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

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2019 Storm Utah Open a Huge Success

The 15th Annual Storm Utah Open was held at Sparetime Lanes in Roy, UT, a 32-lane house just off of I-15. The tournament drew 373 entries from 8 different states. With $5150 in added money from our sponsors, the total prize fund was nearly $24,000. Known for its demanding lane condition and for providing one the opportunity to earn a spot for one year on the Storm Amateur Staff, the Storm Utah Open has been a staple of the Storm Northwest Tour for more than a decade. It is held every Martin Luther King holiday weekend in Northern Utah, and more information about the tournament is available on scratchbowlers.com.

Steve Kloempken presents Josh Blanchard with his first place prize money of $2500

 

Steve Kloempken welcomes Brian Robbins to the Storm Amateur staff.

 

Congratulations to PJ Haggerty on his runner-up finish... $1600 isn't too shabby!

 


Kelly Kulick Joins Storm Tour Team in Lubbock

Team Storm travels to South Plains Lanes for the 2019 PBA Lubbock Sports Open this week.

We recently announced enhancements to the Storm Tour Team for the 2019 season.  PBA Tour Manager, Jim Callahan, has been working closely with the players to organize the equipment in their bag, analyze their physical games during practice sessions, and assist the team with anything they might need while on the road. Callahan also builds the schedule and invites other coaches to join him with the players from week to week.

Joining the Storm Tour Team to help read the lanes and make ball selections this week is PWBA and PBA Tour Champion, Kelly Kulick. Kulick, when not competing on the lanes herself, is on the Team USA coaching staff and travels to assist with coaching seminars around the world. She is excited to join the Storm Tour Team this week.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to expand my knowledge and education of the bowling balls while matching them to the players and conditions," Kulick said. "Being out here sparks my motivation for the upcoming ladies tour as well as contributing to the PBA Professional Staff."

Follow the action from the PBA Tour live from Lubbock all week long on FloBowling.


Storm and Belmonte Sign Largest Multi-Year Contract in Their History

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products, Inc. announced today that four-time PBA Player of the Year, Jason Belmonte, has signed a multi-year deal with Storm Bowling Products.

“I started my professional and my amateur career with Storm 18 years ago and I’m extremely grateful to Bill and Dave I’m looking forward to continue working with this company for many more years,” said Belmonte. “Inking a deal with a company that holds similar values to me and that prides itself on creating the best equipment on the market is something that I don’t take for granted.”

The 35-year old joined the professional tour in 2008 and was the first two-handed player to earn a PBA Tour title. He has earned eighteen PBA titles, including nine major championship titles, and numerous other achievements throughout his career. Beyond his achievements, Belmonte has worked throughout his career to master his craft on the lanes and share the sport he loves off the lanes with bowlers of all ages.

“It’s hard to imagine me bowling with anything other than Storm,” Belmonte said. “It’s one of the reasons I’ve achieved all of the titles and accolades. One of the things I’m most excited about moving forward is seeing what we can produce together seeing how we can win more together and obviously ultimately how we can grow the sport together.”

This historic contract reflects not only how much Storm respects Belmonte as a competitor but also what he means to the fans of bowling. His unprecedented social media presence within the sport of bowling has helped him connect with fans around the world. In 2018, Keith Hamilton, of the Bowler’s Journal named him one of the most influential bowlers of all-time in his “Leading Off” column sharing that 21 percent of the competitors in the field at the 2018 USBC Junior Gold Championships were two-handed.

"Jason has been a member of the Storm family virtually his entire career and together we've achieved great success," said Dave Symes, President of Storm Bowling Products. "He's clearly one of the most talented bowlers ever and an icon of the next generation of bowlers. We're proud to have our equipment in his hands as he continues his Hall of Fame career."

Belmonte lives in Orange, Australia with wife Kimberly and daughters Aria, Sylvie and son Hugo.


Justin Wyman Named Technical Developer

Storm Products, Inc. has announced Justin Wyman will relocate to Storm Headquarters as Technical Developer. Wyman will join the technical team and assist in the development, innovation and execution of new products.

“Justin is an uncommon find. His skills and experience are unique to him and it would be a misdeed to not utilize his expertise,” Chad McLean, Technical Director said. “Justin’s rare combination of multimedia prowess and technical savviness is something we want to embrace and cultivate at Storm Headquarters.”

In his new role at Storm, Wyman will assist with the creation and testing process of new innovations being considered for release. He will also assist the marketing team with the development of drilling instructions and materials for new products. In addition, he will support the production of seminar materials to help inform and educate consumers, create news articles and videos for the website, and represent Storm at seminars, trade shows, and instructional clinics.

Wyman, a determined entrepreneur, has been working diligently throughout the bowling industry for several years. He didn’t truly immerse himself in the sport until he was a senior in high school due to the lack of opportunities for youth bowlers in Penfield, New York. However, once his uncle introduced him to the sport, he never looked back. Wyman practiced as much as he could and watched bowling diligently to gain as much knowledge as possible. His quest for information led him into Bowler’s World, the pro shop, where he learned about drilling from his mentor, Mike Rose Jr and the DiSanto family.  Throughout his tenure at Bowler’s World, he gained experience drilling equipment for customers domestically and internationally, servicing customers as far away as Northern Europe. With his acquired technical knowledge on and off the lanes, he started to compete on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour.

“I’m excited to expand my knowledge in the industry and be able to share what I learn with an even broader audience than I have in the past,” Wyman said. “There’s so much opportunity here. Everyone has been so welcoming, and I’m excited to join this team.”

Beyond bowling, Wyman has always had a passion for building, creating, and developing audio and video displays. His passion for music led him to studying audio design by building speakers and audio productions of his own. He brought this knowledge to the bowling industry, creating ball reaction videos and sharing them on his digital media channels. In 2012, he formed his own company, JWI, using his experience with visual productions combined with audio to create booth displays at trade shows within the bowling industry. In 2017, he was invited by the PBA to design the television set for the World Series of Bowling in Reno. He continued to construct sets for the PBA, PWBA and USBC including every televised major.

“We were needing to increase our technical/marketing output and Justin was looking to get more into the technical aspect of the industry. The timing was almost fortuitous, and we look forward to all the new ground that needs breaking by applying Justin’s talent here at Storm.”


Storm Announces Tour Team Enhancements

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is excited to announce changes to the Storm Tour Team. In 2019, Del Ballard Jr. will serve as PBA50 Tour Manager and Performance Bowling Consultant, Jim Callahan will be the PBA (Professional Bowlers Association) Tour Manager, and Mike DeVaney will be the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour Manger.  Through these new positions, our Tour Team will communicate with players regarding their training and goals throughout the year. 

“We are excited for the changes moving forward,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said.

“We invest a great deal on the tours to give the players who choose to throw our products the best chance for success. Elevating proven tour reps to the roles of Tour Managers will allow them the time to cultivate stronger relationships with players on their assigned tours all year long," Hulsenberg said.

Ballard has been bowling his entire life. Though he’s 55 years old, he says that he’s been in the industry for 56 years. His mother was an avid bowler when she was carrying him. Ballard has 17 PBA Regional titles and 13 PBA titles including four major titles. He has been inducted into the Dallas USBC, Texas State USBC, USBC National, and PBA Hall of Fame. He joined the Storm Family in 2005 as the Roto Grip Regional Sales Manager. In 2011, he transitioned to the role of Storm Tour Representative. He has helped countless players earn titles over the years and will continue to assist the greatest players in the world in his new role. As PBA50 Tour Manager and Performance Bowling Consultant, Ballard will be responsible for all the Team Storm touring players on the PBA50 Tour, ensuring they have the equipment they need in place, and will help analyze their games year-round to prepare them for competition. As Performance Bowling Consultant, he will also assist our team at headquarters planning and securing players on all tours.

“I love that Storm is always innovating and increasing the support for our players.,” Ballard said. “I’m happy to take on this new, fast-paced role.”

With more than two decades of experience, Callahan will be a great asset to our Team Storm players competing on the PBA Tour. Since joining Storm in 2007, he has served as a regional sales manager, served as a PBA, PBA50, and PWBA tour rep and also has provided technical support to the Singapore National team. In his new role, he will be responsible for assisting players with equipment during competition, analyzing their physical games, and providing programs year-round to support the growth of the touring players.

“I am really excited to get this exciting new opportunity,” Callahan said.

“I am looking forward to continuing the long-standing tradition of excellence on the PBA Tour, in addition to creating a new culture for our outstanding group of young players so they can achieve their goals as well," Callahan said.

DeVaney, a two-time PBA Champion, joined the Storm Family in 2016 as Tour Representative for the PBA, PBA50 and PWBA Tours. In his new position, DeVaney’s focus shifts primarily to the Team Storm players competing on the PWBA Tour and will be responsible for all aspects of the tour including ensuring equipment is in place for competition and ensuring the growth of the Team Storm players. 

“It is my goal to enhance the tour experience for our staff and to give them more than what they have ever seen from us before,” DeVaney said. “Obviously the goal is to win tournaments, but how we get there is my focus."

"I am honored to be given the opportunity to work with the best players in the world who are using the greatest brands in the world,” DeVaney said.

In addition to their main responsibilities, all three managers will collaborate together and support each tour throughout the season. 

About Storm Products, Inc.

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


Danielle McEwan In The Lab

Tonight at the PWBA Tour Championships the #2 seed, Danielle McEwan, will take on Maria Jose Rodriquez in the Semifinal Match on CBS Sports at 8pm Eastern Time.

Prior to the start of the week, we talked to Danielle about some of the work that she’s been doing off the lanes to prepare for the 2018 PWBA Season. This summer, Danielle spent a lot of time traveling to bowl. During the weeks she was home, she spent some time training at the New York Sports Science Lab (SSL) to better understand ways she can train off the lanes.

You can WATCH some of what she was working on in this video from the SSL.

According to the SSL’s website, “The Sports Science Lab (SSL) is a world-class facility focused on optimizing performance of all athletes through measuring and quantifying the subtleties and complexities of athletic movement using state-of-the-art sports science technologies. Our mission is rooted in the philosophy that every athlete, regardless of age, body type or experience level, deserves to perform at their personal best.”

Find out what Danielle has been up to in our interview below.

What’s your favorite part of training at the SSL?

I love training at the Sports Science Lab for so many reasons. The trainers are awesome, they are so supportive and are always looking for new ways to learn about and help me in my sport.

The facility is so cool, they literally have every piece of technology an athlete would ever need. From training tools for your brain, to physical tools for your body, to recovery- they have it all.

In what ways do you feel it’s improved your bowling game?

The biggest way I’ve seen it improve my bowling game is mentally. In the beginning of the season, I was really struggling with keeping a quiet mind and staying focused.

At the lab, we did a lot of work that focused on the task at hand and eliminating distractions and I instantly saw a change on the lanes.

What types of exercises do the trainers work with you for bowling?

One of the first things we noticed through my physical evaluation was that my hips were really tight and imbalanced. They gave me a bunch of stretches and exercises to add into my normal fitness routine to help focus on this.

What exercises do you do to help with your mental game?

We do a lot of sensorimotor skill exercises that train my brain to focus on the task at hand, avoid distractions and make decisions quickly on the fly. We also do a lot of rhythm drills that are bowling specific. This helps with both timing and keeping a clear mind.

As soon as you start overthinking the situation and get off timing, it’s impossible, just like overthinking a shot in bowling!

What did they discover in their analysis?

One major thing that they noticed on my body is how imbalanced I am, especially in my hips from my left to right side. I’ve know, and have been working on this for years. The motion that our sport demands us to do over and over again makes it very difficult to avoid this issue.

I cannot stress enough to anyone who bowls a lot, at any level, how important it is to take care of you body and to train outside of the bowling center.

It is so important to keep your body as balanced as you possibly can.

What kind of exercises are you able to do while traveling or at home that you learned at the SSL?

I started working with the SSL during the PWBA season, therefore, most of our focus has been on recovery and mental game. They have taught me a bunch of different ways of stretching to add to what I already do that have helped out tremendously.

As the end of the PWBA Tour Season nears, what are your bowling plans for the end of 2018?

Even though the PWBA season is ending, the end of my personal bowling season is no where in sight. I will be going overseas immediately to compete on the World Bowling Tour, as well as a few additional international events, followed by competition for Team USA and then competing with the men on the PBA Tour.

To follow updates on Danielle and all the other #TeamStorm players visit pwba.com.


PBA and FOX Sports Announce Multi-Year, Multi-Platform Deal; PBA Returns to Broadcast TV in 2019

Story from Bill Vint, PBA Media Relations. Link to original story on pba.com.

 

LOS ANGELES and CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and FOX Sports today announced a multi-year, multi-platform agreement making FOX Sports the new television partner for the Go Bowling! PBA Tour starting in 2019. The package will bring a substantial schedule of live PBA events to television, including prime time events and a new bracket-style, multi-week PBA Playoffs tournament that concludes with a unique PBA championship finale. The announcement was made by PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark and William Wanger, FOX Sports Executive VP of Programming, Live Operations and Research (see photo below).

“The PBA has been searching for the best possible broadcast partner to serve our fans, players and the bowling industry, and we have determined that partner is FOX Sports,” Clark said. “We are particularly excited that the PBA Tour returns to broadcast television, where it started 56 years ago, with shows on FOX next year.”

In 2019, FOX Sports will televise four PBA Tour shows on FOX and 25 on FS1 in a series of two-hour telecasts. All programs will also be streamed on FOX Sports GO. Details pertaining to the FOX Sports-PBA package regarding PBA Tour locations, dates and times, and the television announcing team will be released at a later date.

“FOX Sports is thrilled to add the highly rated PBA Tour to our extensive lineup, joining other sport partners including the NFL, the FIFA World Cup, MLB, NASCAR, MLS, UFC, NHRA, Supercross, USGA, college football and basketball, and others,” said Wanger. “We believe that adding a FOX Sports look and feel to bowling will help bring the sport to a whole new level.”

The PBA was represented in the transaction by Ed Desser of Desser Sports Media (www.desser.tv).

The agreement between FOX Sports and the PBA extends a non-stop television presence for professional bowling that began in 1962 with ABC Television’s 36 years of continuous coverage of the Pro Bowlers Tour and 38 consecutive years of coverage on ESPN, beginning with ESPN’s formation in 1979.

Both parties plan to supplement the broadcast and cable coverage of the PBA Tour’s premier events with live-streaming of preliminary rounds by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel as well as extensive use of the FOX Sports and PBA Network outlets including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and their respective websites.

About FOX Sports

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets.  Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships.  FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports.  In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com and FOX Sports GO.  Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

About the PBA

In 2018 the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) celebrates its 60th anniversary. The PBA is an organization of more than 3,000 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA Regional Tour, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA50 Tour events. The 2018 season also marks the 59th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, ESPN and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, GEICO, GoBowling.com, HotelPlanner.com, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. For more information, log on to www.pba.com.


12th Annual Storm | Domino's Pizza Cup SBS Korea Tournament

240 top players from around the world competed at the Hogye Sports Complex Bowling Center in Seoul, S. Korea December 16-21, 2017.

The event attracted Professional bowlers from Korea, Japan, and the United States, as well as several high-ranking amateurs from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and more.

Total Prize money was 160 Million Korean Won ($150,00 US Dollars) with 30,000,000 Korean Won (USD $28,400) to the winner.

The finalist to the TV Championship Round included two finalists from S. Korea, Sanpil Park and Heeyeo Yoon, plus Cherie Tan of Singapore, and Anthony Simonsen of the United States.

(shown left to right Anthony Simonsen, Heeyeo Yoon, Cherie Tan, and Sanpil Park, and KPBA representative)

 

This was a Major Championship which featured live local broadcasting and showcased several of the major sponsors such as Storm, Domino's Pizza, and Kegel, LLC.

(SBS SPORTS LIVE & COMPOSITE CHANNEL LIVE COVERAGE)

 

In the championship match, Anthony Simonsen defeated Heeyeo Yoon 268-223 to claim the top prize!

Anthony Simonsen, Champion

 

Storm co-owners Bill and Barb Chrisman were on hand throughout the entire tournament, and without their generosity this tournament would not be possible.

Bill and Barb Chrisman, Co-Owners of Storm Products, Inc.

 

Glimpse of the Victory Banquet which concluded the event. Title sponsors Storm Products, Inc. and Jinseung Trading Co. helped make this event a Major Championships for the KPBA, the Korean Professional Bowlers Association.

Mr. JP Jeon, CEO of Jinseung Trading Co. (left) with top finishers from the tournament

 

Congratulations to all who were involved to make this an amazing event!