Youth Spotlight: Caroline Thesier

Name: Caroline Thesier

Age: 17

Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina

Home Bowling Center: Victory Lanes

Favorite Pro Bowler: Kelly Kulick

One of the brightest and hardest working young athletes we have seen in a long time, Miss Caroline Thesier is truly having a memorable 2019. In January, she was selected to Junior Team USA from her performance at the Team USA Trials in Las Vegas. In March, she won her second Storm Youth Championship (SYC) title in Rohnert Park, California. At home in North Carolina, she won three Tough Shot Tour titles and was named Bowler of the Year in May. She traveled to Smyrna, TN for Memorial Day weekend and finished second overall in the U20 Division at the Music City SYC. After that she traveled to Junior Team USA camp in Texas where she said she got to know her other teammates and built a special bond with them.

Caroline went straight from Junior Camp to Florida for Teen Masters where she had another impressive runner-up finish. As soon as she finished in Florida, Caroline, her brother Nate and her dad Jack drove home to North Carolina to pick up her mom and then continued their summer travels to Detroit for Junior Gold.

Caroline’s week in Detroit was solid from start to finish and she was never lower than 18th place and qualified 3rd for the U17 TV show which aired on CBS Sports. In the title match, Caroline bowled 265 to take home the title and a $4000 scholarship.

When asked what the highlight of her action packed summer was, Caroline said,

“The highlight of my summer had to be either Team USA Camp or winning Junior Gold. Both of them were so amazing, I can’t decide!”

After a celebratory family trip to Disney World, she came home and won the first Tough Shots Tour event of their season in Durham, NC. Caroline is entered in the last two SYCs this year in Wichita and Myrtle Beach so we can assume more titles might be added to her growing resume.

 

It appears that there’s no stopping Caroline this year!


Nick Pate Earns Gold Medal at PAN AM Games

Many of our Team Storm players spend much of their year traveling to compete across the United States and several even fly around the world for their next event.

In January, Nick Pate joined Team Storm and started the year off by rolling 300 on Day 3 of Team Trials to earn a spot on Team USA.

Since that first event of the year, he has continued to excel on the lanes and recently traveled to represent the United States with Team USA at the PAN AM Games in Lima, Peru. Though Pate had a slow start to the week, he kept his mental game sharp and continued to work hard on the lanes throughout the competition.

“The grind was in full effect all week,” Pate said. “Each day I told myself that I need to be mentally stronger than the next and do whatever it takes. I found success by doing something breathing exercises and I’m glad it worked.”

His mental determination paid off when Pate rolled 300 during the singles event using the new PRO-Motion. Pate, as do most of the players who have thrown the PRO-Motion see it as a benchmark ball in their bag. When the lanes are transitioning, or you need something predictable this seems to be the ball that our Team Storm players rely on.

“The PRO-Motion is incredible,” Pate said. “I tried the IDOL in practice, but it wasn’t coming off the spot the way I needed to. PRO-Motion gave me a little bit more down lane reaction. It gave me the bigger symmetric ball roll in the front but didn’t burn up off the spot and continued through the deck beautifully.”

For Pate, the lanes continued to get tougher and he kept his mental game sharp as he battled to earn the gold medal. The final match was between Pate and Marcelo Suartz of Brazil came down to the final frames. In the end, Pate was victorious 190-189.

“Winning the gold medal means the absolute world to me,” Pate said. “The Pan Am Games is the closest thing that bowling has to Olympics and to win the gold medal is just incredible.”

Pate, who had a successful collegiate career competing for Midland University. In 2015, his team finished second at the Intercollegiate Team Championships and he was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award. In 2017, he took home the title at the Intercollegiate Singles Championships. After graduation, Pate has moved on to compete on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour full-time. Since joining Team Storm, he has qualified for match play seven times and continues to grow as an athlete.

“My favorite part of the year is the constant learning,” Pate said. “I’m learning more and more what balls fit my game. Most importantly, I’m learning how to become better with my mental game.”

We’re proud that Pate chooses to throw Storm and Roto Grip products and we’re looking forward to all that he will accomplish in the sport of bowling.


Bowlers Join Forces To Raise Funds In Houston

The PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament, sponsored by Storm kicks off this weekend. The “Luci”, as the touring players refer to it, is the world’s largest and most popular Mixed Doubles Tournament in the world.

A sold-out field of 160 doubles teams from all around the world will travel to Houston, Texas to compete in the 20th annual event.

2018 Champions, Liz Johnson and EJ Tackett

The brain child of newly inducted PWBA Hall of Famer, Donna Conners, the event represents the power of coming together in fellowship for a cause. Conners and Luci Bonneau met through bowling and became travel partners on the LPBT. In 1999, Bonneau was battling breast cancer and Conners never left her side. They dreamed of creating a bowling tournament to raise funds for breast cancer research when her treatment was complete. When Bonneau passed away, Conners knew she had to build the event they dreamed about.

"Upon starting the tournament, I had a plan and then worked the plan," Conners said. "My five year plan was met in three years, so every three years I made a five year plan."

Although the players are competing for a title and a $20,000 top prize they all know that this event means more than just that. 

All of the funds raised are donated to The Rose, a Houston-based organization that helps women who can’t afford breast care treatment or mammograms, and the Huntsman Group, a cancer research facility based in Utah.

"Taking care of the players was the main objective of the event but I've found that the players have taken care of me,"  Conners said.

"Together, hand and hand, we have grown this event. I have a theory that without the players, we don’t have a pro-am. Without the pro-am, we don’t raise money for the charity. With the the added support of all the sponsors and volunteers the event continues to reach new heights every year. I am so honored and forever grateful to all."

Storm Products have been proud sponsors of the event since 2002

We're proud to support the event in every way possible. In 2019, Storm joined forces with recent Donna Conners, to initiate our 2019 Paint the Lanes Pink™ campaign by offering 300 Limited-Edition !Q Tour 20™  bowling balls.

An exclusive club of 300 supporters have added one of these Limited-Edition !Q Tour 20 bowling balls to their collection. The Chrismans also elected to donate all the manufacturing costs to ensure the full $90,000 raised will go towards helping someone in the future.

"I'm truly speechless," Conners said. "It was an opportunity to raise money for the foundation that even I could not have planned for. I'm so thankful to Storm."

The tournament will be part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour and will stream live on FloBowling.

Teams will be split into four squads and bowl one 7-game round on Friday and Saturday. The top 40 teams will bowl another 5-game qualifying round Sunday. The field will be cut to the top eight teams who will advance to an 8-game round-robin match play final round.

For a complete roster of teams entered, click here. To learn more about FloBowling subscription prices and to watch live all weekend visit FloBowling.com.


A Chat With Danielle McEwan

It’s not the first time that Danielle McEwan hugged a championship trophy but it’s definitely one she will always remember.

In June, McEwan defeated Tannya Roumimper to win the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open. This was her second career PWBA major title and her fifth PWBA title overall.

"This was one of my top goals - to win the U.S. Women's Open," McEwan said in the official USBC Press Release.

We asked Danielle to reflect on this incredible achievement and share some of what was going through her mind throughout the week. She shared her thoughts and some tips for all the bowlers in Storm Nation in the interview below.

Tell us about the week. How did you stay present through the difficult lane conditions?

This week was possibly the best I've ever seen my mental game for so many days in a row. Between seeing the patterns in the practice sessions and knowing from past experiences how challenging the format of the US Open is, I knew it was going to be an extremely challenging week. However, I also felt I was ready for that challenge. I was feeling confident with my physical game after the last couple of stops and I knew if I stayed patient and went through my process, anything was possible.

In the final match, you had to double to defeat both opponents. What was going through your mind?

When I got up in the tenth frame both matches, my brain was possibly the quietest it’s ever been. In the past, I struggled being in this exact situation because my brain would start going crazy. I would focus too much on the result, the what ifs and all the things that are outside of my control. Those ended up being shots that cost me matches and titles.

I've spent hours and hours going over those shots, talking to coaches about what happened and how I will handle it differently the next time. This time, it all came together. All the lessons of the past clicked at the perfect time and I just did it.

What does this win mean to you? Is it your favorite win of all time?

This title means the absolute world to me. THE U.S. OPEN! It's the hardest, most prestigious tournament of the year. Only the best of the best have won this event in the past and I am so honored to add my name to that list.

Which balls were in your bag throughout the week?

  • Spare ball!!!! Which was my life saver on those super difficult patterns.
  • Sure Lock
  • Idol
  • Phaze 2
  • !Q Tour
  • Code Red
  • Code Black
  • Halo Pearl
  • Hustle Ink
  • Idol Pearl

I left my ball card the same for the round of matchplay.

For the show, I swapped out the Sure Lock, Phaze 2 and Code Red for a !Q Emerald, Winner Solid, and Hyroad Pearl, the ball I ended up using on the show. I'm very lucky that my Storm Tour Team consists of the best and smartest guys out there.

Has your preparation or practice changed since the start of the PWBA Tour?

My pre-season training routine and mid-season training routine are very different. Before the season starts, I'm on the lanes all day, every day and if I'm not on the lanes, I'm in the gym. However, once the season starts, my practices turn into much shorter, focused practices with lighter gym workouts. These weekends on tour take everything out of me, so most of the week is spent recovering and preparing to handle the upcoming weekend, both physically and mentally.

You'll be switching roles a little bit and coaching your siblings at Junior Gold. Are you looking forward to helping them on the lanes?

I can't wait to be at Junior Gold supporting Nick and Tor. They are super talented and work so hard. I love being able to be right behind them as they chase their dreams. BUT.......... it's so much easier to compete than watch. The week of Junior Gold often feels more stressful for me standing in the back, out of control, living and dying with every shot they throw, than the U.S. Open itself.

What advice do you have for all the bowlers out there who are getting ready to attack a tournament near them?

Be prepared.

As most of you know, I have a very disciplined practice and workout routine. I do most of that so that when I walk into an event, I know that I'm prepared for whatever challenges are ahead of me and that helps me with my confidence.

Practice hard, be prepared and be organized, that's how you will compete at your best.

Though Danielle McEwan is spending the week at the 2019 USBC Junior Gold Championships, she's still fitting in some time to practice. The PWBA Tour returns July 25 for the PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles. For more information on Danielle and all the PWBA players visit pwba.com.


Sitters Wins Back-To-Back At National Disability Championships

Over 400 bowlers took to the lanes to compete in the 2019 National Tenpin Bowling Association (TBA) National Disability Championship which took place in Canberra, Australia. According to TBA's official website, the tournament which is open to all TBA players who have a who have a disability (defined as a person who suffers from a condition that has limitation, restriction or impairment that restricts everyday activity. The condition is permanent.).

There are multiple events throughout the weekend including Open State Team Challenge, Open Masters, Restricted Masters, and Classic Masters.

In the Open Masters event, James Sitters of New South Wales defended his title exclusively using Storm Products. Sitters chose to throw his Phaze and Phaze II and led the qualifying rounds. Sitters threw a 278 game in the final round to earn the 2019 Open Masters title. He has now won the 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019 titles.

Sitters hopes to return to the United States in 2020 to compete in some PBA Tour events. Thanks for choosing to throw Storm, James!

More info on the events can be found here. 


Team Storm Update From Las Vegas

Things are really heating up in Las Vegas!

If you happen to be visiting the entertainment capital of the world this week, you're in luck! Between The USBC Open Championships, The Weber Cup and the US Women's Open there's plenty of ways to watch bowling. Even if you're not in town, you can follow most of the bowling action by watching online.

WEBER CUP UPDATE

On Wednesday, Team USA rolled the first baker 300 game at the Weber Cup which helped them take the lead over Europe, 10-6.

Full match scores include:

USA 10–6 EUROPE

Kyle Troup 278–201 Osku Palermaa
Butturff/Barnes 234-236 Palermaa/Barrett
Chris Barnes 257
–234 Dominic Barrett
Troup/Butturff 236-257 Svensson/Palermaa
Jakob Butturff 278
–235 Jesper Svensson
Barnes/Simonsen 267-267 Barrett/Williams (USA win roll-off 60-16)
Kyle Troup 246–242 Osku Palermaa
USA 300-257 Europe

 

Photo Credit: Vincent Rochefort/Matchroom Multi Sport

Weber Cup XX is taking place at Mandalay Bay Resort with live matches daily 11 am through Friday. The event is broadcast live globally on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in America. More info can be found by visiting www.webercup.com.

Women's US Open

The challenging patterns have been testing the ladies of the PWBA this week at the US Women's Open taking place at Texas Station in Las Vegas. Danielle McEwan lead the Team Storm players in 2nd after two days of qualifying on Wednesday. She has averaged 212.75 through 16 games of qualifying. Liz Johnson, Julia Bond, Anita Arnett, and Thashaina Seraus round out the Team Storm players in the Top 10. USBC and PWBA Hall of Fame Member, Leanne Hulsenberg averaging 225.75 to jump into 14th place. Her 1806 set was the second highest set of all 108 players on Day 2.

Watch some of the styles of Team Storm competing at the US Open in this video.

Qualifying at the US Open continues Thursday where the field will be cut to the top 36 players.

Bowling fans can follow all the action LIVE on BowlTV. More info can be found by visiting pwba.com

USBC Open Championships

Team Storm player, Dan Higgins, led his team to success at the USBC Open Championships over the weekend. The members of Higgy's Aquarium took over the lead of the team event with a 3,362 total. The team marked all but one frame. Higgins put together a 755 set using two Phaze IIs and an !Q Tour.

"My performance is a credit to my team, and how they help me," said Higgins in the USBC Release. "I'm all about being clean and accurate, but without this team, my job is a lot harder. It's great to have the chemistry we have, everyone pulling for one another, and no one in it for themselves."

He shared his thoughts on the event with past OC Champion Matt McNiel in this interview.

Higgy's Aquarium took home the Team All-Events title in 2016. They finished second in 2017 and 2018.

Read more about the success of Higgy's Aquarium here.


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. 

 

 


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.

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