The 2022 PWBA Tour seasons kicks off this week with the PWBA Rockford Open in Rockford, Illinois. The 2022 season will feature 12 events, 7 of which will have the finals airing on CBS Sports Network. This will be an exciting season for the PWBA athletes as they will be competing for larger prize funds including a $60,000.00 first place prize for both the USBC Queens and U.S. Women’s Open. The season ending PWBA Tour Championship is also a Major title and will close out the 2022 season in Dallas, Texas in August.
The 2021 season ended in October so the Team Storm athletes are eager to hit the lanes after their 6 month break. Team Storm took home 14 of the 20 tour titles last year and there are many great story lines to look forward to this season. 36 National staff players represent the Storm, Roto Grip, and 900 Global brands with a mix of rookies to veterans and we look forward to an exciting season. We chatted with the players who are heading out to the first stop this week to ask them about being a professional bowler, what they are looking forward to, and their goals for the season.
Liz Johnson – After 26 years of being a professional bowler, what motivates you to start this season and compete? I just feel like I have some fuel left in my tank. I still love to bowl and compete. I know I can still be out there with the best of the best.
What are your goals for the season? I still strive to get cashes and cuts every week and I know I have more titles out there to win. I think bowling less weeks with more money including 2 weeks where we have 3 tournaments in one center will work in my favor. Maybe get as close to the title record as I can of 33?
Favorite new balls – Gem, Nova and UC3.
Kelly Kulick – You had a great season in 2021 but have decided to cut back on your tournament schedule this season? What factors helped you make that decision? I ended 2019 in a negative place. I wasn’t happy out on tour for multiple reasons. I was proud of my 2021 season. I got out of the gate with immediate success in Minnesota. I was staying with friends, and it set the pace for a positive mindset. I was able to drive to many of the stops which was good on my wallet and replaced the hassle of flying and lugging equipment. My decision to cut back came at the end. I was having difficulty finding the joy in bowling, even when I made cuts and shows. I am very hard on myself and expect so much. When I don’t figure out the puzzle, I get mad. I still want to win, but the motivation to put the effort in is not the same. That makes me even more sad.
Storm gave me an opportunity to work with the PBA50. I thought that would be beneficial to the men and myself. Maybe it would motivate me? In a way, it has. The senior men are impressive to watch and learn from. I reached out to some of my friends for advice and they helped me to my decision. In some way, I hope I do want to bowl more events. I’m a realist. The world we live in is scary to me at times. I’m always wondering what if? This sport has rewarded me in so many ways, but it also has let me down. Will it ever gain the respect it deserves? I guess I’m a little tired of fighting for our sport. And there also comes a time when you start thinking about the future and what it looks like. Can’t bowl forever. Still waiting to win the lottery!
You have become the first ever female ball rep and have recently been working with PBA50 players having a lot of success? Are you enjoying your new role and do you think it will benefit your own bowling? I am immensely enjoying my role as ball rep on the PBA50 Tour. Every ball they roll, I roll with them. I want our players to be successful and have every opportunity to win. The pressure is just as intense repping as it is when I’m actually bowling. As a rep, you relay information and allow the player to decide for themself. The playing field and lane condition is the same for everyone, but each athlete has a different style, with differences in speed, rotation, and ball choice. What works for one may not work for another. It keeps me on my toes. I don’t envy our team of reps and their responsibility. I find it harder at times. Because of this, I am seeing ball reaction and understanding it even faster. There are similarities with the PBA50 tour and PWBA. The lanes tighten up after the first game and a half similar to ours depending on what the pattern design is. Ball surface is most important as well as ball speed. This short duration repping will benefit my reactions and decisions when bowling for myself. Certain oils match certain covers within our brands. With all the information I have gathered, my guesses will be better and quicker. One extra strike a game is huge. Our game continues to evolve. Our variables constantly change. There is never a definite answer. If you can eliminate what doesn’t work, it makes the solution much easier to seek out.
What are your goals for the season? I am bowling 6 events. My goal is to make every cut and learn. I still have a desire to win and compete. I still love bowling but I’m not IN love with bowling. I am in good health and above average shape. I would like to walk away with one more major title and a few more on my resume. I would also like to learn as much as I can to be a better rep and coach for Junior Team USA.
Favorite new balls – I like some of the balls introduced in 2021. UC2, Dark Code, Zen Master are my top 3. I also like the UC3 and Nova.
Danielle McEwan – Following a year that you dealt with an injury to your foot, how is your foot doing as you start the PWBA season in 2022? Last year was very difficult and challenging due to my injury. It has been taking a long time to work through, but it is doing much better. It is certainly an improvement from the start of last year!
What are your goals for the season? Coming back from a injury has forced me to work harder and smarter than I ever have before. I believe if I can put it all together, I can do something great and it can be the best season yet.
Favorite thing about being a professional bowler? My favorite thing about being a professional bowler is the ability to travel the country and the world and meet people from all over.
Favorite new balls – Nova
Bryanna Cote – You are entering your 7th season on the PWBA Tour as the reigning Player of the Year. Is there any added pressure to perform as well as you did last season? As being reigning POY, I think it comes with added pressure. However, it’s not something that I’m going to be thinking about this season.
What are your goals for this season? My goal, just like every other season, is to be as consistent as possible. In the end, if that means I’m POY again, so be it. I just need to focus on each frame, each game and each event. I must stay as present as possible and whatever happens, happens.
Favorite new balls – I’d say the newest ball I really like in my arsenal is the Nova. It compliments my Physix really well!
Josie Barnes – It’s been more than 6 months since you ended your 2021 season with a huge win at the US Open, how excited are you to return to the lanes? I’m both excited and nervous! Long breaks really build up the energy to be back on the lanes. This season will be interesting because everything is back to back, so being away from family will be hard. I just feel lucky to be able to compete another season. I’m also super excited because my sister is getting back into competing and she’ll be out on tour for parts of the season!
What are your goals for this season? My main goal this season is to trust what I do. Last season was a struggle until the Open and a large part of this is because I was trying to be something I wasn’t. Outside of that the goal is always going to be putting myself in situations to win a title.
Favorite new balls – Right now my favorite is the Nova! The gem is growing on me as well.
Julia Bond – In just your 2nd year on tour, you won 3 titles (1 major) in 2021 and were nearly Player of the Year? How do you follow up that season in 2022 and what are you looking forward to? In 2021 I felt like I was figuring out who I was as a person and as a bowler. I learned a lot about myself, and I did a lot of growing on and off the lanes. I’m hoping to build upon what I’ve already accomplished so far. To me it’s not so much as ‘following up’ the previous season, but continuing the learning process that I’ve started. I’m really looking forward to the new tour stops this season and helping represent the PWBA!
Favorite new balls – My favorite new ball is the Nova.
Verity Crawley – In 2022, you are coming off of the 2021 season where you won your first title and was in the Player of the Year running? How do you follow that up and what are your goals for the 2022 season? The important thing for me, is to actually not focus on what happened last year and not ‘try to follow it up’. I had an amazing season last year and by no means will I forget how I performed, however this is a new year, with a fresh mindset. I cannot copy what happened in the past, nor can I try to perform better. I just have to bowl and trust myself.
My main goals for this year are to:
- Use my mental routine before every spare shot, to eliminate any negative thoughts and allow me to be fully focused on what’s infant of me.
- Enjoy the thrill of competing. Embracing the moment and realising how lucky I am week in and week out. Remember it is just a game. No regrets.
For me, the biggest change in 2021 was my mindset. My pure happiness to be on the lanes. That came from being sent home for three months and having bowling taken away from me. It completely changed my perspective and I believe that it really benefited me. This year, I haven’t had bowling taken away from me, I have been able to train fully, besides some injury. I really want to focus on that thankful mindset and the pure joy of being able to compete against the best in the world.
What have you learned from your years on the PWBA Tour? I have learnt so much, I don’t even know where to start. Here’s a few things:
There are some phenomenal women bowlers. Traveling can be fun, it can also be very stressful. Plan as well as you can, to allow you to be stress free. Whether that is flying a day early or taking some time to have a nice dinner, do what makes you happy. We bowl on hard lane conditions, it’s really important to understand what your equipment does, to allow you to make smarter decisions. The struggles will make you stronger. Take notes from every event, learn from the good and the bad situations. There is no such thing as failure. However, those struggles will be hard and it’s important to put life in perspective in those hard times. Being healthy and aware of your nutrition will allow you to survive event to event. If you don’t take care of your body, injuries or even just fatigue, will prevent you from competing at your best. Be thankful for competing with/against the best in the world. There are many people who will never get that opportunity. Learn from them.
Favorite new balls – My arsenal for tour this year, consists of some staple favourites, the Storm !Q Tour, Phaze II and then I have some other favourites such as the Storm Dark Code, Proton PhysiX and 900 Global Zen Master. I’ll be taking 12 balls with me to the first PWBA event!
Diana Zavjalova – After nearly 6 months since the last PWBA event, what are you most looking forward to when the season starts? I’m most looking forward just being out on the tour. I truly enjoy bowling these events and traveling from one stop to another with my dear friends and just enjoying life. It sounds a bit cliche, but I love just being out on the tour and competing. It’s challenging, frustrating, fun and all the things you can imagine, and I enjoy that.
What are your goals for the season? My goal for the season is to get back in the winner’s circle! And I have a very good feeling this year!
Favorite new balls – Well my all-time favorite is RST X1, which is not new. But from the new ones I really adore Wolverine and Gem.
Missy Parkin – You joined Team Storm this year, how long did it take you to get used to new equipment in your arsenal? Getting used to the new equipment has definitely been a learning curve. I think it took me a solid 2-3 months before I really felt like I fully understood my arsenal and didn’t have any major gaps. I was also very fortunate to have a lot of help in that regard, both from my visit to Utah in late January, the ball reps and my coach John Janawicz.
What are you most looking forward to this season? Having the ability to bowl my “A game” more often since the Storm equipment allows me to do so, as well as having added help on the lanes from the ball reps.
What are your goals for the season? Winning another Major, specifically the US Open and Player of the Year
Favorite new balls – The Gem, Idol Helios, Phaze II and Pitch Black.
Clara Guerrero – Have you enjoyed joining Team Storm and getting used to new equipment as you train for the season? Yes, I have truly enjoyed getting to know the balls and setting my new arsenal for the PWBA season. I can stay aggressive on the lanes and I can’t wait to compete in my upcoming competitions representing Storm. Also, I have had incredible support from the Storm team and headquarters since I signed in January and this has made the entire process much easier. I am thankful and excited!
What do you like best about being a professional bowler? What I like the most about being a professional bowler is that I can do what I love for a living. The adrenaline of competition, traveling the world, and getting to know amazing people on the way is not too bad either.
What are your goals for the season? To win! To have my best season to date yet.
Favorite new balls – I love my RSTX 1, Dark Code, UC3, IQ tour.
Jillian Martin – What events are you planning to bowl this season? I would love to bowl them all but I have other events I’ll be bowling like Jr Team USA so I’m not sure just yet. I am going to bowl whatever I can bowl while still maintaining my physical, mental, and emotional health.
What is the most important thing you learned from the PWBA events you bowled last year? Even though I only bowled a few events last season, I would say the most important thing I learned would be that you can push yourself to do incredible things as an athlete, but it’s not always best for yourself as a human being. At the end of the day we are people, not just athletes, and finding that balance is something I’m learning to prioritize.
After making history and being the youngest ever to win a professional title, what are your goals for this season? My goals for this season are not traditional. I want to be a happy, healthy 17-year-old, and enjoy my last few months with my friends before I go to college. As a competitor I would obviously love another trophy, but my biggest goal is to put who I am as a person in front of who I am as an athlete. I truly believe it will allow me to exhibit a new level of passion and joy on the lanes that will allow me to compete at my best and enjoy every moment.
Favorite new balls – The Nova has been a recent favorite, and I’ve grown really fond of the Dark Code over the last month even though it got released almost a year ago now! Excited for the Zen Soul too!!
Diandra Asbaty – How do you handle being a full-time Mom, entrepreneur and bowler? It’s a tricky dance for sure. Being able to balance time between mom things, building new things out of passion, and still being a competitive bowler has taken some time to figure out. For me, time management is key. I focus on time-blocking and I always have a weekly plan. I also give myself grace when things don’t go as planned.
What are your plans for the PWBA season? I’m planning on bowling Rockford, The Queens, Minnesota, US Open, and the Luci. I’m looking forward to jumping back into it!
What are your goals for the events you’ll be bowling? My goal is always to represent myself and my sponsors with integrity and grace. I don’t believe in regrets so I will put everything I have out there and when everything is done I will feel content that I did what I could. While I bowl with my entire heart, I look forward to mentoring the young players on tour as well.
Favorite new balls – SO MANY new favorite balls! I love the Gem, Idol Helios, and the Nova so much! Can’t wait to compete with them.
Lindsay Boomershine – What are you most looking forward to when the PWBA season starts? I’m looking forward to a bunch of different things when the PWBA season begins to start. We are lucky to have a Tour to compete on, so for starters I’m grateful for that. I’m also eager to get going and hope to see my physical and mental preparation pay off. I’ve been working hard on all aspects of the game. Every year I want to be stronger, smarter, and more prepared than the last. Now that my son Aiden is at an age where he understands my profession, it is harder to leave him every year but I want him to see that you can have it all. You can have wonderful family/friends, a successful career, but most importantly anything is possible if you sent your mind to it! I want him to be proud of me and I hope once he decides what he wants to do, he never gives up, and goes for everything he wants in life.
What are your goals for the season? My goals for this season are very simple. I am going to stay present, patient, and most of all persistent. I’m hoping that if I stick to my plan and make smart decisions that I will hopefully have my best season yet and win my 1st title. I truly believe if I stick to my process that I will have an amazing season and show my wonderful husband and son that dreams with hard work can ultimately pay off.
Favorite new balls – Reality, Zen Soul, Zen, IQ Tour, UC3
Gazmine Mason – What are you most looking forward to this season? I am really just looking forward to competing and being in that atmosphere again.
What have you learned the most from being on tour a few years now? I have learned that patience really is key. Being patient slows everything down for me and helps me process what the lane is asking me to do much faster.
Favorite new balls – Phaze 4, Nova, Altered Reality
Maria Bulanova – You had a very respectable rookie season on the PWBA Tour last year. What was the most important thing you learned last year? There are so many things I learned last year, but surprisingly the most important thing is not directly about my time on tour. I realized how important off-season is because it is the only thing that is guaranteed to be with me at every stop I go to. I believe the biggest mistake I made last year was simply “keeping up” my form instead of working on my weak spots, which ended up hurting my scores at times last year. This year’s schedule is very tight, allowing little to no practice in between stops, so I have been working on a lot of things in the offseason to be fully prepared for anything tour throws at me this year.
What are your goals for this season? My big goal for this season is to obviously make more cuts and, hopefully, win my first title. My small goal is to stay in the game and take it one shot at a time. Last year I found myself going with the flow way too many times, losing focus. I am determined to change that this year and do better!
Favorite new balls – Nova, my new freshly drilled Dark Code and Idol Helios
Kayla Bandy – What are you most looking forward to this season? I am looking forward to competing against the best women in the world for another season. The non-tour season looked very different for me this season so I am very much looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish after a good bit of work.
What have you learned from being on the PWBA Tour? I have learned that to be successful on the PWBA Tour you better be 1. confident in who you are as a person, 2. know exactly what makes you a bowler well-equipped to be successful professionally, and 3. have a SOLID inner circle!
What are your goals for the season? Patience with a good balance of — go after what you want!
Favorite new balls – I am not playing favorites with my bowling balls this season. I am excited about every single ball in my bag and the “slot” it fills in my bag!
Lauren Pate – What have you learned from being on the PWBA Tour? Patience is key and to always stay present.
What are you looking forward to this season? I look forward to competing again. I feel I have grown alot the past year and I feel I am in a really good spot with my game.
What are your goals for the season? Some goals I have, are to grab a check every week, finish in top 12 at stops, and most importantly, win my first PWBA Tour Title!!
Favorite new balls – I’m really loving a shiny 900 Global Reality, Hyped Pearl and Hyped Hybrid, and the !Q Tour.
Abby Ragsdale – What was the most important thing you learned from your 1st year on the PWBA Tour? The most important thing I learned from my first year was adjusting to how different things are from the college level to the PWBA. One of those being, that I had my teammates with me every step of the way as well as coaches and on tour you’re mostly figuring things out on your own. Just knowing the process of how things worked is an adjustment. Usually in the collegiate level, coaches or teammates show you the ropes but on tour, you just have to jump in head first.
What are you looking forward to this season? I’m looking forward to improving on some of the struggles I had last year. I’m also looking forward to seeing some of my friends that I haven’t seen since the ending of last tour!
What are your goals for the season? My goals for this season are to stay in the present moment, don’t let the moment get too big, and get deeper into the tournaments besides just cashing.
Favorite new balls – Nova and Gem
Jodi Woessner – You won the Senior Queens earlier this year, how do you feel about possibly winning the regular Queens to make history? I would love to make history and feel I have as great of a chance as anyone to win. I’ve been disappointed in a few of the recent Queens by missing the cut but have a lot of confidence going into this year. I’ll have the same mentality as I did at the Senior Queens, play smart, make good shots and win matches!
What are you most looking forward to this season? Mostly I’m looking forward to the competition and to continue applying what I’ve learned about the game and my game. I also love that I’ll be able to drive to the first 2 tournaments in Illinois then after a couple week break, drive to the US Open in New York. Thinking about hitting a PBA 50 stop or two as well!
What are your goals for the season? I’m nowhere near done competing so until I am, the goal is always to put myself in position to win and keep learning. The saying “if I only knew then what I know now” is so real and now the goal is to know how and when to use the knowledge I’ve gained to make the best decisions on the lanes.
Favorite new balls – Phaze 4, Wolverine and Nova
For more info about the 2022 PWBA season, click here.