Liz Johnson Wins WBT Tour Finals

The World Bowling Tour Men's and Women's Finals aired Sunday on FS1. Team Storm player, Liz Johnson earned the Women's WBT Tour Finals Title defeating fellow Team Storm member, Danielle McEwan 246-223.

Liz Johnson used a combination of the Storm Hy-Road X and Roto Grip IDOL Pearl to win the title.

Six players qualified for the Tour Finals by competing in WBT events around the world throughout the year. The top three players who earned the most points earned a spot in the TV finals to bowl for the title. The top three men who qualified were EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, and Stuart Williams. The top three women were Liz Johnson, Danielle McEwan, and Daria Pajak.

“Every title is special," Johnson said in the PBA Press Release. "This was my sixth WBT show, but this is my first win."

Team Roto Grip players, Anthony Simonsen and Stuart Williams faced tough matches against EJ Tackett. Both matches were decided by just one pin. Williams was defeated 243-242 and Simonsen was defeated 233-232 in the title match.

Liz Johnson, Anthony Simonsen and Stuart Williams are currently competing in the PBA World Series of Bowling this week in Detroit.  All qualifying rounds can be watched live on Flobowling all week long.

Danielle McEwan will join Johnson, Simonsen, and Williams at the USBC Masters March 26-April 1.

To learn more about the athletes on Team Storm click here.


7 Storm Players Advance to Chameleon Match Play

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

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

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

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

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

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


Brad Kemp Rolls Four 300s With Crux Prime

Since its release, bowlers have been using the new Crux Prime to set their new personal bests and roll honor scores all around the country.

Our Tech Team at HQ worked hard to bring something extraordinary to the lanes combining the Catalyst Core with the all-new SPEC coverstock and bowlers are witnessing the power of this new technology in their home centers.

Storm Staff member, Brad Kemp has been on quite the hot streak. He's rolled four 300 games with three different layouts since he added this new release to his bag.

 

LAYOUTS: 5x4x4 | 5.5x6x5 | 5.5x3.5x3

"From what I see throwing the crux prime and also watching others, it is the first Premier Line ball that rolls to its full potential on just about any condition," Kemp said. "A lot of the big balls tend to burn up on a “house” pattern and lack power going through the pins, the Crux Prime does not seem to 'burn up' nearly as much and is still very strong the entire way down the lane."

As Kemp has seen, the combination of the core and coverstock allows for increased entry angle and a greater margin for error with its dynamic asymmetrical design and vertical cavity technology. The benefits of the SPEC Solid Reactive can be truly appreciated on heavier conditions, especially when they begin to transition but bowlers have found success with it on a variety of conditions.

"It seems to be an amazing ball to add to your arsenal for every style of bowler and I would highly recommend getting yourself one or multiples!" Kemp said.

Still looking for more information about the Crux Prime? Chad McLean, Technical Director at Storm Products, shared some insights about the new Crux Prime in his internal review that can be read in this blog post. He discusses that the innate Ra of SPEC is slightly higher than our other primary coverstocks that don’t use an ancillary additive or enhancer.

Steve Kloempken and Matt McNiel also discussed the Crux Prime in this Tech Video. Click the link & watch the video below.

With tournament season in full force, the new Crux Prime might be a great addition to your arsenal. Visit your local VIP Storm Pro Shop today to discuss where this ball would fit into your lineup. Need some help finding a Pro Shop? Use our Pro Shop locator to find one near you.

 


Norm Duke Wins PBA Title #40

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

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

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

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

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

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


Storm Raises More Than $100K For The Huntsman Cancer Institute

At Storm Products, charitable giving is vital to our brand purpose and we try to find exciting ways to raise funds for meaningful causes all year long. Every October, the Storm Nation community comes together to help Paint the Lanes PINK® (PTLP) building awareness and raising funds for breast cancer research. Bowlers from around the world share stories from their personal journeys of their determination to find a cure for a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S women over the course of their lifetime.

With the help of the bowling community and a generous donation from the Chrisman Foundation we were able to present a donation of $110,518.28 to the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) while spreading awareness for a cause that affects millions.

An additional donation of $25,000 was donated from the Striking Against Breast Cancer Foundation was presented by Donna Conners. Conners who hosts the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament each summer traveled to Utah for the presentation.

"Storm's Paint the Lanes Pink campaign is one of the most rewarding projects to work on," Leanne Hulsenberg, Marketing Coordinator for Storm Products said.

"It's an honor to be able to join our co-owner, Barbara Chrisman, and tournament partner, Donna Conners, to take our annual donation directly to the Huntsman Research Center. Each year, we learn about the innovative cancer trials and breakthroughs that our donation supports. The Huntsman Cancer Institute has a vital role in cancer research and hopefully one day we will see a cure for cancer," Hulsenberg said.

In 2018, our campaign featured the exclusive Pink Phaze™. Only 300 of this special release were produced for our fans to purchase. In addition, we raise funds through our dedicated PTLP products in the Storm Shop year-round.

"It's very special to know that all the fans contribute to our donation through the purchase of our PTLP products all year," Hulsenberg said. "Our donation truly wouldn't be possible without the support of the bowling community around the world."

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

About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is the official cancer center of Utah. The cancer campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital as well as two buildings dedicated to cancer research. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and is recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West, HCI serves the largest geographic region in the country, drawing patients from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. More genes for inherited cancers have been discovered at HCI than at any other cancer center in the world, including genes responsible for hereditary breast, ovarian, colon, head, and neck cancers, along with melanoma. HCI manages the Utah Population Database, the largest genetic database in the world, with information on more than 11 million people linked to genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. HCI was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.


Champions Crowned at Storm Youth Championships - Las Vegas

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah - Many professional athletes speak about defining moments as a youth throughout their entire career and through these stories of passion, determination, and dedication, it’s evident that these athletes become committed to their sport at a very young age and work hard to reach their goals.

The Storm Youth Championships (SYC) gives youth bowlers the chance to set goals for their future and showcase their talents on a national stage. After two days of competition, six smiling youth athletes are proud to hold the SYC trophies high above their heads.

"The Storm Youth Championships is an event that celebrates all the best parts of bowling," Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development at Storm Bowling said. "Families come together to support growing athletes doing what they love to do, while supporting a great charity that helps improve the lives of people going through a tough time."

The first SYC of 2019 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 15-17, 2019. More than 200 youth bowlers from 28 different states, including 7 bowlers from Puerto Rico, and one bowler from Poland traveled to compete at the South Point Bowling Plaza. The youth bowlers competed in four five-game rounds on four different Kegel patterns in six different divisions determined by gender and age (U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls) for a national title and a portion of the $19,950 scholarship fund.

The overall champions at the SYC demonstrate consistency across all four patterns and are decided based on their 20 game total pinfall. In the U12 Girls division, Katelyn Abigania, of California, battled a wrist injury to earn the title finishing 194 pins ahead of the field. She also earned the gold medal in all four rounds of competition. Elias O’Hollaren of California, dominated the U12 Boys division finishing with a 442 pin lead. His best block was the long pattern finishing with a 226 average. Bowling for the first time in the U15 Girls Division, Saphyre Nofuente of California, averaged 216 her final block to take home her second SYC title, while Alexander Horton, of Pennsylvania, picked up his first SYC title averaging 226 for the event. In the U20 Division, two past SYC Champions, Mabel Cummins of Illinois and Spencer Robarge of Missouri outlasted the competition to capture their fourth SYC Titles.

The talent of the youth bowlers at the Storm Youth Championships is always remarkable. The top two competitors in each division were named to the Storm All-American Team. Avery Domaguin, Sebastian Huffman, Samantha Conti, Ashton Yamasaki, Jennifer Loredo, and Cerell Cardines will join the Las Vegas champions on the 2019 Storm All-American Team.

2019 Storm All-American Team BACK ROW: U12 Girls – Avery Domaguin, CA, Katelyn Abigania, CA, U15 Girls - Saphyre Nofuente, CA, Samantha Conti, NV U20 Girls - Jennifer Loredo, CA, Mabel Cummins, IL FRONT ROW: U12 Boys – Elias O’Hollaren, CA, Sebastian Huffman, NV U15 Boys - Alexander Horton, PA, Ashton Yamasaki, OR U20 Boys - Spencer Robarge, MO, Cerell Cardines, NV

In addition to the overall champions, the top three bowlers in each division were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal after each round. Each round proved to be challenging but several youth bowlers conquered the patterns and rose to the top. Some highlights included TJ Rock of Las Vegas throwing two 279 games in a five game block to earn the gold on short, Ashton Yamasaki with 11-in-a-row in game three averaging 247 to earn the gold medal on the medium pattern in the U15 Division, and Solomon Salama dominated the medium pattern in the U20 division throwing games of 278, 279, 243, 264, 300 to capture the gold medal.

Throughout the weekend participants and their families were able to attend the, “How To Make A Storm Bowling Ball,” seminar with Storm’s Technical Director, Chad McLean. They also were able to meet and practice with members of the Storm Bowling Pro Staff, and discuss lane play strategies with Storm Tour Representatives, Mike DeVaney and Del Ballard Jr. Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm Phaze II bowling ball to add to their tournament arsenal and were given the opportunity to have it drilled at the South Point Pro Shop.

Charitable giving continues to be a focus for the Storm Youth Championships. A donation of $10 from each entry goes directly to 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. BVBC also raises money for nutritional supplements and treatments for those going through the cancer journey. The Ballard Family was on site to host a BVBC silent auction, raffles and more throughout the weekend. The SYC event raised $8900 for BVBC.

"At Storm, we're incredibly lucky to have owners who give back through the sport of bowling as much as they can," Hulsenberg said. "Bill and Barbara Chrisman's generosity is felt through the events that they sponsor and the community that they have built throughout the world."

This tournament would not be possible without the support of our sponsors; Storm, Roto Grip, Logo Infusion, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, Kegel, 3G Shoes, and Bowlers Journal International. The event was livestreamed throughout the two days of competition on the Storm Bowling Facebook Page.

The 2019 SYC Tour will host a total of six events in 2019. The SYC will travel to Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, California, March 22-24. This event is sold-out with a waiting list. Entries for the next event in Smyrna, Tennessee, May 24-26, will open on March 18 at Noon MST. This event sold-out quickly in 2018. Two new cities, Lincoln, Nebraska and Wichita, Kansas will host events in June and August. In October, the SYC will return to Shallotte, North Carolina. For more information about our upcoming events visit our website, stormbowling.com/SYC or check the StormJr Facebook Page.


Belmonte Wins 10th Major Title

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

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

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

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

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

 


Get To Know Matt "OG" O'Grady

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

 

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

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

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

Nickname: OG

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

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

Favorite Restaurant on the Road: Chipotle

One movie every person should watch is: Forest Gump

Favorite Holiday: Christmas, the holiday that brings family together

What's your favorite bowling ball currently: PhysiX  

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite quote: "Hard Work Beats Talent Everytime"

Bowling Goal for 2019: WIN the PBA Playoffs

For updates from the PBA Tour visit pba.com. To watch the action LIVE subscribe to FloBowling. Don't forget to follow all the updates from Team Storm by connecting with us on your favorite social media channel.

 

 


2019 SYC Tour Heads To Las Vegas

In less than two weeks, more than 200 youth bowlers will be heading to Las Vegas for the first Storm Youth Championships event of 2019!

The Storm Youth Championships were created in in 2017 with two events in Reno and Myrtle Beach. These events were designed to be a weekend of learning, competition and fun for the whole family! After a successful first year, we added two additional events in 2018 visiting Nashville and Fort Worth. The SYC Tour will have a total of six events in 2019.

2019 SYC Schedule:

 Feb. 15-17, 2019 - Las Vegas, NV

 Mar. 22-24, 2019 - Rohnert Park, CA

 May 24-26, 2019 - Smyrna, TN

 June 28-30, 2019 - Lincoln, NE

 Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 2019 - Wichita, KS

 Oct. 4-6, 2019 - Shallotte, NC

The SYC tournaments are small, three-day events where our Storm team works hard to interact with all of the youth bowlers and families. Each SYC tournament has multiple rounds on different lane patterns created by Kegel to challenge the youth bowlers. We crown the top three bowlers in each gender and age-based division for each round with bronze, silver and gold medals. At the conclusion of the tournament we award trophies and medals to the overall champions.

Each year, we hold our major event which this year will take place in Las Vegas where we award the top two overall youth bowlers in each division with a spot on the Storm All-American Team.  These 12 kids earn a custom All-American jersey and jacket provided by our official SYC jersey company, Logo Infusion.

2018 Storm All-American Team

The SYC is more than just tournament.

We kick off each event with registration, learning seminars with our Storm and Roto Grip Pro Staff, a practice session where bowlers can get tips from the pros and our Tour Reps, and a Friday night SYC social.  The SYC bowlers and their families have told us they love the casual atmosphere, getting to know the pros, and hanging out with the Storm Team.

Charity is a very special part of the SYC. Each event supports Ballard vs the Big “C” in numerous ways.  We take $10 from each entry and make a donation to BVBC. On-site at each SYC, Carolyn and Del Ballard bring silent auction items for the SYC families to bid on. Sometimes our families donate their own baskets to help raise more funds. Some of the bowlers have decided to host their own fundraisers at home for BVBC and bring their donations to present to the Ballards at the next SYC they attend.

Since 2017, we have raised more than $50,000 to help fight the war on cancer through the SYC.

We are very proud to award scholarships to our top finishers and in just six events, we have awarded more than $104,000 to the SYC bowlers and look forward to increasing that number in 2019.

The vision for the SYC began as a way to give back to the bowling community, educate youth bowlers, and invite the whole family to participate. Our events wouldn’t be possible without the support of the staff of each host bowling center and the families in each community that we have visited.

Here’s what some of our SYC bowlers had to say about the event:

“What I like best about the SYC is that I get to bowl, meet new people and make new friends from all over the world. I love the seminars where I learn more about the sport. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t love the social gatherings at the SYC…the mini golf, the beach party and the BBQ. They are all a blast!” - Harley Shene, CA

 

“My favorite thing about the SYC is definitely the level of competition and challenging patterns at each event!  I also really love getting to meet new people from all over the country.” – Caroline Thesier, NC

“Storm Youth Championship events are awesome! They offer young bowlers of all skill levels an opportunity to compete   in great facilities on challenging conditions. Plus, the events involve a lot more than just a tournament - they are a complete bowling experience! There are workshops and fun family activities where you can make new friends and learn lots of good information about equipment and how to improve your physical and mental game performance. I personally like the on-lane sessions with the pros and hearing how they figure out which ball to throw and how to throw it! Also, the chance to interact with the Storm/Roto Grip technical staff is something I look forward to at each event because they are always willing to provide guidance and support to help me improve my game! Thank you Storm Bowling for creating the SYC and helping grow the sport of bowling through the youth of America.” – Mabel Cummins, IL

This tournament would not be possible without the generous support of our additional sponsors, Logo Infusion, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, Kegel, 3G Shoes.

To follow along with the SYC updates and excitement, please check out the Storm Jr Facebook page. If you are interested in becoming a supporting sponsor of the Storm Youth Championships or would like more information, please visit the SYC page or email Leanne Hulsenberg at Leanne.Hulsenberg@stormbowling.com.

 


12 Year Old Bowls Up A Storm

Nicholas Weidenbach, 12, has only been bowling for one year but has already accomplished a great deal on the lanes. He started bowling in October 2017 when he joined a youth bowling league in Michigan. At first, it was just something to do. After a couple of weeks he was watching another youth bowler compete and decided to try bowling with two-hands. An avid YouTube fan, he soon discovered videos of Jason Belmonte and found his new favorite athlete. He started working on the basics and soon was reaching 100 games regularly. He continued to practice all summer long.

When a new season began he was determined to show his friends how much he had improved. His parents decided to sign him up for a local scholarship event and he won the very first one he entered. Excited and determined to continue improving on the lanes, Nicholas didn't stop there. Of the 9 scholarship events he has entered in the last 6 months he has won 7 and placed second in the other two. His current average in league is 139 and he has bowled several games above 200.

Here's some more fun facts about this young fan of bowling:

What's in your bag?

  • Drive, Pitch Black, Match-Up Black Pearl, Storm Ice. He is also super excited for February 22nd when his birthday present (a pre-ordered Fever Pitch) comes in!!

Favorite Pro-Bowler

  • Jason Belmonte who he was able to meet when he and his family traveled to the PBA Finals in Taylor, MI. "It was the thrill of his life."

What do you do when you're not bowling?

  • I like to play video games.

What's your favorite TV Show or Movie?

  • Stranger Things (Netflix)

What do you love most about bowling?

  • Meeting new people

What do you want to be when you grow up?

  • Professional Bowler