Gazmine Mason Visits I PROMISE School

Team Storm Member and PWBA Tour Rookie, Gazmine “GG” Mason was recently invited to share her story through sports and interact with the students at the I PROMISE school in Akron, Ohio.

The LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools partnered to design a brand new school for the public school students in Akron. According to their website, “a culmination of years of on-the-ground work and research-based interventions through LeBron’s I PROMISE program, the I PROMISE School will be more than a 1st - 8th grade academic institution. It will infuse APS’s rigorous curriculum with a STEM, hands-on, problem-based learning focus with LJFF’s ’We Are Family’ philosophy to create a complete wraparound for its students and their families.”

The I PROMISE students were able to ask Mason questions about her journey through youth and college bowling and she was able to share how she has persevered. The school also set up an inflatable bowling set and also some plastic bowling pins so that all the students could bowl with Mason and learn a little about the sport of bowling. Her favorite part of the day was being able to say the student promise with the kids.

“All I know is that they inspired me more then they know,” Mason said. “These kids are brilliant and so special!”

Mason said in her blog. “I PROMISE kids, family, faculty, staff, LeBron James, friends & family, and Akron, I appreciate and love you all! An unforgettable, eye-opening experience that I will forever be grateful for!”

A graduate of Nebraska, Mason is currently competing on her first year on the PWBA Tour. A few of her goals for the season are to make cuts consistently, win at least one event, and make it to the PWBA Tour Championship in Richmond.

If you get the opportunity to meet Mason on the lanes this summer, you’ll find out quickly that her passion for the sport of bowling is contagious. She hopes to inspire the next generation of youth athletes to set their goals high and work hard.

“DREAM BIG and work towards that dream every single day no matter what ANYONE says.” Mason said.

 

Photo Credit: I Promise School


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. 

 

 


The PWBA Hall of Fame Returns in Wichita

Three members of Team Storm were inducted into the Professional Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in Wichita, Kansas. Wendy Macpherson and Leanne Hulsenberg were inducted into the 2019 PWBA Hall of Fame in the Performance category and Donna Conners was selected for the Meritorious Service/Builder category. They were the first class to join the PWBA Hall of Fame since 2003. In addition, Anne Marie Duggan, who was elected to the PWBA Hall of Fame in 2003 when the PWBA Tour ceased operations, received special recognition at the ceremony.

We asked the new Team Storm PWBA Hall of Fame to share some of their favorite events to bowl in and some wisdom that they have learned throughout their bowling careers.

Donna K. Conners

  • Founder and executive director of the annual Professional Bowlers Association (PBA)/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament
  • A USBC Silver Coach
  • 2012 USBC Joyce Deitch Unity Award Winner
  • Member of the Houston and Texas Bowling Halls of Fame
  • Won seven PWBA Regional titles
  • Co-owner of Carol Norman's Pro Shop

Favorite Tournament:

Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles!

Because it is very close to my heart! It’s great to see that many talented players under one roof.

Favorite Player:

Liz Johnson

Because she is one of the greatest players on the planet.

Favorite Quote:

"Grab your balls and Save the Ta Ta’s!"

One Lesson That You Learned From The Sport of Bowling:

Don’t quit the day before you succeed!

Something That You Hope the Next Generation Learns:

Find happiness in the journey and never give up on your dream!

Wendy Macpherson

  • 20 Career titles including 6 majors (3 USBC Queens, 2 Sam’s Town Invitationals, 1 US Open)
  • Youngest (18 years old) to capture the U.S. Women's Open title in 1986
  • Youngest (22 years old) to capture the triple crown
  • 1 PBA Women’s Series title (2009 Earl Anthony Medford Open)
  • 10 Japanese Professional Bowling Association titles
  • 4-time PWBA Player of the Year (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000)
  • 5-time USBC Women’s Championships titlist (1994, 2007 All-Events, 2000, 2002, 2004 Team)

Favorite Tournament:

WIBC now USBC Queens...It is a tournament where your goal is to remain in the winner bracket and the matches are so exciting.

Favorite Player:

Carolyn Dorin Ballard

Her work ethics are top notch.

Favorite Quote:

"There's always tomorrow."

One Lesson That You Learned From The Sport of Bowling:

Patience. Patience in competing and patience in life. It all works together.

Something That You Hope the Next Generation Learns:

Respect. Starting with respecting parents, family and authority. Respect of people and things.

Leanne Hulsenberg

  • 27 PWBA Titles including 2 major titles (1-USBC Queens, 1-US Women's Open)
  • 3-time USBC Women’s Championships titlist (2005 Classic Singles, 2006 Classic Doubles, 2007 Classic Team)
  • 12-time Bowlers Journal All-American and 1-Time member of Team USA in 2012
  • Inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame in 2008
  • 1990, 1991 and 2002 PWBA Player of the Year (First bowler to capture back-to-back PWBA Player of the Year honors)
  • 100+ TV appearances

Favorite Tournament:

My favorite all time tournament is the US Open. Tradition. Big fields. Long format and very prestigious. I led the US Open in 1991 by 400 pins but lost in the finals and I have also had many top fives so when I finally won it in Dallas Cowboy Stadium in 2011, it really meant a lot to me.

Favorite Player:

Parker Bohn III

He is a true professional who I admire not only for his bowling achievements but for the way he acts on and off the lanes.

Favorite Quote:

"Do unto others as they would do unto you."

I have always prided myself on being a very respectful competitor. There is always someone who was better than others each week but that didn't mean they were better than others. We all were out there each week, working hard, traveling and doing the same things.

One Lesson That You Learned From The Sport of Bowling:

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal. it is the courage to continue that counts."

I don't remember all the tournaments I have bowled but I sure do remember all the fun times we had each week.

Something That You Hope the Next Generation Learns:

My wish for this generation of the PWBA is that the tour grows and that the young talented bowlers will always have something to aspire to be. I hope the PWBA is around for a long time to come.

Learn more about all of our Storm Athletes and learn more about the players who are part of our Hall of Fame Staff by visiting this page.


STORM ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL BOWLING PARTNER OF 2019 WEBER CUP

Storm Products Inc. is excited to partner with Matchroom Multi Sport to be the Official Bowling Partner of the 2019 Weber Cup, which takes place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center, Las Vegas from June 18-21.

The 20th staging of the annual transatlantic tenpin tussle will see America as defending champions against a European team desperate to get their hands back on the trophy they lost to Chris Barnes’ side last summer.

The US team features Storm athlete Kyle Troup, while Europe line-up with Storm’s Jesper Svensson and Osku Palermaa, who returns to the team for the first time since 2015 to make his seventh Weber Cup appearance.

“It is a great honor for Storm to now be associated with the Weber Cup as the Official Bowling Partner," said Dave Symes, President of Storm Products.  "Storm has a long history of investing in competitive bowling and we couldn't be more pleased to support the continued tradition of this event."

Emily Frazer, COO of Matchroom Multi Sport, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Storm as we bring the Weber Cup stateside for the first time. Having Storm on board for this year’s event gives us a great chance to work together to grow the Weber Cup and the sport of bowling and we are looking forward to a successful event at Mandalay Bay this June.”

The Weber Cup has a global TV reach and will be shown live in over 100 countries around the world. Sky Sports will air the event in the UK and news of a US broadcaster will be announced shortly. The Weber Cup is the ‘Ryder Cup of Bowling’ and sees four-man teams from the USA and Europe competing in a mixture of singles, doubles and ‘baker’ matches.

Barnes returns to lead Team USA, with Troup, Anthony Simonsen and Jakob Butturff also representing the Stars and Stripes. Dominic Barrett captains Europe with Svensson and Palmeraa joined by Stuart Williams on the team.

Weber Cup XX takes place at Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas this June 18-21. Tickets are on sale now at www.webercup.com.

About Storm Products, Inc.
Storm Products Inc. is the leading manufacturer and marketer of high performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm, Roto Grip and Master Brands. For everything Storm, Roto Grip and Master Industries – visit stormbowling.com, rotogrip.com and bowlwithmaster.com

 


Meet the 2019 Storm All-American Team

The talent at the Storm Youth Championships (SYC) is always impressive. In February, our Storm All-American Team was named. The top two bowlers in each division at the Storm Youth Championships - Las Vegas event were named to the Storm All-American Team.

Today, we want to introduce you to these impressive youth bowlers and share some fun facts about them.

2019 Storm All-American Team

U12 Team Members:

Elias O'Hollaren

Road to the All-American Team:

Elias earned his first SYC title at his first SYC event in Las Vegas.

Hometown: San Diego

Favorite Bowling Center: Kearny Mesa Bowl

High Game/ High Series: 286 / 785

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Animal: Whales

Favorite Athlete: Nolan Aranado

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Chocolate

How often do you practice: 5 times a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: 15

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is the Open Pattern

What do you want to be when you grow up?  IDK

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball?  Phaze II

 

Sebastian Huffman

Road to the All-American Team:

Sebastian has earned one SYC title and this is his second year on the Storm All-American Team.

Nickname: Sebass

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Favorite Bowling Center: Gameworks

High Game/ High Series: 300/786

Favorite Food: Pasta

Favorite Animal: Dog

Favorite Athlete: James Harden

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

How often do you practice: 5-7 days a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: I met a lot of new friends. All of the people at SYC are so kind and such great bowlers. Everyone in the Storm family makes feel like I can be a great bowler.

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC: 

My favorite part of SYC is all the rounds of qualifying. The people that I get paired up with are so kind and are such great friends.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional Athlete/ Bowler

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Phaze II

 

Katelyn Abigania

Road to the All-American Team:

Katelyn earned her first SYC title at the Las Vegas event.

Nickname: Kat

Hometown: Sand Diego, CA

Favorite Bowling Center: South Point Arena

High Game/ High Series: 290/743

Favorite Food: Chicken Adobo

Favorite Animal: Dogs

Favorite Athlete: Daria Pajak

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Rasberry Sorbet

How often do you practice: Once a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: I made at least a dozen new friends

What is your favorite part of the SYC?

My favorite part of the SYC is bringing out the best of everyone and winning.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Lawyer or Professional Bowler

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? IQ Tour Nano

 

Avery Domaguin

Road to the All-American Team:

Avery has earned one SYC title.

Nickname: A

Hometown: San Diego

Favorite Bowling Center: South Point Bowling Stadium

High Game/ High Series: 266/747

Favorite Food: 619 Burrito

Favorite Animal: Dog

Favorite Athlete: Daria Pajak

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Chocolate

How often do you practice: 1-3 Per Week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: 5

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is meeting new people/kids and making new friends. And the competition is fun and exciting.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Veterinarian or a Teacher/PWBA member

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? PhysiX

 

U15 Team Members

Alexander Horton

Road to the All-American Team:

Alexander has earned one SYC title.

Nickname: Alex

Hometown: Douglassville

Favorite Bowling Center: Limerick Bowl

High Game/ High Series: 300/792

Favorite Food: Cheesesteak

Favorite Animal: Black Panther

Favorite Athlete: Kevin Durant

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Butter Pecan

How often do you practice: 3 Days a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: Around 10 new people. I made friends with some of the people on my pair during competition as well as practice. I also got to see some old friends that I do not see very often.

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

After the practice sessions are over and the final night before competition begins. This is fun because you get to play around with friends as well as members of the Storm staff.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional Bowler

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Storm Prodigy

 

Ashton Yamasaki

Road to the All-American Team:

Ashton has earned two SYC titles.

Nickname: No

Hometown: Portland, OR

Favorite Bowling Center: National Bowling Stadium

High Game/ High Series: 300/778

Favorite Food: Yakisoba Noodles

Favorite Animal: Turtle

Favorite Athlete: Chris Warren

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Chocolate

How often do you practice: Everyday

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: I have met around 50 new friends at the SYC

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part is the social aspect of the tournament because everyone is friendly and extremely nice.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional Bowler

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Alpha Crux

 

Saphyre Nofuente

Road to the All-American Team:

Saphyre has earned two SYC titles.

Nickname: No

Hometown: Rocklin

Favorite Bowling Center: All of them

High Game/ High Series: 296/727

Favorite Food: Depends on the weather

Favorite Animal: Wolf

Favorite Athlete: Rocio Restrepo

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Coffee

How often do you practice: 4 to 5 times a week depending on scheduled tournament

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: 10

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is the activities outside of the bowling.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I don’t know yet I’m only 13

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Hy-Road

 

Samantha Conti

Road to the All-American Team:

Nickname: Sammy

Hometown: Henderson

Favorite Bowling Center: Strike Zone

High Game/ High Series: 300/793

Favorite Food: Pasta

Favorite Animal: Sea Horse

Favorite Athlete: Josie Barnes

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Vanilla

How often do you practice: Every day

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: So many, I lost count!

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is the friendships you make along the way!

What do you want to be when you grow up? Psychologist

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Sure Lock

 

U20 Team Members:

Spencer Robarge

Road to the All-American Team:

Spencer has earned four SYC titles.

Nickname: Spence

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri

Favorite Bowling Center: The National Bowling Stadium and Stardust Lanes

High Game/ High Series: 300 (21)/ 847 (8 800’s)

Favorite Food: Chicken Fettucine

Favorite Animal: Blake the Bowling Dog

Favorite Athlete: Rhino Page

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Chocolate

How often do you practice: Everyday

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: 5

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

Meeting new friends, the fun activities that go along with the SYC's, the competition on the challenging patterns, the format of the tournament and seeing my Storm family.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional bowler and bowling center proprietor

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? I have 3. IQ Tour, Roto Grip Asylum, and the Fire Road

Cerell Cardines

Road to the All-American Team:

Nickname: Snorlax

Hometown: Niskayuna, New York

Favorite Bowling Center: South Point Bowling Plaza

High Game/ High Series: 300/863

Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese

Favorite Animal: Panda

Favorite Athlete: Jason Belmonte

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

How often do you practice: 3-4 days a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: Immeasurable, no matter who you talked to (bowlers, parents, staff, director, etc.), everyone just respected one another and it just created a friendly environment for the tournament.

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

Meeting a lot of new faces and being able to enjoy every single moment of SYC.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional Bowler/Physical Therapist

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Belmo Spare Ball (Even though I don’t have one)

 

Mabel Cummins

Road to the All-American Team:

Mabel has earned four SYC titles.

Nickname: Mabes

Hometown: Elburn, IL

Favorite Bowling Center: Southpoint Plaza

High Game/ High Series: 300/823

Favorite Food: Apples

Favorite Animal: Dog

Favorite Athlete: Norm Duke

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream:  Mint Chocolate Chip

How often do you practice: 4 days a week, (tournaments on weekends) split between lane drills/bowling at a center/working out

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: So many! Spending 2 full days together is a great way to get to know the people on your pair :)

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

Besides meeting new people, competing! The SYC is a great way to get experience on tough conditions against the best bowlers.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Forensic Pathologist

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Hustle Ink

 

Jennifer Loredo

Road to the All-American Team:

Nickname: J-Lo or Jen

Hometown: Fresno

Favorite Bowling Center:  Bulldog Bowl (Fresno State Bowling Alley)

High Game/ High Series: 300/765

Favorite Food: Steak n Shake (Frisco Melt)

Favorite Animal: Hedgehogs!

Favorite Athlete: Serena Williams

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Cookies n’ Cream

How often do you practice: 4 times a week

How many friends did you make at the SYC: Plenty! Probably 10-15

What is your favorite part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is making new friends and seeing old ones.

What’do you want to be when you grow up?: Lawyer

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? !Q Tour Edition

 


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.


Jon Harmon "Strikes Gold" in Abu Dhabi

This post was prepared by Storm Ambassador, Tim Cerami.

In August of 2017, we shared the story of Jon Harmon, a bowler from Boise, Idaho that was preparing to travel to Seattle to compete in the 2018 USA Special Olympic games. There, he won a silver medal in men’s singles using a Storm Son!Q donated to him by the Storm Brand Ambassador Team. In 2019, his story continues.

Upon returning home from the Seattle games, Jon got more serious about his game, spending countless hours practicing and preparing for the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. He traveled around the bowling centers in the Boise area looking to experience as many lane conditions as possible.

On March 7, 2019, Jon started his journey to Abu Dhabi along with thousands of other Special Olympics athletes. His mission… bring a gold medal back to the USA and Idaho.

Needless to say, Jon did “strike gold” while in Abu Dhabi.

Bowling with his doubles partner Tyler Baxter, Jon rolled games of 224, 214, 189 with his SON!Q to help win the doubles competition by almost 150 pins. Jon returned to Idaho to a proud community of local bowlers.

Congratulations to Jon and his partner for bringing home the gold.


Prepping For The PWBA Tour

What happens during the months that the PWBA Tour goes on hiatus? What have the pros been up to? What do the Tour Reps do? What goes on when the competition stops?

Bowlers really have no off season.

Throughout the year, there are many events to compete in to prepare for the PWBA tour. Events ranging from local to international events, some even choose to compete against the men on the PBA Tour. Other players have other careers and family responsibilities outside of their PWBA life that they tend to. Some players choose to take some time off to refresh their batteries. Every player seems to do things their own way as there is no right or wrong way.

As the PWBA Tour manager, part of my responsibility is to prepare the Team Storm players to be ready once it is, "go-time." I am in contact with the players weekly, via e-mail, text, social media, phone calls, or in person. I am always available for players to bounce ideas off of, or to suggest technique alterations, equipment recommendations, and for general support.

The demands of being a PWBA caliber player are incredible. The pressure, the risk vs. the reward, dealing with the let downs - it all tests you.

My desire is for players to feel like they are growing as individuals, not only in their bowling life, but in their life outside of bowling.

I believe one of the most important aspects of my job is to guide them on how to properly process an event and what they should focus on.

I wish I applied more of what I preach to these players in my own career, I would have had much more success. Since stepping away from competition and reflecting upon my career, I see many mistakes that I made. How I allowed the small things that really did not matter in the big picture to have an influence on my performance. I made this particular mistake many times. I want nothing more than to steer these players from falling victim to these same mistakes. The old saying, “Can’t see the forest for the trees,” never did make much sense to me…. until now.

The PWBA Tour Season kicks off April 25 in Cleveland, Ohio and Team Storm will be ready! For more information on the upcoming schedule visit pwba.com.