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Liz Johnson Strikes Again at Nationwide PWBA Columbus Open

Reigning three-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association Player of the Year and Team Turbo Staff member, Liz Johnson showed she’s ready for the final events of the PWBA Tour season by making a title-winning run at the Nationwide PWBA Columbus Open on Saturday.

Johnson rolled 23 strikes over three matches at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl to snag her 24th professional title. In the title match against top seed Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, Johnson flirted with a perfect game, connecting on her first nine shots before a 10 pin ended the run in a 278-202 victory.

Johnson started Saturday’s final round of qualifying with a 289 game, leaving a 10 pin on her second shot in the final frame.

“You couldn’t ask for a better day,” Johnson said. “I’ve had some troubles on Friday nights and Saturday mornings, (the lanes) seem to get a little tighter as the week goes on. I just made a couple of little changes, tweaked a little bit with my release.”

“I tried to keep it simple, stay with that game plan. For the most part, I stayed out of trouble, had a couple of big games, got to the show and then made some good shots.”

Pluhowsky remains without a PWBA title, having lost as the No. 1 seed for the third time. Her other two losses as the top seed came in 2016. Early in Saturday’s match, she left a 9 pin on a solid shot followed by an open frame despite a good shot on the spare attempt.

“A couple of hits here and there and the game’s different,” Pluhowsky said. “That’s what it takes to win. You have to get those hits, but you have to throw it there first. That’s why she’s the greatest one out here. She gets it done.”

Colombia’s Rocio Restrepo provided a tough test for Johnson in the semifinal. In a tight match throughout, Restrepo struck twice in the final frame to force Johnson to have to match her.

Johnson obliged in a 224-215 victory, though her second shot in the 10th did make for a little drama.

“I got away with it,” Johnson said of the light hit. “The second shot got away from me a little bit, and I caught a break, fortunately.”

Johnson started her run against Colombian native Clara Guerrero, striking on seven of her first eight shots. Guerrero, meanwhile, could not put together consecutive strikes as Johnson won, 234-205.

Guerrero did string together strikes in the opening match. She struck on four of her first five shots to build a 19-pin lead against rookie Jordan Richard of Tecumseh, Michigan, who was making her third consecutive television show.

While Guerrero left the 3-6-7-10 in the ninth frame, she had built a big enough lead and took a 210-198 victory.

The PWBA Tour heads to the Dallas area next week for the QubicaAMF PWBA Players Championship at Plano Super Bowl, and Johnson is ready.

“I feel good,” Johnson said. “This is a great confidence booster going into Dallas.”

The Nationwide PWBA Columbus Open was the third and final elite-field event on the 2018 PWBA Tour. The top 24 bowlers on the PWBA points list after the U.S. Women’s Open qualified for the elite events with the remainder of the 32-player field at each event completed through a pre-tournament qualifier.

Competitors bowled 16 qualifying games on Friday before the field was cut to the top 12. Six additional games on Saturday morning determined the five players for the stepladder finals.

Mohr Wins PBA60 Dick Weber Championship

When you’re hot, you’re hot! Congratulations once again to Team Turbo staff member Ron Mohr on winning the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
 
The 62-year old and recent PBA Hall of Fame inductee won all four stepladder finals matches and threw three strikes in the 10th frame of the title match to win.
 
“I felt really confident on the right lane so I wasn’t worried about that,” said Mohr, who bowled his 10th frame on the right lane. “The left lane was the challenge and I found myself having to make a number of adjustments. I just had to read and react, stay in the moment and keep telling myself to stay slow.”
 
It was Mohr’s second senior win of the season after winning the PBA50 Northern California Classic in May for his 10th PBA50 Tour title.
 
Mohr found himself dangerously close to elimination more than once in the tournament. He started the tournament 44th after the first qualifying round and scrambled to make the cut to match play finishing second round qualifying in 25th after dropping as low as 31st. He then had to win his position round match in the final game of match play Thursday morning to take the fifth qualifying spot for the finals.
 
“I’ve made a lot of comebacks in a tournament for a good finish, or to win, but this one ranks right at the top,” said Mohr, who now makes his home in Las Vegas. “I don’t recall ever being on the brink of being eliminated as much as I was in this tournament.
 
“It’s a spectacular way to wrap up the season where I accomplished way more than I thought I would,” he added. “This is extra special because I grew up here.”
 
A shout out as well to Turbo Team members, Harry Sullins, Sam Ventura and Chris Keane who also finished in the top 5 for the event!

Zavjalova Wins Pepsi PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open

SEMINOLE, Fla. – A high-scoring week at Seminole Lanes became a much more difficult test in the stepladder finals of the Pepsi PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open on Saturday.

But No. 5 seed Diana Zavjalova of Latvia was able to fight through to win her opening match, then climbed the stepladder to capture her third PWBA title with a 201-158 victory over top-seed Daria Pajak of Poland.

The finals of the Pepsi PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open, which had five bowlers who are all in their 20s, were televised live on CBS Sports Network.

Zavjalova, who celebrated her 27th birthday on Wednesday, admitted that after a high-scoring week, she didn’t know what to expect with the finals on a pair of lanes not used during the week.

“I was nervous,” Zavjalova said. “I didn’t throw it well in the first game. Once I got through the first game, I got more comfortable, kept moving left and the other girls were struggling. I just kept moving left and just got more comfortable as the games went on.”

An early double in the title match helped Zavjalova to an 18-pin lead after six frames, and when Pajak, 25, missed a single-pin spare attempt for the second time in the match, Zavjalova simply continued to make her spares.

“I did not see the right shape, and when I threw it good, I didn’t carry,” Pajak said. “I tried to make adjustments, and that’s when I threw bad shots. And you cannot win when you miss two spares.”

In the semifinal match against Liz Kuhlkin, 24, of Schenectady, New York, Zavjalova was in a groove, striking on six of her first seven shots. Kuhlkin, who ran the stepladder to win the U.S. Women’s Open in June, managed only two strikes in the 225-157 loss.

Zavjalova had missed two spare attempts in the opening five frames of her second match against Jordan Richard, 22, of Tipton, Michigan. After a missed 10-pin spare attempt in the fifth frame, Zavjalova did not miss anything the rest of the match, finishing with seven consecutive strikes in a 226-172 victory.

“I hate missing spares,” Zavjalova said. “Once I missed, I sat down, decided to start fresh and said ‘Let’s do this.’”

In the opening match, Zavjalova slipped past Verity Crawley, 24, of England, 185-168, in a match that took some big momentum swings in the final frames. Zavjalova had a 10-pin lead entering the ninth frame, but left the 2-4-10 on her first shot and could not convert.

Crawley, with a chance to clear the deficit, hit the pocket only to leave the 7-10 split. Zavjalova struck on her first shot in the final frame to clinch.

For Zavjalova, winning the title meant going through Crawley in the opening match and Pajak in the title match. The three were teammates at Webber International and travel together on the PWBA Tour.

“We’ve known each other for a long time and I love the girls more than anything,” Zavjalova said. “But it’s really tough to bowl against them. I’m happy that I won, but Verity and Daria bowled amazing all week. That’s the beauty of the game – it comes down to one game in the finals and it worked in my favor.”

The Pepsi PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open is the first of three elite-field events that will take place in August. Following the U.S. Women’s Open, the top 24 players on the PWBA points list earned their way into the elite-field events with the remainder of the 32-player field determined through a pre-tournament qualifier (PTQ).

Players had 16 games of qualifying on Friday before the field was cut to the top 12. Six additional games on Saturday morning determined the five players for the stepladder finals.

EJ Tackett, Liz Johnson Win PBA-PWBA Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Title with Dramatic Come-From-Behind Finish

HOUSTON, Texas (July 29, 2018) – EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., and Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., survived a dramatic final game to win the 19th PBA-PWBA Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles title at Copperfield Bowl Sunday, sending Australia’s Jason Belmonte and Chicago’s Diandra Asbaty to their second straight runner-up finish.

Tackett, PBA’s 2016 Player of the Year, and Johnson, one of two women ever to win a PBA Tour title, led the tournament through 17 games before being overtaken by Belmonte and Asbaty. Trailing Belmonte and Asbaty by 10 pins going into the final match, victory in the tournament was going to be decided by whichever team won the game.

Thanks in great part to a bold move by Johnson to move to an extreme outside angle on the left lane while continuing to play an inside angle along with the rest of the field on the right lane, she gave her team the edge with a 212-192 margin over Asbaty. Tackett was unable to strike in his 10th frame, but Belmonte, needing a double for the win, left a 10 pin on his first shot in his 10th frame. While Belmonte out-scored Tackett, 214-208, but it wasn’t quite enough. Tackett and Johnson, bowling as partners for the first time in the event, won the final match, 420-406, and earned 30 match play bonus pins to post a composite 20-game total of 8,797 pins to win by a 34-pin margin.

“I’m ecstatic,” said Tackett, who earned his 11th PBA Tour title and second of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season. “I’m so happy for Liz. I’m so proud to be part of this win. There was not a single person in this building who could have done what she did in that last game. It was absolutely amazing watching her play outside on one lane, inside on the other.

“There are only two people in the world who can do what Liz did – her and Norm Duke. That’s one reason she is the greatest woman bowler of all-time.”

“I’m pretty numb,” Johnson said of her 20th PWBA title. “It’s taken me 17 years to win here. People say ‘You’ve won everything,’ but this is a major title to me. I’m so proud. This is my favorite tournament of the year.

“This has always been an event unlike any we bowl all year and it’s getting bigger and bigger,” she added. “When I started bowling this event I think I was one of the only ones coming from out of town. Now players come from all over the country and all over the world.”

Collegiate Expo VIII a Big Hit in Texas

“It is hard to believe that we’ve wrapped up our eighth Collegiate Expo,” said Turbo President Lori Mraz on July 11. “Our team works hard all year long getting ready and listening to the feedback from our students, parents, and college representatives to ensure a meaningful and rewarding event, and this one here in Texas will certainly be remembered as a very special year. “
The 8th Annual TurboTech Collegiate Expo was held at AMF Cityview Lanes in Fort Worth, Texas July 8 – 11, just days prior to the USBC Junior Gold Tournament held in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It attracted 163 student athletes from 32 states including students from Aruba, Finland and Mexico. 35 colleges participated and offered information on their academic and bowling programs along with the scholarships available for students.
The primary purpose of Collegiate Expo is to give young bowlers and their parents a chance to meet and talk with college coaches about the possibility of bowling at the college level after high school graduation. An Audition Tournament was held on the final day of the event where students wear different colored jerseys by grade level so the college coaches can easily identify their eligibility status.
Logo Infusion, one of more than a dozen industry sponsors, presented the tournament and added an additional $500 in scholarship awards this year. This year’s winners were Melanie Katen San Jose, California in the girls division, and Roberto Perez in the boys division. Perez attended Expo after winning his spot in the Copa Mexico event sponsored by Turbo partner QubicaAMF Mexico.
Another major attraction for students and parents is the chance to meet and learn from some of the best bowlers and coaches in the world, members of the Turbo Coaching Staff. This year’s line-up included Del and Carolyn Ballard, Lindsay Boomershine, Tom Carter, Jason Couch, Anne Marie Duggan, Paul Fleming, Rob Gotchall, Liz Johnson, Tim Mack, Billy Murphy, Randy Pedersen, Shannon Pluhowsky, J R Raymond, Chris Sand, Mike Shady, Jordan Vanover, Del Warren along featured presenters r. Dean Hinitz, Chuck Gardner, Brad Hagen, Susie Minshew, Gary Sparks and Randy Stoughton.
A few of them conducted special seminars. Coach Brad Hagen of Sam Houston State University presented a new seminar that was very well received entitled ‘Reality Check: Are you ready for College Team Competition?’ Coach Del Warren’s ‘Mastering Transition’ was popular with students, and Coach Gary Sparks continued to help parents and students navigate the world of college bowling by explaining NCAA, NAIA, and USBC Collegiate Programs.
“Every year, Turbo Collegiate Expo seems to find new ways to innovate its message and mission,” said Hagen. “It was a great honor being a part of this event. It elevates an experience unlike any other and gives students valuable exposure which is not only meaningful and everlasting, but defines their futures.”
Another new presentation was made by USBC Gold Coach Susie Minshew, called ‘Coaching Ability’. It was aimed at giving the college coaches in attendance unique coaching tools to help their students learn more clearly and quickly. The always popular Sports Psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz shared his insights into the mental game once again, and offered a special “Wake Up” segment that got everyone’s attention. Kegel Coach Randy Stoughton presented his ‘Venus v. Mars’ segment with tips on preparing male and female athletes for bowling completion.
Collegiate Expo VIII also strives to support bowling charities. This year, student jerseys were adorned with the logo of the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL), and raised $800 through the sale of event photos with all proceeds benefiting BVL. Turbo will match that amount to make a $1600 contribution later this year.
“It has been a privilege to work alongside some of the best technicians and professionals in the sport,” said Mraz. “It is a very rewarding experience for everyone who is passionate about our sport.”
TurboTech Collegiate Expo IX is scheduled to be held next summer in Detroit On-line Registration will be available in December.
Be sure to reach out and send THANKS to our MANY wonderful sponsors: Ballard’s Bowling Academy, Bowl4Life, 900 Global, Bowlers Journal, bowlingball.com, Brunswick, Classic Products, Columbia 300, Dexter Shoes, DV8, Ebonite, Kegel, Kids Bowl Free, KR Strikeforce, Logo Infusion, Motiv, On the Ball Bowling, PBA, Roto Grip, Storm, Track, UCanBowl2, Metro Detroit USBC Association and XBowling.

Turbo Named “The Official Grip of Ebonite Demo Days”

Announced during Bowl Expo, Turbo reaches agreement with Ebonite International to become “The Official Grip of Demo Days”.

Demo Day events give bowlers an opportunity to try the latest product from Columbia 300, Ebonite, Hammer and Track before making a purchase. Demo Day balls will feature Turbo Switch Grip products, the #1 Interchangeable Insert Worldwide.

“Any time you have two industry leaders come to an agreement of this magnitude, it’s a win for the bowlers,” David Wodka, Global Marketing Manager for Ebonite International, said.

“Creating a defined partnership with the brands of Ebonite International was an easy decision,” said Lori Mraz, President of Turbo. “The EBI demo program allows us to showcase our line of insert products, including the tremendously popular Switch Grip.”

Wodka said bowlers who may not be familiar with the Turbo Switch Grip will benefit from being able to test-drive it while trying EBI’s latest product.

“The EBI team puts a lot of effort into their demo program and we’re delighted to help support,” said Mraz. “These events continue to be a great opportunity for consumers try new bowling balls before they actually buy.”

As part of the agreement, Turbo will have a display of finger and thumb insert products at all EBI Demo Days, including the one held in conjunction with Junior Gold, as well as other sponsored events by local retailers. For a schedule of events go to, http://www.ebibowling.com/demo-days

USBC Bronze Certification Course

USBC COACHING CERTIFICATION AND DEVELOPMENT
The USBC Coaching Certification and Development Department’s main focus is to provide coaches of all levels with the materials necessary to give them the best opportunities for coaching.

USBC is the only coaching program for bowling recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and we are continuously working to build a stronger relationship with proprietors, pro shop operators and bowlers.

USBC COACHING CERTIFICATION – BRONZE
To take the USBC Coaching Bronze course, individuals first must successfully complete Level I certification.

A Bronze class is intermediate level training designed to increase coaching skills and professionalism. This certification is recommended for high school coaches.

The Bronze certification conference focuses on coaching fundamentals and covers:

  • Philosophy of coaching
  • Fine tuning the physical game
  • Lane conditions and adjustments
  • The mental game
  • Components of the bowling ball
  • Dynamics of ball motion
  • Video recording
  • Video analysis
  • Giving a lesson

Prerequisites: Must be at least 16 years of age and a USBC Level I coach. United States citizens 18 or older will not receive access to tests until they have been approved through the Registered Volunteer Program (RVP). RVP is a background check to help ensure a safe environment for USBC youth members and everyone involved. For more information on RVP, go to www.bowl.com

Fees: $295 (includes all materials).  Register at www.bowl.com

Turbo Welcomes New Sponsors & Educational Opportunity at Collegiate Expo VIII

More for High School Bowlers and College Coaches
Chesterfield, Michigan – February 19, 2018 – Turbo Bowling Accessories is inviting the next generation of bowling stars to hone in on their skills during Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo VIII this July in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bowlers from all over the United States and several foreign countries will descend on North Texas from July 8-11 to receive instruction from professional athletes, world-class coaches, and industry experts. Session topics include equipment and arsenal choices, the physical game, spare shooting and the mental game.
Collegiate Expo gives high school students the opportunity to interact with college coaches, and learn more about the recruiting experience. The event attracts collegiate bowling coaches from all across the country, giving attendees the opportunity to meet coaches and discuss scholarship opportunities.
Seminars are also offered for parents and coaches. This year, long-time sponsor Dexter has stepped up as sponsor of The Coaches Round Table. Dexter Bowling president Tyler Jensen says Collegiate Expo is an incredible opportunity for all who attend. “Turbo does a tremendous job of conducting the Collegiate Expo,” he said. “The Round Table discussions will give us a chance to really get to know the coaches, and relate to the high school bowlers.”
Jensen says that Collegiate Expo is a chance to share the importance of footwear in the sport of bowling. “Our shoes are for everybody,” said Jensen. “The key for us is to make sure bowlers are in the proper shoe, with the proper fit, style and slide for top performance.”
Turbo has also announced that Ballard’s Bowing Academy and XBowling are the newest sponsors for the eighth edition of Collegiate Expo.
Owned and operated by long-time Turbo Staff member and Regional Sales Manager, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr., the Academy’s presence will enhance an already strong list of participating coaches. “Collegiate Expo is such a perfect fit for us to participate,” said Dorin-Ballard, a USBC and PWBA Hall of Famer. “We see such a need for education, especially on the youth level. So we’re happy to be involved in such a great event.”
Sports Challenge Network’s XBowling allows bowlers to use league scores to compete in daily and weekly contests, all from their smartphones.
Logo Infusion will again act as presenting sponsor for the 6-Game Audition Tournament, which gives students an opportunity to perform in front of a captive audience of coaches for scholarship prizes.
“Events like the Collegiate Expo simply aren’t possible without industry support,” said Lori Mraz, president of Turbo Bowling Accessories. “We’re honored that the greatest brands in bowling have joined us, and are firmly committed to developing youth athletes in our sport.”
Sponsors for Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo include: Ballard’s Bowling Academy, The Bowl4Life Foundation, Bowlers Journal, The Bowlers to Veterans Link, Bowlingball.com, Brunswick, Classic Products, Columbia 300, Dexter, DV8, Ebonite, 900 Global, Hammer, Kegel, KidsBowlFree, KR Strikeforce, Logo Infusion, Motiv, On the Ball Bowling, Professional Bowlers Association, Roto Grip, Storm, Track, Turbo, Metro Detroit USBC, UCanBowl2 and XBowling.
Students attending Collegiate Expo VIII should be enrolled in High School grades 10-12 for 2017-2018 school year, or be a 2018 graduate. A minimum entering average for boys of 190 and girls of 175 is suggested for greatest recruiting consideration. Registration for the Collegiate Expo is limited to the first 210 students with paid registration. Registration deadline is April 30, 2018.

For more information and to register on-line, visit www.TurboGrips.com

About 2-N-1 Grips/Turbo Brand Bowling Accessories
Developed as the original 2-N-1™ Grip in 1989, Turbo™ Bowling Accessories has grown to become one of the best and most innovative companies in the bowling industry. Turbo is respected worldwide as a company committed to giving back to the community, and improving the sport on all levels with top quality grip and accessory products; and exceptional service to distributors, pro shops, and bowlers everywhere. 
 

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Turbo Announces Additions to Franchise Player Staff

Turbo Bowling Accessories announced that E.J. Tackett, Tom Daugherty and Daria Pajak will be joining their Franchise Player Staff for 2018.

The trio will use and promote the company’s bowling products on the PBA and PWBA tours, as well as participate in coaching and teaching seminars throughout the world.

“Turbo takes great pride in our elite and select team of player representatives,” said Lori Mraz, president of Turbo Bowling Accessories. “Our team members are held in the highest regard and have been chosen to represent the traditions and values of our brand.”

Tackett, Huntington, Ind., owns nine titles on the PBA Tour, including a pair of Major titles. He followed up his 2016 campaign as Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year by winning the Firelake Tournament of Champions, along with three additional Tour titles.

“I’m truly excited to be on board with Turbo,” said Tackett, the 2012-13 PBA Rookie of the Year. “I’ve been using grips for years now, and Turbo Grips fit me better than anything else.”

Tackett says that signing with Turbo goes beyond just using their products in competition. He says that Turbo’s efforts to develop and grow youth bowling were a big plus for him.

“Not only do I get to use great products, but I get the opportunity to participate in clinics and seminars that Turbo operates,” Tackett said. “I want to do more with youth bowling and getting more kids involved in our sport. That’s how bowling is going to thrive and survive. Being associated with Turbo allows me to be a part of the change.”

Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., owns a pair of PBA titles to go along with 13 PBA Regional Tour wins. He says that Turbo’s team concept was a major factor in his signing.

“My success on the PBA Tour is directly related to the teams that I surround myself with,” said Daugherty. “The better my teams get, the better I bowl. The people at Turbo gave me the feeling that they wanted me to be part of the team as much as I wanted to be on the team.”

Off the lanes, Daugherty operates a pair of bowling pro shops. He says his association with Turbo is also a smart decision for his businesses.

“The quality of Turbo gear is second to none,” Daugherty said. “Signing with Turbo gives me the confidence in knowing that I have the best grips in my bowling balls. As a pro shop owner I can now offer the best products to my customers.”

Pajak, from Pila, Poland, found success in her first year on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour. Her season included a pair of TV appearances and her first win at the Greater Detroit Open. Pajak led the PWBA Tour with three perfect games in 2017, two of which came at the U.S. Women’s Open. She was the top seed for the stepladder finals before losing to fellow Turbo staffer Liz Johnson, 188-176 in the final match.

Tackett, Daugherty and Pajak join a Franchise Tour staff at Turbo that includes DJ Archer, Diandra Asbaty, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Josh Blanchard, Ryan Ciminelli, Andres Gomez, Leanne Hulsenberg, AJ Johnson, Liz Johnson, Marshall Kent, Danielle McEwan, Matt McNiel, Shannon Pluhowsky, Ronnie Russell, Stuart Williams and Diana Zavjolova. These members join Lifetime Team Turbo Staff Members  Jason Couch, Ted Hannahs, Mika Koivuniemi, Johnny Petraglia and Guppy Troup.

“Leaders and innovators, our team is passionate and persevering,” said Mraz. “We’re delighted to welcome the return of many loyal staff members and tour veterans as well as some exciting new additions to the team.”

Turbo employs over 400 staff members worldwide which include other National, Regional and International Staff members. Many Regional Staff Contracts are awarded to Turbo Xtreme Dealers which own, operate or are affiliated with a bowling retail store in the US or Canada.  Xtreme renewal and enrollment starts up in February 2018. For details on the program or for a complete listing of Turbo Player Staff Representatives visit www.turbogrips.com.

 

 

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.
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