JOHN GAINES - From the Pro Shop to Team USA to the Hall of Fame

If you have ever bowled the USBC Open Championships, you have likely seen or heard about the famous Lodge Lanes team of the 1990s. which included such Hall of Famers as Chris Barnes, Pat Healey, Jr. and Tommy Jones. It also included fellow Hall of Famer and Team USA member John Gaines, and just a few years ago, John built a new Open Championships team which paid tribute to his first group that dominated year after year some time ago. In 2013, Lodge Lanes Too earned the team title with an incredible score of 3538., giving John his fourth Eagle, and shortly thereafter was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame.



Currently, I work for K&K Glass. My official title is Business Development Specialist, and we have approximately 180 employees. We are mainly auto glass, replace and repair. But we also offer commercial and residential glazing, or “flat” glass as we call it. I currently run the calibration department.

What is calibration you ask? Many of today’s vehicles have safety features or ADAS (Advanced Driver Safety Systems) They include Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision, Adaptive Cruise Control and so on. These systems use a small camera mounted in a bracket on the windshield. When the windshield is replaced in a vehicle with a forward-facing camera, that camera is not exactly in the same place prior to replacement. The system needs to be calibrated to the new position of the camera. This will help pull the vehicle back to the center of the lane. And you thought RG’s and Diff’s were complicated! I am also transitioning into the sales side. I will be running the fleet sales team and am in the training process currently for that position. I will still be running the calibration department, as well. So, yes, quite busy!

I was fortunate to know the owner of K & K Glass, Dan Knowlton, through my days as a District Sales Manager for a bowling manufacturer. Dan is also a very accomplished bowler and owner of two pro shops. I had grown weary of traveling from bowling. I had been on the road either throwing the ball myself or working in the industry for almost 30 years. Plus, many injuries along the way and I just couldn’t perform to the level I was used to. It was time for a change and a new challenge in life.

I really hadn’t looked very hard, but I was always open to opportunities. I was on the phone one day with Dan and just asked him if he was hiring. At first, he thought I was kidding, then he realized I wasn’t. He asked me what I knew about auto glass or glazing. My response was quick and to the point. Absolutely nothing! But our relationship was strong enough, and he knew I had some business sense. We set up a meeting with himself and his two V.P’s. About a week later he sent me an offer letter. I was actually out on the road working for 900 Global as a ball rep when I accepted the position about a week later. I fulfilled my commitment to them, as well as some others. On July 23rd 2018, I began with K & K Glass.

I do miss my friends. I really miss competition. (One) can’t simulate that feeling of competition. I still bowl once a month in a local doubles’ tournament with Kelly. I bowl our state tournament every year. But I have a beautiful wife and three great kids. My son John has started to show an interest in football, so we throw the ball around a lot. He even likes running routes like a wide receiver. First time he caught a bomb I threw he turned around and spiked the ball and threw his arms up in the air!

My daughter Madison has shown some interest in Volleyball. Couple weekends ago just her and I went and played mini-golf. My youngest Ryan is now 16 months and running all over the place. He is hilarious to watch. Kelly still loves to bowl and bowls league once a week. She also has been bowling some local ladies’ events lately. I’ll still bowl with Kelly and some other small events, and I do thoroughly enjoy bowling those with her. I would rather help her achieve the goals she has for bowling than bowl myself.

But to get ready for a national event is just not in the cards right now. As you can read from the previous pages, I have been very lucky to have the career I’ve had. More importantly to meet the people I’ve met and be in my life. Even the people I work with now. Most of them don’t bowl, but it still came through bowling because of the relationship I had with Dan (Knowlton) through bowling. I’ll forever be grateful to this game, sport, and industry of bowling. In the words of the late John Davis “What a life!”


THE 1990’s

You (Steve Kloempken) and I met through a mutual bowling friend Rod Mclean. I grew up in the greater Baltimore area and Rod was a prominent player. When Rod got back from one of his trips, I was naturally interested in hearing his experiences. He talked about traveling to a different country and bowling for the Stars and Stripes and standing on the podium hearing the Star-Spangled Banner. He also talked about some of the young players like Rick Steelsmith and yourself. When I went to Vegas for one of the High Roller events, I saw your name, and basically walked up and introduced myself and, well, our friendship has been there ever since!

I also owned the pro shop with Mark Anderson at Country Club Lanes where the tournament was being held. Country Club Lanes was very well known as it was owned by Dennis Baldwin. Dennis was also CEO and President of Faball. Dennis loved promoting the center and being in the limelight. Country Club Lanes hosted PBA and LPBT national tour stops. It also hosted PBA Regionals. It’s actually the center where I won my first PBA Regional title also. So yeah, I kind of knew the center pretty well and ‘didn’t mind’ bowling there!

I had already met many bowlers and industry people by the time Mark and I became owner of World Class Pro Shop. I met Mark while he was working for Wayne Stepp and Glen Burnie Pro Shop. Wayne was a very good player in the area and an excellent ball driller. We were pretty much THE place to go for bowling equipment. Wayne and Dennis Baldwin struck up a business/friendship relationship. We were fortunate enough to have direct access to anything and everything coming out of the Faball plant. Including drilling many test balls. It’s how I met Wes Pye. Wes would be great at calling me at about 6pm and saying, “hey could you drill a couple of test balls for me?” Sure, no problem. Little did I know that sometimes he would bring 10-15 balls to drill! We would be there sometimes until midnight drilling balls (maybe a Crown Royal or two, allegedly. Insert more stories here)

Again, Country Club Lanes hosted many national events. The LPBT Hammer Eastern Open was one of those. Fortunate enough to get to know many of the players. One of those players and ESPN color announcer for the ladies’ tour, Leila Wagner, moved to the Annapolis area. She asked Dennis where to go to get her equipment drilled. Easy enough Wayne Stepp and Glen Burnie Pro Shop. (I) got to know Leila quite well. One of her best friends Sherry Slaughter, whose then husband Wyatt, at one point was the LPBT Tournament Director. Sherry was from the Dallas/Ft Worth area. She said anytime I wanted to come down and bowl some tournaments I was more than welcome to stay at her house. At the time I said ok thanks but never thought anything of it. I didn’t realize at the time how many great players there were not only from the DFW area but up and down the I-35 corridor. With great players come great tournaments. One of those tournaments was the Red River Doubles. They had a men’s tournament in the summer and a mixed tournament in winter. Sherry called me up one day and said she had a pretty good female bowler looking for a male partner for the tournament. I was kind of like you want me to fly all the way to Dallas, drive a couple hours north to Wichita Falls Texas to bowl a mixed doubles tournament? Are you crazy? Then she explained the prize fund. $10,000 first plus the Calcutta. Uh what? $10K first for a mixed tournament? And what the bleep is a Calcutta? She explained that also. Oh yeah and there where these things called brackets and “The Store” I had never heard of either. Well, I guess the prize fund is worth it. But still need a good player to make it worthwhile. Oh yeah, your partner. Ever heard of Anne Marie Pike (now Duggan)? Yep, I’m in.



Wayne and I fly down to Dallas. Stay at Sherry’s for a night. Drive to the Wichita Falls and a 20-lane wood center with above ground ball returns. Are you kidding me? Well, if this is where it is then so be it. Long story short (Wes Pye-ism) Anne Marie and I (mainly Anne Marie. She bowled phenomenal and I just tried to keep up) beat Carolyn Dorin (Ballard) and Mike Scroggins for the title. I met what would become some of my best friends that weekend.

I came back from that tournament shaking my head. I knew I wanted to do this silly thing called bowling for a living now more than ever. But I also knew I had to improve greatly seeing some of the talent that weekend. That was January of 1989. I called Sherry sometime in March or April of that year and asked if the offer was still open to come stay at the house. She said sure how long? I said well I need to figure this thing out. How long can I stay?[i] She said whatever was fine with her. I told her I was coming down until my money ran out. I took about $2500 out of my back account. Loaded up my Chevy Blazer and headed to DFW Memorial Day Weekend. Sherry worked at Showplace Lanes in Euless, TX. Up till this point in my career I had never seen any place like this. Huge center. Gorgeous. (She) introduced me to David Garber, Jim Welch, and pro shop owner Bruce Rowe (insert more stories here. Including the time Bruce threatened Tony Franklin if he did that one more time, he was throwing a bevel knife at him. Well Tony did it one more time and sure enough next thing I see is a bevel knife stuck in Tony calf! Merely a flesh wound). I ended up finishing 2nd in the first tournament I bowled. I made enough in the tournament and side action to basically support me for a couple months. I was then introduced to one of the most talented players I’ve ever met to this very day. Randy Johnson.

Randy was truly one of the best. His dad Bill was also a very accomplished player. Randy told me where we were going to bowl for the summer. Monday at Advantages, Tuesday at Blazer, Wednesday at one of the Don Carter centers, and Thursday at Showplace. Wait what? 4 summer leagues? Then again explained all the brackets (there’s that bracket thing again) and all the side action, especially doubles for some reason, you can handle. Well, all in with brackets and side action it was about $1,000 a week to bowl 4 summer leagues. But in a good week I made about $2500 for the week. So yeah, I’m in. Friday was either a “rest” day or a travel day to some tournament somewhere. Randy and I ended up winning a couple doubles tournaments that summer. Randy and I traveled with Brad Hunter. Low man had to sleep on the floor or pull-out couch. Randy was never low man except once in San Antonio at Astro Bowl and the $50,000 first place U.S. National Scratch championship. Randy wasn’t too happy with the fold out couch mattress. It was removed quickly and over the balcony it went. I just shook my head and well that’s on you don’t touch my mattress. LOL

I ended up now knowing I could really do this for a career. I met what would become one of my teammates, doubles partner, and best friends to this day Chris Barnes that summer. More on that later. I also met Del Ballard that summer. Del was a great elite player winning many titles and majors. He also became one heck of a coach, ball rep, and friend to many players that have gone on to have huge careers. Gave me one of the best pieces of advice I ever received, “you know how to throw the ball, but you have no idea how to bowl.”

At the time, I had zero clue what he was talking about. Over the course of time, I realized it’s not just about physical talent; it’s all the nuances of the game and how you process those mentally.

Throwing the ball became somewhat easy. It was managing everything else. Traveling, hotels, restaurants, dead time when not bowling. And yes Mr. Barnes even practice!

The next few years I bowled as much as I could. Anywhere and anything. Mark and I also still had the pro shops in Baltimore. Everything was going ok. But ok wasn’t enough for Mark and me. Through my travels the next couple of years I bowled anything and everything. Mark and I also still owned the pro shops in Baltimore. Things were going ok. But that wasn’t enough for Mark and me. Through my travels, I had met Ebonite V.P. of Sales Bill Supper. Ebonite sponsored several of our World Team Challenge teams. With that I also met Ebonite Brand Manager Brian Pursel.

Brian also owned one of the manufacturer’s booths at nationals. He knew I had pro shop experience and was looking for a ball driller and someone to run the Ebonite Booth. I liked the idea and accepted. I worked the booth for Ebonite in 1997 in Huntsville, AL. During my time in Huntsville working the booth, they had this new bowling technology called C.A.T.S., or Computer Aided Tracking System.

I could always hook the ball, but I wasn’t very good at going straighter up the lane, especially on the gutter. Up until that point, the gutter for me was about 7. Then I watched guys like Duke, Ozio, and Walter Ray Williams Jr. What they did was remarkable. The C.A.T.S Lane not only read the full board but half boards, also. It would read .5 at the arrows, which would be to the right of center of the (first) board. Try throwing a shot, hit .5, and not go in the gutter. If it has any angle at all, it is going in (the gutter). Well, if I threw one gutter ball in Huntsville, I threw 100! Over the course of time, I learned how to adjust my vison and body angle to go pretty straight up the lane. I’m still not going to beat Walter, Norm, or David doing that every day, but I could now hold my own now.



I had always wanted to make Team USA. I really wanted to bowl with my good friend and teammate Chris Barnes. When I got home, I bowled a local qualifier at Fort Meade Bowling Center. Interesting qualifier. They had just resurfaced the wood lanes. Well, the company that did that didn’t do such a great job. There were ridges and ripples and not much consistency from lane to lane much less from pair to pair. Scores were very low. It is the only tournament I didn’t shoot a 200 game and yet ended up plus. I basically shot 190+ every game and then one of the games struck lightning in a bottle and shot 300! It was ugly. 2-3 Brooklyns and a couple of cave-ins. One or two good ones and shoot the number. I was fortunate to win the qualifier and get to the state finals. Because of how small Maryland is, only the winner from the state would go to Team USA National Finals. Fortunate enough to win the state finals. Finally, a shot at making the team. I get to Eden Prairie, MN.

Again, bowling about as well as I ever did in my career. Things work out and I make the team! I still have some unfinished business, however. Because of the format they have a TV show for the title of National Amateur Champion. I qualified 2nd for the show. I bowl amateur phenom Mike Neumann in the first match. Luck out, make a good shot here and there and win the first match. Now, bowling Kurt Pilon for the title. The lane got really tight down the lane. Where the ball would hook back from wouldn’t hook any more. I made a huge move right (learning how to bowl) and made some good shots with it and was fortunate to win the title of National Amateur Champion!

With being NAC, I was also eligible to represent the USA at The World Cup. Unbelievable! I make the team, win, get to bowl the World Cup and get to bowl with one of my best friends in Chris Barnes? Heck yeah. Oh wait. That was when Chris decided to turn pro and bowl on the PBA Tour. Yeah, we all see how that decision turned out! (Chris) only turned out to be one of the greatest players of all time. I will tell you that  I thought Chris was good before he went on tour. Not even close to how great of a player he became. If you ever really want to find out how good you are, or are not, go bowl on the national tour. PBA Regionals are one thing. Good players and usually a tour player or two. The guys and ladies out on their respective tours are way better than most will ever know.

And with making Team USA, I was able to be around some of the best coaching available now. This is where I met Richard Shockley who was also one of the coaches from the newly founded Kegel Training Center located in Sebring, FL. at the time. Getting to know Richard, he could see not only did I love to bowl but I loved to coach, also. Kegel was looking to add a name player to the coaching staff. I (m)et with John Davis (brilliant mind) Actually interviewed at the same time, unique for sure, with John and the now current president of Kegel Chris Chartrand. Both of us were offered jobs, Chris in marketing and me as one of the coaches in the training center. I (m)oved to Florida Labor Day weekend 1999 and have been in Florida ever since.


The Storm Booth

Not long after making Team USA in the summer of 1997, I got a call from William Deken (thanks Steve O!) William had run the Storm booth for a few years. He was looking for a ball driller to assist Steve and Paul Fleming. This also came with the agreement of a Storm contract. I’m in! Load up the 92’ Black Astro Van and head cross country to work nationals in Reno, NV. Because of the weather across the country in late January, and also because I’m going to bowl the Super Bowl High Roller in Vegas, I take a southern route.

I had several friends from my time in DFW that I had not seen in a while and so decided to break up the trip for a few days and stay with Andrea and Paul Fleming. I continued on to Vegas and then Reno to work the booth. Again, many fun times working the booth with great friends. If any of you reading this story remember, please be sure to ask Steve about his favorite delegate from NY! Or also ask him how many times you can play in a row a Metallica song, the same single song, at a country bar called Jimmy’s Chicken Shack.

The Storm Booth also sold Dexter shoes. With that we also had a workstation to replace soles or heels or customize shoes. Steve created the first dress shoe bowling shoe. Lonnie Waliczek brought a pair of nice dress shoes to Steve in the booth. Lonnie wanted something nicer than a bowling shoe and asked Steve if he could customize his dress shoes to bowling shoes. The look on Steve’s face was priceless! Steve was a master on the belt sander we used to trim down excess or smooth the edges. It took Steve a few weeks of coming up with a plan and working on taking off quite a bit of material on the bottom of the shoe including the heel to make room for Velcro® and having a bowling heel attached. The dress shoe heel was quite a bit higher than the bowling shoe heel. Then he had to make sure they were equal height form left shoe to right shoe. Masterpiece! And Lonnie went on to wear those for quite some time.

By the following year, Steve had moved on to start his career in Utah at Storm headquarters. So, I was asked to run the Storm booth in 1999 in Syracuse, NY. Steve would make a “guest” appearance during some of the busier times of the tournament like during Masters week. But overall, the booth was worked by David Garber, Mike Machuga and me with part time local bowler Dan Smith. Syracuse, NY is exactly what you think it is in January and February. Brutal cold and snow. But again, some good times. One of my favorite golf courses I still talk about was Radisson Greens. This was my third year in the booth and being gone for 6 months at a time wasn’t going to work anymore.



I spent a couple years coaching in the training center at Kegel. Some of the greatest bowlers in the world would come through those doors to practice and learn. Having a front row seat to watch how hard they work at their craft, but to also be able to ask questions about how they think and go about their business was priceless. I also learned most of my lane play philosophy be being able to bowl and change lane patterns pretty much whenever I wanted. Learning about the lane and topography. Learning about the oils and how they break down or move. Learning about lane patterns. Learning about the machines that applied the oil and patterns. I was truly blessed to have all of that in one building and that was where I got to work. Amazing!

I had been at Kegel for a couple years coaching. Everything was going ok. But I had always dreamed of going on the PBA Tour. The PBA was struggling a bit and with all the amateur success I had the timing just was never quite right. When the PBA was sold to some Microsoft Execs in 2000 it piqued my interest once again. It was now time to try and bowl against the greatest bowlers in the world on the PBA Tour. I had bowled a couple of stops before winning local qualifiers. I had bowled and cashed in the U.S. Open and Masters. I was 33 years old, and if I’m ever going to do this now is the time. Chris (Barnes) was already out there having success. I had several other friends out there like Dave Wodka and Jason Couch. Another good friend and teammate Tommy Jones was also getting his card and going out full time. So why not. Tommy and I would end up rooming together (insert many more stories LOL) for the first several tournaments. We had already roomed together at World Team Challenge tournaments, High Rollers, and many other events. TJ would go on to win PBA Rookie of the Year. He would also go on as we know to have a Hall of Fame career. Just a natural talent. Heck of a golfer also. It was a great fit. I on the other hand went through the worst period of my bowling career. I wasn’t throwing the ball very well. The injuries I had through the years were catching up. Then I started to press as I watched some of my best friends make the finals every week while I was in the bleachers clapping for them. It just didn’t work out. But everything happens for a reason.

I get to the tour stop in Las Vegas. Dave Wodka had left the tour to go to work as a District Sales Manager for Ebonite. Dave was from Vegas and was home the week of the tour stop. Dave comes up and asks, “how’s it going?” I said, “if a job came along, I would take it immediately.” He kind of looked at me funny and asked, “are you serious?” I replied, “Yep! This isn’t working out, and it’s time.”

He came up to me the next day and handed me his phone. He said it was V.P. of Sales and Marketing for Ebonite on the phone and wanted to talk about a job opening they had. I literally had a phone interview on the concourse of Showboat Lanes in Las Vegas. A couple of weeks later had a face-to-face interview with Bob Reid and Brian Pursel whom I knew from running the Ebonite Booth at nationals. A week later I had a job offer and for the next 12 years worked as a DSM for Ebonite.

Over the next twelve years, I still bowled many PBA regionals and other local events. But injuries were mounting, and I now had a family. And it was starting to be harder and harder to train and bowl at the level I was used to. After I left Ebonite, I went to work for Cliff Barnes and Bowlers Mart. Cliff and I had known each other for many years. He knew I was done traveling and wanted to be home more. Cliff also understands the importance of growing the sport. We came up with the idea I would be Bowlers Mart’s Head of Coaching and Bowler Development. I was doing some coaching camps with Mark Baker.

I consider Mark to be the best coach the game has seen in many years. His book and DVD The Game Changer is truly just that. His eye for the game is second to none. He was able to pinpoint several areas of the physical game that were key to becoming a more consistent and better player. There is a reason that bowlers from all over the world and particularly the PBA and PWBA tours seek out Mark for his coaching. I coached and did clinics through Bowlers Mart. Cliff has gone on to become one of the best bowling retail operators in the country.



I was fortunate to have many accolades, and I felt close to getting in the USBC Hall of Fame. I was in the same position as Bob Goike many years ago. I felt I needed one more title of some stature to help my resume. I then started to look for potential teammates. I had a good start with knowing some great players here in Florida. I was able to convince Vernon Peterson whom I had met through Team USA and megabuck events. I had become friends with Scott Newell. I had talked with Goike to see if he had any ideas and he said one person I should consider was Mitch Jabczenski.

Mitch and Bob have bowled nationals together for almost 40 years. Mitch had the experience and an Eagle and knew what it took. Plus, Mitch was still bowling some sort of tournament almost every weekend. I was still missing a piece, however. It took a while, but I was finally able to convince John Janawicz to join our team.

I knew we couldn’t do this with just one team, however. Nationals had very much become a group effort. I called Jeff Ussery who I became very close with while working together at Ebonite. Jeff was the Hammer Brand manager. Super smart. Understood bowling balls and lane play. Great bowler himself ( I wish he knew and believed that himself, sometimes). He just never realized how big of a deal the Open Championships were and always just bowled with some “college buddies.” 

I wanted to pay tribute somehow to (Bob) Goike and Lodge Lanes from years past. I came up with Lodge Lanes Too. Took a couple years but one great night 10 guys worked and communicated together. Lodge Lanes Too went on to not only take the lead but break a 20-year-old team event record! We had already taken the lead. We were just trying to pile on as many pins as possible to make it hard for anybody to get to the lead. Janawicz was our anchor bowler. He had zero clue of the record. He went on to throw 30 in the pit in the 10th.  Three straight shots just pure high flush. As the third one was halfway down the lane, I was already halfway up on the approach getting ready to give John a huge hug and high five. He turned around and I said we did it! He said yeah cool we took the lead. No John we broke the record! He had no idea. It was great.

Mitch is crying because he never thought he would get there again. Scotty and Vernon had their chance at their first Eagle. Janawicz would have a chance to add to his Eagle tally. I just took a step back and went through the whole journey of putting the plan together and watching it come to fruition was magical. We bowled together a couple more years. Jeff’s team had a couple chances to win and didn’t quit get there. Something else I really instilled in the guys was this is one team with a companion team. This is ten guys working together. Even though Jeff’s team didn’t win, watching them make two runs at the lead and finishing 4th one year I knew I had the right 10 guys and a good plan.

I wrecked my knee (again) in 2015 only a couple months before The Open Championships in El Paso. (There was) no chance I could bowl. I did some digging, thinking of someone to sub for me. (I) made a phone call to some guy from Florida named Norm Duke. He was quite surprised and not quite sure what to think. He had not been eligible to bowl for years because of his PBA status. He asked some questions when, where, dates, and most importantly who was on the team. We talked for a while, and he said he would get back to me. Well, it all worked out and he said, “you know what, it would be an honor to bowl.” I just kind of said cool and played it off. Told him to get his flights and told him the schedule. When I got off the phone with Norm, I then called Jeff Ussery and told him you’re not going to believe this, but Norm said yes! I was giggling like a little kid. I really wasn’t planning on going to El Paso. Unknown to me Jeff had already called the other guys and they all agreed and wanted me there. So much so they paid for my flight.  I’m not sure they still really know how much that means to me to this day. I again knew I had put together the right guys and teammates. Having Norm there was obviously a big deal. And at times, it was a distraction. I will tell you Norm fit right in and was a great teammate. He was truly genuine and just one of the guys. Participated in team dinners. Communicated great. Was not at all a 'PBA prima donna.'

Not only was he a great teammate those couple days, but he was also a fantastic ambassador for Storm and bowling. When he was bowling it was business with the team. Before and after bowling however he never said no to a picture or an autograph. True gentleman and I thank him to this day.

The rules for the Open Championships were changing again and Janawicz, Vernon, Scotty and myself would not be allowed to bowl together but for one more year. Chris and I had always wanted to try and bowl together again. We ended up putting a team together for Syracuse. Wesley Low Jr, Janawicz, Vernon, Chris and Myself. Pretty good team to make one more run if you ask me. We started out the first two games great. We had enough pins and just had to finish it off the third game. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out the third game. We did finish leave the tournament in 4th place, however. Still a great showing. The next day my injuries again prevented me from performing at the level I’m used to. I felt bad as to have someone like Chris Barnes as your doubles partner doesn’t come along very often. But it was still a great couple of days catching up with great friends and meeting new ones.

I really haven’t bowled very much over the past couple years. I’ve kicked around bowling a couple senior PBA events. My wife Kelly has really urged me to at least bowl one or two. The owner of K & K Glass Dan Knowlton has been bowling great lately winning a couple of local senior events. He has asked if I would be interested in bowling. Barnes even called the other day asking if I might be bowling the PBA 50 event at The Villages as it’s only about an hour away. But I don’t want to bowl just to compete or even get a check. If I feel I cannot truly be ready and contend for a title, then I don’t want to bowl. I just don’t think I could go through the rigors of getting ready to bowl. Between the time and the physical toll it will take, I’m just not there.

Photo Credit Stars and Strikes Bowling News magazine

USBC Hall of Famer Don Scudder wasn’t in it for Money or Fame

If you have been a competitive bowler over the years, you probably know the name Don Scudder. He is a USBC Hall of Famer from Cincinnati, Ohio, and is one of the most decorated amateur bowlers you will find. Don’s national championships span across several decades. In fact, Don Scudder has won the two oldest tourneys in the US having won the Petersen Classic in 2014 (at age 62) and the ABC Singles title in 1996.

Don’s ties to Storm and the brands of Storm are significant, too. He used the Pacific Storm while earning two eagles and shooting 823 at the ABC National Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah. And at the famed Petersen Classic outside of Chicago, Illinois, Don used the Roto Grip Uproar and Storm Mix while earning the coveted Petersen Classic title just seven years ago. Interesting to note, too, is that Don has shot 1600 four different times throughout his career there. And what’s even more impressive is that, for more than 40 years now, he has a lifetime average of 185, at what is known as one of the toughest and most demanding events in the country.

Did you ever turn pro? Or consider it, at least?

DS: Yes I did. I turned pro in 1985, because I wanted to bowl a few Regional tournaments. I had won a Pro Regional tournament in Taylor Michigan in 1982, as an amateur. Pro Tour rules stated that I was unable to bowl any more Pro tournaments until I joined and picked up a card.

At the time I was working full time for the State of Ohio. I was a weekend warrior. I did this for about 6 months, and dropped my card so I could bowl in the new Megabuck bowling tournaments that had just started in Las Vegas.

I had a chance of touring full time on the PBA in 1978.  A restaurant owner across the street from Western Bowl wanted to back me for a year so I could give it a try.

Eddie Jackson, Team USA Captain and eventual ABC Hall of Famer, elected 1989, sat down with me in 1978, and filled me in on the pitfalls of touring. Eddie knew I worked for the state. Eddie explained the money bowling on the tour verses working for the state was not worth the risk. In the end it was his common sense thinking that stopped me from getting a card and I stayed amateur until 1985 . To this day I thank Eddie as I retired at age 55, from the state with pension and health insurance in hand.

In 1996, you won $100,000 in the Mini-Eliminator, defeating Purvis Granger in an exciting finish….throwing a strike to win. How nervous were you stepping up in the tenth there with that kind of money on the line?

DS: When it got to the 10th frame in the title match needing a strike to win $100,000, I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t nervous.

However, going back to the start of the week I was hardly able to walk much less bowl. Everything hard to believe happened that week, from starting my 1st two eliminator matches standing at the foul line, no approach, throwing each 1st ball in the middle of the lane at turtle speed and making the cut in both matches with clean games. In fact, prior to the show, I had bowled 11 clean games in making the telecast. In the title match games in the second frames I had splits that I failed to convert leaving me with two open frames for the entire week.  Still – unbelievable I had bowled and won this tournament with a bum knee that was caused by falling on ice in front of Western Bowl the Wednesday prior to the tournament beginning.

Back to the 10th frame the final game needing a strike, I remember telling myself this one is for the title. My mind did not think about the money. I wanted the title. In the 10th I did strike, along with a nine spare to finish the game. It was the happiest moment in my bowling life to win that title and that much money on TV with a bum knee.

On the show I remember striking in the 10th frame and yelling in celebration to my friends who were in the stands “Get me a Bud Light”. I wanted to start a party. Denny the show’s commentator had heard earlier I was on the ABC HOF Ballot for the past several years.  After striking to win $100,000, Denny celebrating with me commented “HOF fame committee take notice”, and at the same time I yelled, “Get me a Bud Light”. It was very funny indeed. HOF must not have taken notice, as I did not get elected into the HOF until 1999.

Winning the Eliminator tournament, there was more. I also received a full expense paid entry fee with airplane fare and hotel to bowl in a tournament in the Netherlands to be held in March 1996. I bowled and finished 4th in the singles, and was second with Ron Pollard in the doubles.

It’s been 25 years now since you set the record Team All Events score in Salt Lake City in 1996…and won the singles there too…. What do you remember from that event and what did it mean to you to win two Eagles?

DS: Our team, Pollard’s Bowl, won the ABC Team All events on the 25th and 26th of April 1996; I don’t think I will ever forget. Our team event in Salt Lake City, Utah on the 25th, found us shooting 3222.  I was low with 620.

Starting off in the doubles Ron and Rick Pollard bowled a pair of 290 games, totaling 580, a record. I believe it is still a record at USBC in the doubles. The Pollards finished 3rd, in the doubles that year.

My doubles partner, Bill Spigner bowled games of 244, 239, and 290, for a 775 total. I shot 654, only one open for a 1429 total.

I did not have a ball reaction like the rest of my team. Bill and I had started our doubles set on 7 and 8. The Pollard brothers, Paul Wolf and Jerry Kessler bowled doubles on 9 and 10. When the set ended, the Pollards moved to 11 and 12 to bowl their singles.

Out of all the equipment I had brought from home, I had one ball left that I had not tried to use until the 10th fill frame of our doubles set. It was a brand new out of the box Pacific Storm ball that had been mapped off by you, (Steve Kloempken). My 1st pitch was during the fill ball, last frame of the doubles and I left a 5-7, split. Bill, who was watching stated “I like that ball motion”. I laughed and said ok, what do I have to lose.

The rest is history. Moving to 5 and 6 to bowl singles, using a Pacific Storm I bowled 244, then 300,  finishing with 279 for a winning 823 series, along with my personal best 2,097 All Events total. The Pollard’s five all shot above 2040, winning and setting the new Team All Events record of 10,422, which stands today 25 years later. This is a dream that I am still living and forever thankful for.

Final thoughts on the 1999 ABC Hall of Fame Induction and more

DS: I was rooming with Ron Pollard in Las Vegas. We were there to bowl the High Roller. Somehow Steve James from the ABC had learned where I was and called me that night to congratulate me on being inducted into the HOF. What a special memory that is to this day. I was inducted in March 1999, in Syracuse, New York.

My fondest memory was of the HOF dinner night, getting to talk with Joe Norris. We sat at the bar and had a beer. His mind was still sharp. What fun it was to reminisce with him talking about his travels and fun he had bowling on his beer teams at the Nationals. He had bowled ABC’s 70 years at that point. What a history lesson I so enjoyed.

It’s the history that makes the ABC, now USBC so great. Tournaments that lose their history go down hill fast. Long live the USBC.

In closing, my final thoughts about HOF. There are two bowlers who I believe that have been passed over for HOF induction. The first is Mike Neumann. What can you say about this guy? The question is, what didn’t he win? 3 to 4 USBC titles, 2 to 3 Megabuck tournaments. (I watched Mike win the Hoinke Super Classic in Cincinnati, my hometown. He started with front 8 in the title match. It was something to see). He also won an overseas tournament in the Netherlands in 1995, (same one I bowled in 1996) and was on at least 3 or 4 National Team bowling challenge wins. There has to be a lot more that I’m missing because he was just that good.

USBC HOF committee, please review the merits of putting this guy into the HOF based on his tournament performance during his short career. He was a special talent that when he was on the lanes there were always people who wanted to watch him bowl. If his name comes up on a ballot that I am able to vote on, he has my “yes” check mark.

The second bowler is Ted Hannahs, from Zanesville Ohio. He has won a USBC title, the Petersen Classic, 4 national tour stops, countless Regional Pro tournaments, was 2nd at the 1982 ABC Masters in Baltimore, multiple National Team Challenges wins, along with countless other tournament wins since the 1970’s. He is a special talent who needs to be recognized as one of the best I got to see in my generation.

Thank you very much, Steve for spending time with me reminiscing about my past history. It was fun to think back about where I’ve been in this game. I did not bowl for the Hall of Fames or the money. I have truly loved our game since I was a young man. It’s great to think about the fun I had traveling, seeing different cities, and meeting people along the way. What a ride it’s been.

Japan's Mr. Subaru Nagano wins THREE Consecutive JPBA Events

Subaru currently works as a pro-shop staff, driller, pro staff and center operation staff for Sagamihara Park Lanes in Kanagawa prefecture.

He is in the top 10 in the JPBA point ranking last 5 years (2016/4th, 2017/9th, 2018/10th, 2019/3rd, 2020/1st) . He often appears in High Sports' ball review videos, providing the viewers with useful information about Storm & Roto Grip products with his immense knowledge.

With his trusty Axiom Pearl... photo credit: JPBA


photo credit: JPBA


photo credit: JPBA

2.5M Japanese Yen.... that's $24,000 Dollars in the United States... not a bad pay day!!!

He turned a professional at the age of 16. The youngest ever professional then attracted attention for its high-rev style. His first JPBA win finally came in the 39th Japan Open in 2016,15 years after his youngest debut.

For the Champion at the SSS credit: JPBA


Loving his Code Dynamic.... Premier Line OEM ball exclusive to Asia photo credit: JPBA
SSS Cup Champion Trophy photo credit: JPBA


Many amateur bowlers aspire the powerful ball reaction that 36-year old Subaru, who only weighs 63kg and stands 167cm tall, creates. With his win in three consecutive tournaments in 2020, he proved himself and the superior performance of Storm and Roto Grip products for us.

Thank you, Subaru and congratulations on the 3 consecutive wins. We look forward to your continued success.

High Sports Co., Ltd.


Pat Healey, Jr., a Champion Both On and Off the Lanes



If you followed competitive bowling throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s then you know the name Patrick Healey, Jr. In the early 90’s, among his many accomplishments, he was United States Amateur of the Year three times and the World Amateur Bowler of the Year twice. He was my doubles partner when we won the World Championships Gold Medal in 1991 and we were on the same trio’s team, along with Vince Biondo, when we won the Trios Gold Medal also at the World Championships in 1991. In fact, he nearly won the coveted PBA Tournament of Champions title as an amateur in 1995.


Many people remember you as a regular on the PBA Tour TV shows for several years, making nearly 30 shows over nine seasons ending in 2007. Tell us about how and when you got started with Storm.

PH: I joined the Storm staff in the fall of 2003. I was a free agent at the time. Bill Supper and Dave Symes gave me a call and invited me to be on the staff. We worked out the details. I was very honored, happy and excited to join Storm. I was a great time for us. I had a lot of success and made many t.v. shows. I won the TOC, a regular tour title and 3 regional titles with Storm equipment. In fact, I used Storm equipment through the 2006/2007 season, my last year on tour.


What led to your retirement from the PBA?

PH:  It was kind of strange how my career ended. I had contracted salmonella poisoning and lost 25 pounds in just a few months. At the time, the PBA Tour had deferred my exemption for the season due to my sickness, as my doctors had recommended that I not put any strain on my body as it needed time to heal. The deferment went into the next year. In the meantime, without bowling, I didn’t have a job. In the past, I had worked with Gold Coaches Fred Borden and Frank Buffa, not just on my game but alongside them in clinics and events, and they told me I had a talent for coaching. But this was just a secondary thing while I was competing, and when I had a break from the Tour, I coached full time.

So, I looked first into coaching overseas. My first coaching assignment was with Iraqi National Team. We all met in Egypt. We had a two-week camp. A month later, also in Egypt, I coached them in the Arab games. They won a bronze medal in the Women’s Team Event. It was the first medal they won in Federation History, male or female. They were very happy and I was very happy. It was a successful first dive into international competition.

At that tournament, I met the Kuwait Team Manager and that led to a 2008 head coaching assignment there. I stayed for a year. The players had a lot of success. They were young, talented and driven. In all, they won 5 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 5 bronze medals in tournament competition (GCC Championships, Arab Championships and World Championships).  They were very happy and I was very happy. It was because of the joy I had coaching and the success the players had that I decided to continue coaching in Kuwait and forgo competing on the PBA tour.


Wow, that’s incredible. Was coaching now your full-time focus or were you still thinking about competing?

PH:   It was strange … I thought of myself as both a coach and as a player, equally. After returning from Kuwait, I competed in a few small tournaments. I also continued coaching by giving private classes, clinics and seminars. Later that year, 2009, I decided to go to the UAE to bowl in some tournaments they ran during their Ramadan celebration. I was there 17 days and bowled in four tournaments. I remember that I bowled 125 games of competition. I bowled well and felt good. It made me serious contemplate returning to the PBA. During my time there, I was approached by the UAE federation. They asked me if I would be interested to be their head coach. We talked and I accepted the job 2 weeks later. That is when I pretty much decided that I would focus more on coaching than being a player for the rest of my life. I was the head coach there for 1 ½ years. The players were experienced and tournament tough. I had a great relationship with all of the them. They also had a lot of success. In all, they won 9 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 4 bronze medals in tournament competition (GCC Championships, Arab Championships, Asian Indoor Games and Asian Championships). One of the players was named Asian Bowler of the Year for the year 2010. They were very happy and I was very happy.

Coach Pat Healey, Jr.

After leaving UAE, I got out of coaching for a while. A couple of years went by. An opportunity arose to start a bowling academy/school in Mexico City in 2014. I had lived there prior to that and I still knew many of the bowlers there. While I was there, I was contacted by the Guatemalan Federation to see if I would be interested to help their program. It was originally planned to be part time but I ended being there for almost 1 ½ years. It was a different experience than Kuwait and UAE. This was more about teaching and instructing and developing youth players than it was focusing on winning medals and championships. A few of the players did have some tournament experience. Even though it was different, I enjoyed my time there.


That coaching experience took me to the end of 2015. After that, I decided that I wanted to look into something that didn’t require a lot of travel and less pressure. I started focusing on giving private classes only. During this time even though I didn’t ever work with the Mexican National Team, among the players I worked with were certain members of the national team. The players I had the opportunity to help did have success, nationally and internationally.

Then, in April 2019, I was contacted by the India Bowling Federation. They were interested in part-time help. That assignment lasted until October 2019. Even though it was a short amount of time, there was success also…. 3rd place Youth Division in the Philippine Open, 2nd place Youth Division in the Hong Kong Open and a Silver Medal in Singles at the Asian Championships.


Here I am now a year later and not sure what I’m going to do because of the COVID-19 virus. There is still quite a bit of risk and fear around the world. I am most definitely still interested in teaching and coaching.  Nonetheless, if another opportunity comes up in the bowling world, I will give it consideration. It has been a great pleasure for me to help players achieve their goals and experience that great joy of accomplishment. I feel very content and proud of all the players I have had a chance to work with. I would like to continue that. Once the situation becomes safer and plans can be made, I will look into my options.


Who were your first and early coaches?

PH: My first coach was my Dad. He taught me baseball, basketball, bowling, etc.  He had a great eye for sports. He just knew how they functioned. He didn’t know how to express what he saw all that well, though. He just knew how sports worked. I had a lot of athletic ability, played a lot of sports growing up. So, from that combination, I learned a lot from my Dad.

After high school, I went on to Wichita State University. My coaches there were all a huge influence on me. Coach Vadakin, Mark Lewis, Pat Henry, they were all big influences. And my backer, Jim Martino, wasn’t really a coach but was more of a manager; he had an aura or way about him. He was very savvy and I learned a lot from him. Then, of course, there was Fred Borden. Fred was the head coach of Team USA. I was on the team for three years (1991,1992 and 1995) and during those years I had the chance to learn a tremendous amount from Fred. He had a huge influence on my bowling and personal lives. I am extremely grateful to have had all of them as my coaches.


What is it about coaching that really drew you in?

PH: That’s a good question Steve. It’s a few things. One, I love helping people. I like to help people learn, get better, and I want them to improve in the sport. I’ve coached so many great students, more than 500 different players in all, through private classes, clinics and seminars in addition to my time with all the players from the national teams across the globe. Two, I want the players to experience that joy and emotion of accomplishment. Whether it be winning a gold medal or seeing their bowling ball roll down the lane exactly as they planned and striking. Or, anything in between. It gives me great joy to see my students experience that. Third, it’s about the challenge. I see what needs to be done to help a player and I make it my mission to help that player improve. I won’t leave that player until they have learned more and improved. I think that comes from my competitive nature and the idea that I won’t quit.


What did it mean to you to hear that you were being inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame? 

PH: I have been blessed to have been so successful in bowling. Being inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame is the pinnacle for me. It is the greatest accomplishment and honor of my bowling life. It means the world to me to be included with such great names in the sport of bowling. It has validated all the sacrifices I made and all the hard work I put in.


What are your plans for competing again on the lanes? The PBA50 Tour or maybe some of the USBC Senior events? 

PH: I would like to bowl on the PBA50 tour. Even the regular tour again from time to time. That is my goal. I miss bowling and the competition. It will depend on how my right shoulder/neck area improves. It feels better so I am hopeful to start bowling once the restrictions are lifted due to COVID 19. Regardless if I can bowl on the tour again or not, I would like to continue with instructing and coaching. It gives me a different type of joy and sense of accomplishment helping others improve and achieve their goals in bowling. If something else comes up that inspires me, I will look into that.



High Performance Asymmetrical

Parallax | Layout Comparison | PSA-to-PAP

Steve Kloempken | USBC Hall of Fame


For this article, the second in a three part series, we are going to continue our deep dive into understanding the effect of different layouts with the Parallax™ and its new Aeroflo™ Core.

As we learned in our first article featuring Chad McLean and his demonstration of different Pin to PAP distances, adjusting the distance of the pin from your positive axis point creates a much different ball motion, especially for those with higher rev rates because they have the greater hook potential. One with a very low rev rate and low axis rotation would surely not see as much of a difference between layouts. My bowler stats wouldn’t quite put me in the very low rev rate category, but as we dive into the results, know that, if your rev rate is faster than mine, you may see an even bigger difference in ball motion by adjusting the PSA.

For this article and video, we locked in two of the three measurements of the layout, the Pin to PAP and the Pin buffer distance. As you can see in the image here, doing so positioned the pin just above and outside of the ring finger. If we were to keep with the standards of the warranty requirements, we would have shortened the pin buffer to create more space between the edges of the pin and the ring finger, so please keep that into consideration as you or your pro shop operator select layouts for you.

Before hitting the lanes, we wanted to share the following information which many consider to be highly technical. So, if that’s not you, feel free to jump ahead to get right into the effects the layout adjustments had on ball motion! Many are familiar with the RGs (radius of gyration) and differentials as they are located on nearly every crazy 8 displayed in all pro shops as well as every ball page on every manufacturers website. But what you won’t always hear come up is that these RG values, and thus differentials, change once holes are drilled in the ball. There is no escaping or changing that…it happens whether you like it or not.

In this image you will see that the RG values remained quite constant among the three different drilled balls, with one exception. Can you spot it?

It’s the third number in the 5 x 2 x 2… the intermediate mass bias of 0.021. While that ball remained the closest to the un-drilled ball, you can see in looking at all three drilled balls that the other two balls, the 5 x 4 x 2 and 5 x 6 x 2, were the most similar to each other dynamically speaking.

Stepping up on the lanes, we started with the 5 x 2 x 2 to see what type of motion we would get with it and to use that as the baseline for this test.

*Notice the PSA close to the VAL

We selected Kegel’s 39 foot Middle Road pattern which would typically entice you to position your breakpoint near the 8 board when using Kegel’s “Rule of 31” which says that if you take the length of the oil pattern and subtract 31 that you will get the point at which your ball should leave the oil to have the best angle to towards the pocket.

Sliding 22 and keeping our target at the 12 board gave us a great look to the pocket. This type of layout, with the PSA near the VAL (vertical axis line), is most often preferred by players at the highest level looking to gain a reasonable amount of control on the backend. And if you look at the numbers below, specifically the position at the head pin and the entry angle, you will see that this one, the 5 x 2 x 2, ended up the most light in the pocket and produced the least amount of entry angle.


Moving on to the second Parallax, the 5 x 4 x 2 layout, we immediately notice the ball finishing much deeper in the pocket, almost a board and a half!

*PSA just right of thumb

That may not sound like much, but rest assured that it was eye opening since we used Specto to confirm that nothing had changed with respect to our speed and laydown or launch angle. We were strictly seeing the effects of moving the PSA 2 inches farther away from the PAP than in the first test. We also saw our entry angle go up from 3.59 degrees to 4.16, an increase of more than 15%. These are some big numbers where looking at what some view as slight tweaks to the layout.

And finally, we rolled the third Parallax, the 5 x 6 x 2, which positioned the PSA just to the left side of the thumb hole.

*5 x 6 x 2

A layout not typically used or as popular for those looking for a big change of direction, the 5 x 6 x 2 created the latest break point distance of the three. And with respect to the total ball motion, which references the position of the ball at the head pin, and to entry angle, we saw this third Parallax fall right in-between the first two on both accords. It was a fine balance of an aggressive skid-flip motion with ample control. We could see this one working on a wide variety of conditions and surfaces, especially if you’re like me with respect to a lower rev rate and a preference to play the lanes with a more direct line to the pocket.


In summary, thanks for your interest in learning some of the finer details with respect to layouts. For more detailed information and understanding, be sure to visit Storm’s YouTube channel and search for the Pin Buffer Layout System. You’ll find three very detailed videos that are sure to help you dial in your arsenal of equipment with ball choices and layouts in no time. To see the video specific to PSA location, watch the video below:


If you have any further questions, please contact us anytime at or call us at 800-369-4402.


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

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!


Storm and Kegel Team Up for Incredible Two-Handers Camp in Lake Wales, FL

In June 2018, Storm and Kegel teamed up to host the first-of-its-kind Two-Handers Bowling Camp at the famed Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida.

The three day camp gave 21 campers and 10 coaches very powerful insight into the inner workings and understanding of the two handed technique, the style started by and made famous by Jason Belmonte and Osku Palermaa. It started a wave of young players who utilize this technique to deliver a powerful strike ball that is done in a very efficient manner bio-mechanically.

Kegel's hall of fame lineup included Del Warren, Randy Stoughton, Ruben Ghiragossian, Rick Wiltsie, and Alex Gurkov, five incredibly talented and experienced coaches who have helped tens of thousands of bowlers with their games over the years.

Storm's Steve Kloempken and Ralph Solan, along with PBA National Staffer Chris Via were on hand to assist with the event and provide educational support on the finer points of selecting the proper arsenal and understanding ball motion.

Steve Kloempken and Chris Via with Micah Voorhis, one of the rising young stars in the sport

Jason Belmonte joined via Skype to chat with the group

Andres Torres showing off his new Storm Drive

Thanks to the likes of Jason and Osku, many younger players only know a bowling world in which the two-handed world exists. But for those looking to either transition from one to two-handed or to just improve their current two-handed style, few have had access to adequate coaching over the past 15 years. What hasn’t been lacking though is Kegel Training Center’s commitment to providing the latest tools and information to those committed to improving their bowling game.


Anyone interested in attending any future camp (you don't have to be a two-hander) at the Kegel Training Center, please call 800-280-2695 or visit Kegel training center.

We're All Bowlers, But We Do More Than Just Bowl!

On June 1, 2018, twelve Storm employees teamed up to run the famed Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay Race sponsored by Reebok. It's a 200 mile road and trail race that spans two mornings, afternoons, and nights.... it took them nearly 36 hours to complete, without stopping! It was a true test of endurance which could only be completed through perseverance and teamwork. Enjoy the pics!


The start of it all at Utah State University in Logan, UT


Amy Olsen passing it off to Zach Trevino


Corbet Austin having some fun as he passes it off to Paul Oblock


We crossed the finish line after nearly 36 hours without stopping


Here is the medal we all earned for completing the race!



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.



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!


Congratulations Alf Lopez. You earned it!

The 2018 Storm Utah Open was an incredible event! Having just concluded and setting numerous records in several categories including entries, prize money, and total bowler, the tournament continues to draw bowlers from all across the U.S. looking to earn a staff contract!

Alf Lopez of Pocatello, Idaho was this year's highest finisher of those entered in the optional $10 side pot.  Runner-up in the tournament, Alf beat out more than 170 other competitors to help fulfill a personal dream.

Congratulations Alf. You earned it!