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Carolyn Dorin-Ballard Joins Turbo Team Full Time


Carolyn Dorin-Ballard has been a member of the Turbo Bowling Accessories Pro Staff for many years, but soon she will become a full-time salaried employee of the world’s most innovative bowling accessory product company. Dorin-Ballard resigned her Director of Coaching position with the United States Bowling Congress in early October.

Dorin-Ballard is considered one of the best women bowlers of all time, owning 20 professional titles and numerous other honors over her prolific career on the lanes and in the business, which began after her graduation from West Texas A & M University with a degree in Communications in 1989.

In recent years, her passion has been coaching, and one of her duties for Turbo will be to oversee the very successful Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo as it enters its 5th year in 2015. She will also coordinate the Turbo Professional, Amateur, and International Staff players in various activities, seminars, and exhibitions for the company.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Carolyn as a full-time Turbo team member,” said Turbo President Lori Mraz. “She has been a exceptional representative of our brand for many years and is well qualified to represent our products, lead our player staff and take our Collegiate Expo to the next level. We have enjoyed our relationship for many years, and will continue to develop the brand with her leadership.”

“I am really excited about this new opportunity,” said Dorin-Ballard. I have had a great relationship with Lori and her family for many years. I have been blessed to have so many good things happen for me in bowling, and this is another chapter.”

Dorin-Ballard will initially focus on getting the members of the Professional, Amateur and International Staff more involved in brand awareness and promotion of products to pro shops. “There is no substitute for that personal connection, and I will try to help all of our staff players find new ways to make those grassroot connections,” she said. “I am also looking forward to getting them more involved in our Collegiate Expo and other events for youth bowlers.”

Carolyn will assume her new position effective December 2014 and will represent Turbo from her office in Keller, Texas, which she shares with her husband Del. Together, the two Hall of Famers operate several Ballard’s Bowling Solutions Pro Shops and travel the world representing various brands and bowling interests. In addition to her other duties, Dorin-Ballard will also serve as Turbo’s Sales Representative for Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New York and New Jersey.

Dorin-Ballard will also continue to compete in professional events, including the new Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour, which begins July through September 2015. While on the new tour, Dorin-Ballard will coordinate staff players and distribute products in host centers and pro shops along the road.

Turbo Supports Memorial Honor for Gene Stus

To help bring awareness to the second annual Gene Stus STRIKE OUT HEART DISEASE BOWLING FUND RAISER and to raise money for cardiovascular disease, Turbo Bowling Accessories has designed a special Gene Stus Memorial Patch that can be worn by bowlers everywhere to show their support for this very worthy project, starting at the PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas this month.

“Gene Stus was a great friend of our company and our family,” said Turbo President Lori Mraz. “We will remember him fondly and hope to raise awareness in Gene’s name for cardiovascular disease and the great research being done at the U of M Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.”

Stus, a member of the PBA Hall of Fame and 1992 Senior Bowler of the Year, won 11 titles on the PBA50 Tour. He suffered with heart disease most of his adult life, and passed away in August at age 74.

“I am very thankful to Lori Mraz, Dave Bernhardt and everyone at Turbo Grips for brainstorming this idea. I think it’s a great tribute to my dad, and my dad considered the Bernhardt family the closest of friends,” said Gene’s son Troy Stus.

The Stus family will conduct the 2nd Annual Gene Stus Strike Out Heart Disease Fundraiser at their Pinz Bowling Center in South Lyon, Michigan in the Spring of 2015. All proceeds will benefit the University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center through the Bo Schembechler Heart of a Champion Research Fund.

Champions Crowned at 2014 Bowlers Journal

RENO, Nev. – Hours prior to their record-setting performance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, JR Raymond of Bay City, Mich., Zeke Bayt of Westerville, Ohio, and Terry Rohrer of Fort Wayne, Ind., re-wrote the Open Doubles standings at the Storm Bowlers Journal Championships presented by USBC, and they were able to hold onto the top three spots in the standings as the event concluded Sunday.

Rohrer started the June 20 run at the National Bowling Stadium with a 299 game, his second of the day at the Storm Bowlers Journal Championships. Raymond, a 2010 Team All-Events champion at the USBC Open Championships, finished the effort with a 300 game and led the group with a 779 series.

“I know that I prefer only Turbo products in my Storm bowling balls. They give me the great feel and consistency that I need to perform at the highest level each and every day. If you are not using Turbo Products you will not have the edge over your competitors.”, said Rohrer.

Bayt added a 755 set to catapult him and Raymond to the Open Doubles title with a 1,534 total, while Rohrer’s 748 helped him and Raymond into second place with 1,527. Bayt and Rohrer finished third with 1,503.

Later that evening, the trio was joined by George Palumbo and Kent Wagner for their team event at the Open Championships, and they rolled the highest team game in 111 years of tournament history, 1,318.

“That day was ridiculous, and we may never have a day like that again,” said Bayt, the 2013 Regular Singles champion at the Open Championships. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I’m sure we’ll never forget. It means a lot to win with these guys. Anytime you can win something, it’s special, but winning at the Bowlers Journal is pretty big.”

Raymond’s 779 just missed the top spot in Open Singles, which went to Matt Ogle of Shepherdsville, Ky., with the lone 800 series of the event, an 802 rolled June 23, to capture both the Open Singles title and the top spot on the Dual Entry standings.

Steven Badovinac of Parker, Colo., ended up second in both events with 780, while Raymond finished third. The Dual Entry prize fund is a bonus for bowlers who choose to use their three games for doubles and singles at the same time.

Ogle, a 29-year-old right-hander, rolled games of 256, 268 and 278 to secure the top spot.

“I’ve been counting down the days, hours and squads until the end,” said Ogle, who made his 12th Open Championships appearance in 2014. “People have been asking every day if I was still in the lead, so I’m happy I came out with the title. This is probably the biggest accomplishment I’ve had. It was a great feeling overall, especially having it happen at the Stadium with my friends and dad supporting me.”

“Turbo grips provide a quality product to allow me to have a comfortable grip in each bowling ball. They have treated me like a family member since the day I have been on staff. I am honored to represent such an awesome company.”

The 68th edition of the Bowlers Journal once again saw a jump in entries as the event was held under the same roof as the Open Championships for the second consecutive year. The Open Championships was contested on lanes 1-64 at the NBS, while the Bowlers Journal was held on 69-78.

TurboTECH Collegiate Expo Gives College Bound Bowlers a Leg Up

There is nothing more rewarding than giving young bowlers the opportunity to change their lives through education; and that is exactly what the TurboTECH Collegiate Expo has been doing since its inaugural event in 2010.

When the 2014 Expo rolls July 9-11 at Clover Lanes in Rochester, New York, young bowlers aspiring to be college students and top team players will once again have the chance to meet many of the best college coaches, pro player/coaches who excelled in college, and get a taste of what could be their future team members and competitors when they make it to a college team.

Aside from the challenges associated with the sport, students will learn about what is most important – educational and academic opportunities. Many will be offered scholarships, both academic and athletic.

“Bridging Academics Through Sport is our event motto,” said Turbo President Lori Mraz “It’s very rewarding to hear from students, families and collegiate coaches, and to know our program is working and providing young athletes the opportunity to continue their education through bowling.”

One student athlete who hit the jackpot during the 2013 TurboTECH Collegiate Expo is Jackie Evans. Jackie and her mom Sharon attended last year’s Expo with high hopes, and their dreams are now coming true.

Last year, after visiting with most of the top colleges at Expo, Jackie and her mom Sharon Evans decided to stop at one last table – Michigan’s Lawrence Tech. It turned out to be a very wise decision.

The Evans family was very impressed with both the academic and bowling opportunities at Lawrence, but the LTU coaches were even more impressed with Jackie. She is a top honor roll student and president of her senior class this year at Minuteman High School in Lexington, Massachusetts. She wants to major in Biomedical Engineering in college.

Her bowling stats are also impressive. She was the Massachusetts Youth Bowler of the Year, won the state singles in back-to-back years, and carries a 215 league average.

In January, Evans was accepted at Lawrence with both an academic scholarship and a $10,000 bowling scholarship. Lawrence Assistant Coach Arsen Mikaelian scouted Evans in both the Teen Masters tournament and at the 2013 TurboTech Expo. “We noticed that she had very good fundamentals, and that she had bowled well on many different patterns” said Coach Mikaelian. “We also had a curriculum that fit with her desire to major in Engineering. We are very happy to see her choose Lawrence.”

“I was extremely excited that I was offered a scholarship,” said Evans. “I feel really honored. I believe the Expo made finding the right college a lot easier. Engineering and bowling you don’t really find too often as a pair; and since Lawrence is a small private school, I wouldn’t have found them if Turbo didn’t have them there. It is just the best thing that could have happened.”

Indeed, the best thing for Lawrence Tech, for Jackie Evans, and another wonderful success story for the TurboTECH Collegiate Expo. It was created to bring student bowlers and colleges together. Obviously, it is working as intended.

The 2014 TurboTECH Collegiate Expo will roll July 9 -11 at Clover Lanes in Rochester New York. Sponsors this year include Brunswick, DV8, Storm, Roto Grip, Ebonite, Columbia 300, Track, Hammer, Motiv, Kegel, 900 Global, Innovative Bowling products, On the Ball, Dexter, Boom Apparel, Turbo, and several United States Bowling Congress groups including the Rochester and Rochester Youth USBC, Detroit USBC, New York State USBC and the USBC Coaching Program. For complete details and registration information click on the Collegiate Expo link above.