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Collegiate Expo VIII Head to the Lone Star State

Chesterfield, Michigan - A move from the Midwest, new seminars, and new coaches highlight the changes for Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo XIII, presented by Turbo Bowling Accessories.
The popular program of bowling education, coaching, and recruiting for high school bowlers and coaches will visit North Texas for the first time in 2018. Cityview Lanes in Fort Worth, TX will host the action from July 8-11th.
Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is traditionally held prior to the Junior Gold Championships, USA Bowling National Championships and Youth Open. Collegiate Expo has consistently drawn students from over 35 states and more than 40 Collegiate programs.
"After eight years, we're constantly working to keep the content of our presentation fresh and current," said Lori Mraz, president of Turbo Bowling Accessories. "The updates aren't just for our students, but for parents and coaches as well."
Online registration has already begun, with final registration ending on April 30, 2018, instead of May 30th. As in previous years, a full field of 210 is expected to attend.
On-lane instruction and in-class seminars will be presented by Turbo Bowling's Pro Staff. Presenters include PBA and PWBA Hall of Famers, major title winners, and certified USBC Bronze, Silver, and Gold level coaches.
One of the new presenters that will definitely create a buzz is Brad Hagan, Head Coach of the Sam Houston State University Women's Team. Hagen built the program from scratch, and immediately made it a national power. In six seasons, Hagen's teams qualified for five NCAA championships and won an NCAA national title.
“The Collegiate Expo is an event that has become a staple of any collegiate coach’s summer planning,” said Hagen. “The amount of quality information that is provided to all athletes and coaches as well as their families is first class. To have the opportunity to give back to our bowling community and be a presenter is something special.”
Hagen says his session will be a presentation of objective reality at the next level.
“As we move on in our careers, anything of value or meaning will not be easy,” he said. “Understanding new vital roles as a parent, through a process as an athlete is vital for to success at the next level. I hope to shed some realistic light to the unknowns, and the expectations that are required to compete at the highest level.”
In addition, representatives from USBC will present seminars on the Junior Gold Program, as well as Junior Team USA, and the USBC Collegiate Bowling program. Gary Brown, Managing Director of the International Bowling Campus Youth Department, says the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is an added benefit to the Junior Gold Experience.
"Incorporating IBC Youth in the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is a great way for us to share more information about High School, Collegiate, and Junior Gold programs," said Brown. "Events like this allow youth bowlers to learn more about the great opportunities our sport can provide. We are excited to support this event as we continue to build a future for the sport."
The culmination of the Collegiate Expo is the Audition Tournament, which allows the student-athletes to perform in a six-game tournament, competing for both scholarship funds and the attention of college coaches looking for players. An Open House follows, giving players a chance to meet with coaches and gather information on colleges offering bowling scholarships.
Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo isn't just for the student athletes. The Expo also provides valuable insight and education to coaches and parents of the bowlers. Seminars and programming is set up for coaches who seek to expand their knowledge, so they can enhance a current program or provide the basis for establishing a new program.
"The Collegiate Expo holds a unique position in the bowling industry that focuses on the development of youth bowling," said Mraz. "Through the sharing of this information, Collegiate Expo will help bowlers, coaches and parents, and continue to have a major impact on our industry."
Developed in 2011, The Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is the FIRST high school bowling program developed as a comprehensive educational, recruiting platform for high school students, families and collegiate bowling programs offering bowling scholarships. Students should be enrolled in High School grades 10-12 for 2017-2018 school year, or be a 2017 graduate. A minimum entering average for boys of 190 and girls of 175 is suggested for greatest recruiting consideration.
Sponsors for Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo include: Ballard's Bowling Academy, Bowl4Life, Bowlers Journal, Bowlingball.com, Brunswick, BVL, Classic Products, Columbia 300, DV8, Dexter, Ebonite, 900 Global, Hammer, Kids Bowl Free, Kegel, KR Strikeforce, Logo Infusion, Motiv, On the Ball Bowling, Professional Bowlers Association, Roto Grip, Storm, Track, Turbo, Metro Detroit USBC and XBowling.
For more information and to register on-line, visit www.TurboGrips.com.

Liz Johnson Wins 2017 Women’s U.S. Open for 10th Major Title

PLANO, Texas - United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois, just bought a house and is in the process of permanently relocating from New York to Illinois, and she'll now need to make some room in her new place for a couple more trophies.
The 43-year-old right-hander defeated Poland's Daria Pajak, 188-176, to win the 2017 U.S. Women's Open at Plano Super Bowl on Sunday, marking the fourth
consecutive time, and sixth time in her career, she has claimed the coveted green jacket.
The win, which was broadcast live on CBS Sports Network, was the record 10th major victory of her career and second of the season. She earned $20,000 for the win, and Pajak took home $10,000 for the runner-up finish.
The two-time reigning Professional Women's Bowling Association Player of the Year, Johnson won the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship in June and also claimed a standard PWBA title earlier in the year at the 2017 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open.
USBC Hall of Famer Marion Ladewig won the U.S. Women's Open a record eight times, including five straight, starting with the inaugural edition in 1949.
On the way to the win Sunday, Johnson threw two doubles to stay head of Pajak, who rolled a pair perfect games and averaged more than 229 this week to earn the top seed for the championship round.
Johnson needed just two pins in her final frame to secure the win and sealed it with a six-count on her first delivery.
She now is a formal trophy presentation away from her third consecutive PWBA Player of the Year award, which is based on competition points from the 13 of the season's 14 events.
"It's probably cliché, but it's a dream-come-true season," said Johnson, who was the runner-up to Latvia's Diana Zavjalova at the 2017 USBC Queens in May. "I never could've thought about winning two majors and finishing second in the third one, along with the possibility of a third player of the year, and I can't put into words the season I've had. With all the talent we have out here on the Tour, to be in the position I'm in is the best feeling in the world."
Johnson entered Sunday's live TV finals as the No. 5 seed and defeated four talented young players to climb the ladder for the second consecutive year.
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"Climbing up the ladder always is tough, and a couple of times I thought there was no way it was going to happen," Johnson said. "I was close early and then found my look, but in the third match, I lost my feel a little bit. I had to take a step back mentally, take some deep breaths and just focus on making better shots. It was a little more of a grind today than we saw during the week, and that's when experience really helps. Sometimes, you have to expect the unexpected."
Pajak was looking to become the first international player since 1982 to win the U.S. Women's Open. Japan's Shinobu Saitoh was the first and only other to do so, defeating USBC Hall of Famer Robin Romeo, who went on to win the event in 1989.
Pajak is in contention for the 2017 PWBA Rookie of the Year Award, which will be decided at the season-ending Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship, the fourth major on the 2017 PWBA Tour schedule and an invitation-only event that features eligible champions and the top point-earners from the current season.
The 24-year-old right-hander earned a spot in the PWBA Tour Championship with a win at the recent PWBA Greater Detroit Open, the first title of her PWBA career.
"I lost to the best bowler in the world, ever," Pajak said. "Liz is probably - not probably, she is the best bowler in the world. I could never take advantage of the fact she was missing a little bit. I'm upset that at the time I really needed to carry, I didn't, because I felt that could have changed the game. I don't like losing in the ninth frame, but it is what it is."
On the way to the seventh U.S. Women's Open championship match of her career, Johnson needed to fill 15 pins in her final frame to get past Team USA member Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska.
Johnson left, and converted, the 3-6 combination on her first offering and then tossed a crossover strike to earn a spot in the final by a 199-195 margin.
Throughout match play this week at Plano Super Bowl, McCarthy suffered from severe back spasms and was unable to sit during the match.
She led by 26 pins after five frames, before missing a 3-10 split in the sixth frame slowed her momentum and allowed Johnson to take the lead with strikes in frames seven through nine.
The semifinal between Johnson and McCarthy was rematch of the title tilt at the 2015 Queens, where Johnson defeated McCarthy, the top seed, to win her second Queens tiara.
Prior to meeting with McCarthy, Johnson found herself down nine pins at the halfway point of her match against Canada's Valerie Bercier, but she tossed six consecutive strikes, starting in the fifth frame, to outdistance the former University of Nebraska standout, 255-223.
The day's opening match featured just seven strikes between the two players, but nine consecutive clean frames from Johnson to start helped her sneak past Nicole Trudell of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 191-178.
Back-to-back splits from Trudell in the seventh and eighth frames, including a 7-10 in the latter, proved to be her undoing, despite Johnson leaving, and missing, a split of her own in the final frame.
The 2017 U.S. Women's Open started with 114 competitors, who each bowled 24 games of qualifying over three days before the field was cut to the top 38 for Friday's eight-game cashers' round.
The 32-game pinfall totals determined the 24 bowlers for match play, while their 56-game totals, including 30 bonus pins for each win, decided the five players for the TV show. There were 10 perfect games this week, with Pajak (two) and Johnson among them.
The championship round of the U.S. Women's Open was one of four finals contested Sunday at Plano Super Bowl.
The finals of the 2017 PWBA Orlando Open, PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open and Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open were taped for broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 15, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, respectively.
All qualifying and match play rounds of the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open were broadcast live on XtraFrame, the online bowling channel of the Professional Bowlers Association.
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Registration Now Open For Collegiate Expo Challenge II

As an extension of it's premier event, The Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo, Turbo will be hosting it's 2nd Annual Challenge Event, Sunday, October 1st at Mayflower Lanes in Redford, Michigan.  The Challenge Event is open to all high school bowlers with an opportunity to bowl in a competitive environment for valuable scholarships along with a chance to win a win FREE entry into the 2018 Collegiate Expo in Dallas, Texas next summer.

Thanks to our presenting sponsor The Frank Gavie Youth Committee additional money is added to prize fund each year which makes the Collegiate Expo Challenge one of the highest awarding and best youth events in Metro Detroit.

While MHSAA prevents the award of any prize in excess of $25 to high school athletes, all registered bowlers will receive a prize ticket where all bowlers will have equal opportunity to WIN Entry regardless of how they bowl.  Winning tickets will be pulled at random following the 6 games of qualifying where one lucky girl and one boy will selected.

Bowlers can register on-line at turbogrips.com.  Check out Collegiate Expo Challenge under the Collegiate Expo section.

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