time sharing his love for the sport with his son Cayden who rolled his second 300 game with Storm Products this season.

Russell currently resides in Marion, Indiana.

 


Francois Lavoie Wins 2019 U.S. Open

Just 12 bowlers have been able to wear that coveted green jacket multiple times.

On Wednesday night, Francois Lavoie joined that class of champions by earning his second U.S. Open Title at Victory Lanes in Morresville, North Carolina.

In the final match, Lavoie defeated Sean Rash, 221-172 to win the title and $30,000 top prize. This is his fourth career PBA Tour title and second major.

“I realized a childhood dream when I won my first PBA major in 2016,” Lavoie said. “Since then, there have been some good times and some bad times. Earlier this year, times were tough. But I'm so glad we were able to turn things around and end the 2019 season with a huge win. A few years apart, different hairstyles, but still the same US Open green jacket. Feels surreal at the moment. My whole body is sore and I'm exhausted, but it's well worth it when this is the end result.”

After qualifying, Lavoie earned the #2 seed for the stepladder finals which were broadcast live on CBS Sports. In his first match, Lavoie faced Team Roto Grip athlete, Anthony Simonsen. The brutal lane conditions proved to be a challenge as both athletes tried to fill frames and stay consistent through the match. Lavoie stayed clean to defeat Simonsen 214-164 to advance to the title match.

In the final match, Lavoie started with five consecutive strikes adding a little extra pressure as his opponent snuggled to get comfortable.

"I had a hard time getting my hand to do what I wanted to get the right ball motion, but we stuck with it and stayed in it," Lavoie said in the official USBC Press Release. "Throwing the front five in the final game was huge, especially since our plan was just to try to hit the 1-3 every time. That pair was really hard."

Throughout the event he consistently filled frames on the demanding conditions which allowed him to rise to the top of the leaderboards and eventually win the title.

The U.S. Open was the final major of the 2019 PBA Tour season. The 2020 PBA Tour Season kicks off in January for the PBA Hall of Fame Classic in Arlington TX. To view the full schedule visit pba.com.

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In addition, Storm Products joined Logo Infusion to create the 2019 Storm USA Collection where fans at home can add an All-American themed jersey to their collection to honor the most challenging event of the PBA Tour season. To view the full collection, click here.

 

 


Team Storm at the 2019 US Open

It’s official! The field at the 2019 US Open has completed 56 games on four challenging conditions at Victory Lanes and three Storm and Roto Grip athletes have qualified for the stepladder finals.

The top five PBA bowlers who qualified will bowl live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday at 8 pm Eastern.

Francois Lavoie earned the #2 seed after qualifying averaging 212 for the tournament. He used a combination of the Phaze II, Hy-Road, All-Road, and Roto Grip IDOL.

Photo Credit: USBC

“It’s a great feeling being back on TV,” Lavoie said. “’I’ve had some struggles earlier in the year, but I’ve worked through them and I feel much better physically and mentally at the moment. It’s a win in itself to put up such a good performance in such a demanding tournament. Now I have two games to go after another title.”

Jason Belmonte finished second the final round to earn the #3 seed. Belmonte, a 22-time PBA Tour champion will be bowling for his 12th major title and first US Open title. Earlier this season, Belmonte won the 2019 PBA World Championship to move past PBA Hall of Famers Earl Anthony and Pete Weber on the all-time major list. Belmonte used a combination of the Pitch Black, Hy-Road Nano, Hy-Road and Roto Grip IDOL Pearl.

Photo Credit: Jason Belmonte

“Making the US Open TV show is extremely rewarding,” Belmonte said. “It is a tournament that requires the best of you and I’m happy to have done enough to get this far. The job however is not done. Time to bowl the best games of my life for the title. It’s the ultimate test in bowling.”

Anthony Simonsen will join these two players to represent the brands of Storm and Roto Grip. He earned the #5 seed after qualifying and has the opportunity to become the youngest player to win three majors. He used a combination of the Phaze II, !Q Tour Emerald, Alpha Crux, and Roto Grip HALO to qualify for the show.

Photo Credit: PBA Tour

"In all my years, on Tour this was definitely the most demanding event I have ever worked," Jim Callahan, Storm PBA Tour Manager said. "The players that could repeat their speed control and launch angle definitely excelled. History can be made tonight. I'm looking forward to a great night!"

Team Storm and Roto Grip had several top finishers amongst the field of 144 players and we’re proud of how hard our athletes worked all week on the challenging conditions.

In addition, Storm Products joined Logo Infusion to create the 2019 Storm USA Collection where fans at home can add an All-American themed jersey to their collection to honor the most challenging event of the PBA Tour season. To view the full collection, click here.

The 2020 PBA Tour Season kicks off in January for the PBA Hall of Fame Classic in Arlington TX. To view the full schedule visit pba.com.

 

 


US Open Spotlight | Brad Miller

Are you ready? The 2019 US Open, considered one of the most challenging events of the year, begins next week at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Our Team Storm players have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming event. Over the course of the week the players who make it to the TV finals will bowl 56 games on challenging conditions.

Team Storm Athlete, Brad Miller, recently visited Storm Headquarters and rolled some of the latest releases. You can watch his review of the new All-Road on the Official Storm YouTube Channel by clicking here. So far in 2019, he’s in 18th in points on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour Point list. Brad Miller and Kyle Sherman are also hosting a 10-Day Bowling Ball Giveaway on their website and you can sign-up to win here.

Want to learn more about Brad Miller? Here’s five fast facts with Brad:

What's your favorite song right now? 

Rebel Girl - Angel and Airwaves

What are the Storm or Roto Grip Bowling Balls you refuse to leave at home?

Phaze II, IDOL, and IDOL Pearl

What’s something people might not know about you?

I was a competitive soccer player before a bowler.

What are some of the things you are doing to prep for the upcoming US Open?

I worked with Coach Jasnau to get my hand on the inside of the ball and my head not moving when I release the ball.

Do you have a favorite memory from a Pro-Am?

When I was a kid, I had the front 8 in my hometown Pro-Am. It was on the tournament pattern and I felt like the coolest person ever.

If you’re in the area, plan a trip to the US Open and you’ll be able watch the greatest players in the world attack the most demanding event. Victory Lanes, in partnership with the Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau will also be hosting a Pro-Am where fans can bowl with some of their favorite players. There will be two squads and an exclusive Storm VIP Pro-Am on October 24. For more information visit this website. If you’re interested in signing up, please contact Victory Lanes at 704-664-2695.

Stay tuned to the Storm Blog and our Storm Social Media Channels for more news from the 2019 US Open event!


The SYC Returns for a Weekend on the Beach

When the Storm Youth Championships was created one of the main goals was to give every bowler in the field a welcoming environment to learn, build friendships, and have fun on and off the lanes throughout the weekend.

The SYC Coastal Classic has always been one of the events where youth bowlers build new friendships, compete, learn and explore the beach together. The 2019 SYC Tour had a mixture of new bowling communities as well as some we’ve visited in past years to help welcome families from all across the United States! It’s fun to introduce new bowlers to the SYC Family and watch their friendships grow. Through modern technology and all of the youth bowling opportunities, these athletes can stay connected and support each other even after the event is complete.

As the calendar turned to October...

192 youth bowlers and their families packed up their bags and traveled to the SYC Coastal Classic on October 4-6. The event was held in two bowling centers, Little River Lanes in Little River, South Carolina and Planet Fun in Shallotte, North Carolina. The staff at both bowling centers helped ensure that the event ran smoothly from start to finish.

All SYC athletes competed in two rounds on two challenging lane conditions designed by KEGEL. Each round consisted of five games and the tournament is composed of five different divisions determined by gender and age (U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, and U12). The top three bowlers in each round were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal.

After both rounds were complete, each division was cut in half and those competitors who advanced returned to bowl five additional games on Sunday morning on a new pattern.

After the third round of competition was complete, tournament champions in each division based on their total pinfall were awarded the SYC Shield Trophy, a banner, and a gold medal. In addition, the SYC awarded $17,325 in scholarships to the youth bowlers.

This field included 17 past SYC Champions, several past Junior Gold champions, members of Junior Team USA, and other talented athletes from all over the United States. In addition, there were many bowlers competing in their first SYC and some who were competing in their very first tournament. It’s fun to watch the younger players watch the older players compete in the same field and start to learn about tournament competition.

Competing in his very first Storm Youth Championships event, Donaven Kline of New Jersey earned the title in the U12 Division. Henry Hind, of Tennessee, earned the silver overall medal and Bradyn Brogan joined both boys on the podium earning the bronze overall medal.

Victoria Varano commanded the U15 girls division, finishing 280 pins ahead of the silver medalist to claim her first SYC title. Rachel Moore earned the silver overall medal and Jenna Hedgepath earned the bronze overall medal. In the U15 boys division, Jacob Ballenger of Georgia, finished 13 pins ahead of the defending champion Brandon Bohn. Two-time SYC champion, Rylan Breese earned the bronze overall medal.

The competition in the U20 division was fierce. No stranger to competition, Jr. Team USA member, Kamerin Peters, stayed consistent through all three rounds of competition to claim her first SYC title. Lara Kurt, who bowled her new high game (279) on the long pattern earned the silver overall medal and SYC Champion, Melanie Katen, averaged 202 in the final round of competition to take home the bronze overall medal.

 

Winning a title at the Storm Youth Championships isn’t easy.

It requires you to be consistent on multiple challenging patterns sometimes at multiple centers. In three years, we only have three players who have earned five or more SYC titles. At the 2019 SYC Coastal Classic, Spencer Robarge took home his seventh SYC title. Robarge supports his fellow competitors throughout the competition and constantly works to welcome younger players to the event. Joining Robarge on the podium was overall silver medalist Ethan McDonald and overall bronze medalists Nolan Blessing.

In addition to the competition, USBC Hall of Fame member, Kelly Kulick led the SYC Players through a Fitness FUNdamentals seminar with fellow Team Storm Player Chris Via demonstrating proper techniques for simple exercises youth players could incorporate into their routines.

Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm Crux Prime bowling ball and had the option to have it drilled by the pro shop staff at Planet Fun or Little River Lanes. Many youth bowlers had their Crux Prime ready for the practice sessions. Two practice sessions were held on Friday afternoon and the evening concluded with the popular SYC Beach Party in Ocean Isle, NC.  The awesome staff at Planet Fun hosted a delicious BBQ for our SYC families while the bowlers met new friends, collected shells, played frisbee, corn hole and other games on a beautiful evening at the beach.

SYC Bowlers are featured in different ways throughout the weekend. The SYC bowlers were also invited to submit a name for each KEGEL oil pattern prior to the start of competition and were announced at the event. Austin Tungate chose the name for the Long Oil Pattern at Little River, Grand Strand, and Harrison Martin chose the name of the Medium Oil Pattern at Planet Fun, Riptide. SYC Bowler, Jillian Martin impressed the field by playing the National Anthem on her trumpet before the start of competition at Planet Fun on Saturday.

Our SYC Apparel partners, Logo Infusion, have created the Dan Keegan Scholarship for youth bowlers to earn scholarship to use towards their education throughout the year. The Logo Infusion Team were on site with SYC Gear and awarded two scholarships to SYC athletes based on their sportsmanship throughout the weekend. The winners were Parker Laubach and Brooklyn Gagnon.

Giving back is an important part of the SYC and bowlers come together to raise funds all weekend long for Ballard vs. the Big “C” which supports continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck and throat cancer through the sport of bowling. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Del Ballard Jr., as well as their daughter Alyssa, joined us for the event. SYC families contributed to the cause through raffles and a silent auction in addition to the $10 donation that is contributed directly to BVBC from every entry.

This tournament would not be possible without the generous donation from all of our sponsors, Storm, Roto Grip, Logo Infusion, Kegel, 3G Shoes, Ballard’s Bowling Academy and Bowlers Journal International. Families were able to learn more about all of our sponsors throughout the event. Storm and the Ballard’s Bowling Academy partnered to host a BBA Surface Maintenance Center in the player’s room so that the athletes could clean and prepare their bowling balls for competition.

Friends and family can come to cheer on their favorite youth athlete in person or virtually through the Storm Facebook Channel. Every game of the event was livestreamed on Facebook. Storm Team Members share insights about the event and youth bowlers through commentary.

Scores were updated live each game through the official scoring system of the Storm Youth Championships, BowlMetrix. For final results of all rounds of competition visit this page.

The full 2020 SYC Tour will be announced soon. The first event will take place at the South Point Bowling Plaza in February. For more information on the SYC visit the Storm SYC page at www.stormbowling.com/SYC.

 

 


The SYC Travels to Wichita

Determination. Dedication. Success. Tradition. Legacy. Excellence.

These are a few words that come to mind when thinking about the bowling community in Wichita, Kansas. Home to bowlers known around the world and collegiate bowling programs that have developed bowlers who have won on every level.

The Storm Youth Championships invited athletes and their families to travel to Wichita to experience the tradition of excellence in this community. A sold-out field filled Northrock Lanes making new friends and knocking down as many pins as they could throughout the weekend. Northrock Lanes is the largest bowling center in the state of Kansas and their staff have hosted a variety of PBA, PWBA, and youth events throughout the years. The DeSocio Family, General Manager, Brent Bowers, and the entire team helped to create a welcoming environment for all the participants and their families. Their support of the SYC made our event run efficiently from start to finish.

The SYC athletes competed in three rounds on three challenging lane conditions designed by KEGEL. Each round consisted of five games and the tournament is composed of five different divisions determined by gender and age (U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, and a U12 Mixed Division).The top three bowlers in each round were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal. After both rounds were complete, the tournament champions in each division based on their total pinfall were awarded the SYC Shield Trophy, a banner, and a gold medal. In addition, the SYC awarded $13,025 in scholarships to the youth bowlers.

L to R: Northrock Lanes Owner Cathy DeSocio, Morgan Nunn, Spencer Robarge, Braden McDonough, Katelyn Abigania, Lucas Hersrud, GM Brent Bowers

The talent at the SYC in every age division is impressive but watching the bowlers in the U12 Division compete with solid fundamentals and a true love for the game is pretty inspiring. These young athletes build friendships on the lanes all weekend that travel beyond the end of the tournament. Braden McDonough averaged 198 for the weekend to capture the top award in the U12 division, his first SYC title. This young man bowled exceptional throughout the weekend but truly excelled on the medium pattern where he bowled games of 266, 225, 207, 236, and 226. Did we mention he is just 11 years old? Blaine Canfield and Bradyn Brogan joined McDonough on the podium for the silver and bronze overall medals.

As these athletes continue to grow and progress, they are eager to learn as much as they can. The athletes in the U15 division illustrate this. The boy’s division was a close race for the overall medals. Lucas Hersrud had a strong showing on the short pattern and stayed consistent through the next two rounds to earn his first SYC title and banner. Bud Sicard earned the silver and Joshua Abigania earned the bronze medal. In the girl’s division, Katelyn Abigania picked up her second SYC title, leading her division by 110 pins. Rachel Moore earned the silver and Jenna Hedgepath joined them on the podium to earn the bronze.

The athletes in the U20 division continue to collect knowledge and experience every time they step on the lanes. In the boy’s division, Spencer Robarge launched the event by rolling games of 247, 269, and 289 for an 805 series. He maintained his lead throughout the weekend and earned his sixth SYC title finishing 267 pins ahead of the sliver medalist, Brandon Bonta. Casen Stickler joined these two young men on the podium earning the bronze medal.

Honor Scores: Morgan Nunn was the only SYC bowler to throw a 300 game and Spencer Robarge bowled an 805 series.

In the girl’s division, Morgan Nunn created some excitement in game two of round three when she delivered 12 perfect strikes to bowl the only 300 game of the event. This was her first perfect game and propelled her to the top of the standings in her division. She kept her nerves under control and finished the block with a 225 average to earn her first SYC title. Raina Davis earned the silver and Melanie Katen earned the bronze in the U20 girl’s division.

In addition to the tournament, bowlers were truly treated to a full program of optional activities on Friday. USBC OC Champion and PBA Champion Matt McNiel hosted a seminar about how technology affects the sport of bowling. He joined 27-time PWBA Champion, Leanne Hulsenberg and 20-time PWBA Champion, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard for a Q&A Segment where youth bowlers and their families could ask questions and learn more about the life of a professional bowler.

Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm Super Son!Q and had the option to have their new ball drilled at Wichita Bowling Supply with Billy Murphy and his staff. Many bowlers took advantage of this option to add this ball to their bags in time for the practice session where all three KEGEL patterns were made available.

L to R: Harley Shene, Blake Martin, David Jepsen, Brooklyn Gagnon

We truly try to feature bowlers throughout the weekend in as many ways possible. Past champions are recognized throughout the weekend and award winners are celebrated. One SYC Bowler, Madi Phillips, volunteered to sing the National Anthem prior to the start of competition. The SYC bowlers were also invited to submit a name for each KEGEL oil pattern prior to the start of competition and were announced at the event. The winners were Harley Shene who named the short pattern Carolyn’s Castle, Blake Martin and David Jepsen who named the medium pattern Keeper of the Plains and Brooklyn Gagnon who named the long pattern, Shockwave.

Our SYC Apparel partners, Logo Infusion, have created the Dan Keegan Scholarship for youth bowlers to earn scholarship to use towards their education throughout the year. The Logo Infusion Team were on site with SYC Gear and awarded two scholarships to SYC athletes based on their sportsmanship throughout the weekend. The winners were Amani Moore and Samuel Calderon.

The SYC Families were also invited to join the coaches from Wichita State University and Newman University for a seminar and Q&A about college bowling. They shared an inside look at the world of college bowling and youth bowlers had the opportunity to ask any questions they could think of. The students of Wichita State University hosted an optional party for the SYC bowlers to attend later that evening. The WSU Team provided games for the SYC bowlers, the bowlers could explore campus and the team set up a booth where the athletes could learn more about college life.

This tournament would not be possible without the generous donation from all of our sponsors, Storm, Roto Grip, Logo Infusion, Kegel, 3G Shoes, Ballard’s Bowling Academy and Bowlers Journal International. Families were able to learn more about all of our sponsors throughout the event. Storm and the Ballard’s Bowling Academy partnered to host a BBA Surface Maintenance Center in the player’s room so that the athletes could clean and prepare their bowling balls for competition.

We choose to align our SYC tournament with a charity close to the Storm family. The SYC event supported BVBC also known as Ballard vs. the Big “C.” BVBC raises funds for continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck, and throat cancer through the sport of bowling. The president of BVBC, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard joined us for the event. SYC families contributed to the cause through raffles and a silent auction in addition to the $10 donation that is contributed directly to BVBC from every entry.

Friends and family can come to cheer on their favorite youth athlete in person or virtually through the Storm Facebook Channel. Every game of the event was livestreamed on Facebook. Storm Team Members share insights about the event and youth bowlers through commentary.

For final results of all rounds of competition visit this page.

For more information on the SYC visit the Storm SYC page at www.stormbowling.com/SYC.


Rookie Julia Bond Shines On PWBA Tour

Don’t let the term Rookie fool you. Julia Bond has proven that she’s a fierce competitor in her first season on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour.

In her first full season on tour, Bond has picked up two PWBA Regional Titles, earned a spot in the PWBA Elite Field (top 24 in season points) based on her performance on the PWBA Tour, and won the PWBA Regional Showdown which aired on CBS Sports August 24.

Photo Credit: PWBA Tour

Our PWBA Tour Manager, Mike DeVaney, and all those who work with our Team Storm players have been impressed by Bond’s thirst for knowledge and dedication to the sport. Bond had a very strong youth bowling career earning titles at local, state, and national levels. She represented Junior Team USA from 2014-2017 and Team USA from 2017-2019 earning several medals and competed collegiately at the University of Nebraska where she was a member of the 2015 National Championship team. She was also named the 2015 NCAA Bowling Championship Most Outstanding Bowler.

“Julia continues to prove that she will be a force on the PWBA in the upcoming seasons,” DeVaney said. “Some early marks of her success- earning Elite status, winning multiple regional events including the regional showdown, and multiple top 10 finishes all point to this. As Julia continues to build her foundation, her trajectory is high. I fully expect her to be in the winner’s circle on the PWBA tour sooner than later and I am excited to support her in that quest!”

The ladies of Team Storm and Roto Grip were represented well on the 2019 PWBA Regional Circuit. Each one-day PWBA Regional tournament was paired with a national PWBA Tour event where bowlers competed in eight games of qualifying before cutting the field to four for the stepladder finals. The champions of the first four events qualified for the Go Bowling! PWBA Regional Showdown.

“The PWBA Regionals simply provide another avenue of competition for women bowlers,” said PWBA Director of Operations Tennelle Milligan in the PWBA Press Release regarding the Regional Program. “With a lower cost, bowlers can see what it takes to compete on challenging conditions and get a glimpse of the PWBA experience.”

At the first event of the season, Elise Bolton of Florida earned the PWBA Greater Cleveland Regional title. Julia Bond of Illinois picked up the next two titles at the PWBA Sonoma County Regional and PWBA Lincoln Regional. Gazmine Mason of Rhode Island picked up the title at the PWBA East Hartford Regional. The final regional title of the season went to KT Simpson at the PWBA Orlando Regional.

Photo Credit: PWBA Tour

Bolton, Bond, and Mason all qualified for the PWBA Regional Showdown based on their performances in the first four PWBA Regional Events of the season. Kayla Bandy of Maryland earned the fourth position based on her accumulated prize winnings in PWBA regional competition.

In the first match, Mason faced Bolton. Bolton stayed clean through the early parts of the match while Mason had two opens. Mason threw the final six strikes to defeat Bolton 217-214.

The second match paired Bond against Kayla Bandy in a close match. Bandy could have defeated Bond by 1 pin had she struck out in the 10th frame. Delivering a strike on her first shot, she was stopped by a 10 pin. Bond defeated Bandy 214-204.

The title match was a two-game total pinfall competition between former collegiate teammates, Bond and Mason. Bond defeated Mason 441-420 to take home the PWBA Regional Showdown Title.

 

Though her rookie season is wrapping up, we caught up with Julia to discuss her first year on tour and what she’s looking forward to in the future.

Photo Credit: PWBA Tour

Tell us a little about your first full season on the PWBA Tour. What were your goals going into the season?

Overall, I’m proud of my first season. I made a few cuts and got to participate in some of the regionals. Going into this season my goals were to learn and absorb as much information as possible. I wanted to make sure I internalized my experiences so I could use that information for the rest of my career.

Tell us about how it felt to be bowling on TV for the Regional Showdown?

Naturally I felt nervous. This event meant a lot to me and I wanted to perform well. However, through the nerves I was excited. I was happy to be there and happy to have the opportunity to show what I got.

What balls did you use on the show?

On the show I used the !Q Emerald and the Halo Pearl.

You competed at several PWBA Regionals this season. What do you feel is the difference between these events and a main PWBA Tour event?

For me personally I tried to treat them as similar as possible. Everyone is there to win and I’ve learned to never underestimate people.

What advice do you have for women who might not be ready to bowl the PWBA Tour stops but want to compete in the regionals?

My advice would be to just go for it. It’s a wonderful opportunity. I know it can be intimidating but I think that’s what’s great about it. It helps give you that nudge out of your comfort zone. I think every athlete can benefit from being pushed outside their comfort zone.

What advice do you have for college players who are ready to make the jump to the PWBA Tour?

My advice for college players who are ready to take the plunge would be to take your experience you learned from college and be prepared to expand them. Things that worked in college may not work out here, and that’s ok. That’s the learning process. Also, learn to be your own #1 fan. It’s awesome having a team behind you but you’re all you got out here. Learn how to push yourself.

What has been the hardest part about competing on the PWBA Tour?

The hardest part for me have been the weeks where I felt like I did everything right and made the best shots I could, and they still weren’t enough. It was tough to process but it was something I had to face. I think the emotional/mental lessons are the hardest, but I believe they’ll make me stronger.

What is your goal for the rest of the season?

My goal for the rest of the season is to give it my all. I want to end on a positive note. I want people to be excited about my next season as much as I am.

What are your plans for after the PWBA Tour wraps up?

After the tour wraps up, I plan on working on my game in the off season. After I graduated college I jumped right into the tour and there’s some things I want to clean up. I’m already making plans for next year!

 

Bond's determination to improve and commitment to her game is something that can't be taught. It's something that a player feels in their heart and believes in their soul. We're proud that Bond chooses to be a member of Team Storm and can't wait to see all that she will accomplish in her career. 

 

UP NEXT ON THE PWBA TOUR, THE LADIES TRAVEL TO BUFFALOE LANES NORTH IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA FOR THE QUBICAAMF PWBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP SEPTEMBER 3-8.


Burkett Wins First PBA Regional Title

Team Storm Staff Member, John Burkett, won his first Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Regional Title at the PBA Houston Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge. According to the PBA he is also the first former Major League Baseball player to win a PBA title at any level.


Burkett said he used his HALO Vision for most of the event. When the lanes started to get tight down lane during match play he made a ball change to the Storm AstroPhysiX to win the title. Burkett finished the tournament with 4,946 total pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins. Tyler Wright and Jordan Malott

“I don’t care what it is; to win something with the PBA name on it makes me very proud,” Burkett said in the PBA Release.

According to PBA.com, during his 16-year MLB career, Burkett compiled 166 wins with 1,766 strikeouts and a 4.31 earned run average, pitching from 1987 to 2003 with the San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox. His best season came in 1993 when he went 22–7 with a 3.65 ERA for the Giants. Burkett was selected to the Major League All-Star game twice, in 1993 and 2001.

We know this is just the beginning of success on the lanes for Burkett! He hopes to add more titles including a PBA50 Title to his resume.

Keep throwing those strikes, Mr. Burkett! Thank you for choosing to throw Storm and Roto Grip Products.


Youth Spotlight: Katelyn Abigania

Name: Katelyn Abigania

Age: 12

Hometown: San Diego, California

Home Bowling Center: Sea & Air Lanes in Naval Air Station Coronado, San Diego

Favorite Storm Bowling Ball(s): Currently: Storm PhysiX All-Time Fav: Storm !Q Tour Nano

Sometimes you meet young athletes who just strike you as wise beyond their years. Miss Katelyn Abigania, age 12, is one of those young bowlers who we’ve watched compete in events across the United States and handles herself like a little pro on and off the lanes.

After taking home the U12 Girls Junior Gold title in 2018, Katelyn didn’t stop working hard. We witnessed Katelyn’s determination at the 2019 Storm Youth Championships in Las Vegas where she battled a wrist injury from an accident while competing in the event. She finished 194 pins ahead of the rest of the girls in the U12 field to capture the title and earn a spot on the Storm All-American Team. She has also won several JBT (The Junior Bowlers Tour) titles and was named 2018-19 Girls Scratch All-Conference Bowler of the Year. In addition, she earned the California State Pepsi Championship title in her division.

In June, Katelyn was invited to be a guest for “Little Champions Week” on Live with Kelly and Ryan. She was flown to New York City where she got to explore the city for the first time, give Kelly and Ryan some lessons live on air, and show off her skills on the lanes that they built for the TV show. Katelyn said this experience was truly a once in a lifetime experience for her and she was honored to be chosen to represent youth bowlers on the show.

“I hope to inspire all the bowling fans and their families for the future of bowling.” Katelyn said.

This summer, Katelyn and her family traveled to Detroit to defend her U12 Girls Junior Gold title. Katelyn said this title felt harder to capture and she felt her abilities were put to the extreme. She led qualifying after Day 1 of qualifying and never dropped below second through the cut to match play. In match play, Katelyn was sent to the elimination bracket after her second match and battled back to earn the #3 seed for the U12 Girls TV Finals which aired on CBS Sports.  Katelyn bowled a 196 game in the championship match to win back-to-back U12 Girls titles and earn the scholarship.

In addition, Katelyn also competed in the USA Bowling competition. Katelyn teamed up with her friends and fellow SYC Champions, Sebastian Huffman, Avery Domaguin and Elias O’Hollaren to create the “SDLV Strikers” team. These youth bowlers bowled lots of baker matches throughout the week and qualified for the U12 TV finals which aired on CBS Sports on August 20 where they faced DKJ Pro Shop. The Strikers battled and earned the team victory. Katelyn says this is one of her favorite parts of her summer!

In the future, Katelyn hopes to bowl as a collegiate bowler, represent Team USA and bowl on the PWBA Tour someday. She'll be bowling in the U15 Girls Division in the upcoming Storm Youth Championships taking place the last weekend of August in Wichita. The event will be livestreamed on the Storm Bowling Facebook channel.

 

We think that Katelyn is well on her way to chase her dreams.