Guerrero Accomplished The Dream!

GREEN BAY, Wis. – More than a decade ago, Clara Guerrero made the move from Colombia to the United States to bowl collegiately and chase her dream of competing on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour.

It took a little longer than expected, but Guerrero accomplished the dream of winning a PWBA title, and a major title at that, with a 199-175 victory over Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, in the final of the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship on Sunday.

As the No. 3 seed, Guerrero had to win three matches at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to earn the title.

“It feels incredible, it’s just such a dream for my first title to be a major against such amazing competitors,” Guerrero said. “It’s just spectacular. I feel unreal right now.”

She won a collegiate title at Wichita State in 2005, and has won numerous titles internationally, including capturing the QubicaAMF World Cup title the last two years. But a PWBA title was what she always wanted.

“I have won many things with my national team, but this is the main dream,” Guerrero said. “When I moved to the United States 12 years ago and bowled for Wichita State, I did it to get better to bowl on tour, to bowl against the best women in the world. When we didn’t have that opportunity anymore, I competed against the men to stay sharp. Now that we are back, and I can accomplish the dream I always wanted, it’s just incredible.”

In the title match, Guerrero had just one strike in nine frames but converted all of her spares, including a 1-2-7-10, while Liz Johnson had open frames in the third and sixth frames. Needing a mark and six pins in the final frame to clinch the title, Guerrero delivered two strikes.

Guerrero’s semifinal match against Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois, was decided on the final ball. O’Keefe, who won the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open earlier this season, struck in the ninth, as the 6 pin rolled late to take out the 3 pin, and had the opportunity to shut out Guerrero in the 10th frame by striking on her first two shots.

O’Keefe struck on the first shot, but left the 2-8-10 on the second, picking up the 2-8, to leave the door open for Guerrero.

Needing 20 pins to move to the title match, Guerrero started the final frame with a spare, forcing her to strike on the fill ball. She got the strike and a 226-225 victory.

“I made a move left and it paid off,” Guerrero said. “I’m glad I did it.”

Guerrero advanced to the semifinals with a 237-199 victory over No. 4 seed Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas. After Johnson opened in the sixth after leaving the 1-2-8-10, Guerrero struck on six of seven shots, including the final five, to advance.

At the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship, competitors bowled 12 games of qualifying on Friday before the field was cut to the top 16 players for match play. On Saturday, the remaining players bowled 16 match-play games that determined the four players for Sunday’s stepladder finals.

GO BOWLING PWBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
At The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay, Wis.
Final standings

1, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 662 (three games), $20,000
2, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 175 (1 game), $10,000
3, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Illinois, 225 (1 game), $6,000
4, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 199, (1 game), $5,000

Stepladder results
Match One – Guerrero def. S. Johnson, 237-199
Semifinal – Guerrero def. O’Keefe, 226-225
Championship – Guerrero def. L. Johnson, 199-175

Turbo Brand Accessories Announces Partnership With RockTape™

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Turbo Bowling Accessories has reached an exclusive agreement with RockTape™ to represent and distribute RockTape™ products in the bowling industry.

Chesterfield, MI, June 13, 2016 –  RockTape™ is the world leader in kinesiology tape, education, research, and functional fitness accessories. The tape can be used to treat sports and non-sports injuries, including shin splints, runner’s knee and back pain. Stretchier, stickier and stronger than the competition, RockTape™ is preferred by athletes and medical professionals throughout the world.

“The Turbo brand is regarded worldwide as a leader in developing original bowling accessories like the first neon colored grip, urethane thumb solid, Switch Grip and more,” said Lori Mraz, President of Turbo Bowling Accessories. “Our partnership with RockTape™ represents our continued commitment to bring unique and exceptional products to the sport.”

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Turbo,” said RockTape™ CEO Greg van den Dries. “Bowlers have been using kinesiology tape for decades, and until now have had to settle for products that were good, but never great.”

Along with Mraz, Turbo Representatives have been specifically trained and certified in Flexible Movement Techniques (FMT). National Sales Manager Chris Sand and Regional Sales Manager JR Raymond will help bowlers and bowling retailers better understand the ‘taping movement’ and the concept of muscles acting as a chain.

“Kinesiology tape has been successfully used by athletes in many sports for quite some time,” said Mraz. “We’re looking forward to working with the RockTape™ team to not only share their products, but their knowledge and expertise in Flexible Movement Technology with the bowling industry.”

According to van den Dries, the partnership between Turbo and RockTape™ is an excellent opportunity to put RockTape™ in the hands of bowlers and equip them properly for success.

“RockTape™ was born in the heat of competition and will withstand the demands that professional and amateur bowlers subject themselves to,” he said. “Regardless if used on arms, legs, shoulders or knees, RockTape™ will help these athletes go stronger, longer.”

Turbo will debut the product at International Bowl Expo, from June 29-30 in Las Vegas. A Certified Rock Doc will give live demonstrations on various kinesiology taping techniques.  Those in attendance are invited to stop by booth #945 during trade show hours. In addition to International Bowl Expo, RockTape™ will also be featured at over 15 regional trade shows this summer. Download the complete Tradeshow Calendar ibpsia.com.

1st Annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo Challenge A SUCCESS!

Coll-Expo-Chall-GroupTurbo in cooperation with the Frank Gavie Youth Committee debuted the 1st Annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo Challenge, Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Sterling Lanes in Sterling Heights.   Seventy-six bowlers, both boys and girls divisions, participated in a 6 game qualification round with 50% of field advancing to the eliminator, single game rounds.  Two bowlers came out on top! Congratulations to Kyle McGrath, Davison, MI and Krysta Peirce, Lenox, MI. In addition to the $2500 awarded in scholarships, all participants had an opportunity to win a FREE Entry into the 2016 Collegiate Expo in July 2016 valued at $389 each. Congratulations to Hunter Vallad, Flint, MI and Sydney Clark, Shelby Twp., MI on being the lucky winners selected to attend our awesome 3-day event in Indianapolis, Indiana this summer.

Turbo is committed to giving back to the sport of bowling through educational programs like the Collegiate Expo and Collegiate Expo Challenge. Our Challenge event welcomed 14 Alumni students that have participated in Collegiate Expo since 2011. Help us continue to pay it forward by visiting your local retailer and asking for Turbo brand accessories.

 

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Three-time PBA Tour Champion Andres Gomez Signs Deal

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Three-time PBA Tour champion Andres Gomez has signed a deal with Turbo Bowling Accessories to join their Elite Franchise Player Staff.

The 42-year-old native of Colombia, will represent Turbo on both the PBA and World Bowling Tours. In addition to being a staff player, Gomez will also serve as Turbo’s South and Central American Sales Manager.

“We’ve always regarded Andres as one of the most professional and respected bowlers on the PBA Tour,” said Lori Mraz, President of Turbo Bowling Accessories. “In addition to representing Team Turbo on professional Tours, Andres will be an important part of our continued vision to promote the sport worldwide through education and youth development.”

Gomez, a long-time member of the Colombia national team, has bowled on the PBA Tour since 2005, amassing $282,137 in career earnings. He earned his certification as a USBC Silver Certified Coach in 2008. His knowledge and teaching expertise will be essential during Turbo’s various coaching and educational clinics throughout the world.

“Andres has a great passion for the sport,” said Mraz. “We look forward to working with him and sharing his knowledge of the sport with our fans.”

As owner of AG Distributing, which distributes Storm products throughout South and Central America, Gomez will now also serve as a distributor of Turbo Bowling Accessories. This will provide Turbo with an enhanced strategic sales focus south of the United States as it looks to expand its global footprint.

“I’m very excited to be part of such a great company,” said Gomez. “I think Turbo not only has great staff players and a fantastic line of products, but also has a vision to educate the youth. I would like to thank Lori for giving me this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to be part of the Turbo team.”

JR Raymond Named Turbo Midwest Regional Sales Manager

JR Raymond, 31, has been named Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Turbo Bowling Accessories. It was announced today by Turbo President Lori Mraz that Raymond will be responsible for the States of Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Indiana. He will office out of Turbo headquarters in Chesterfield, Michigan where he will also assume coaching duties at the Turbo Tech Training Center. He is a bronze level USBC Coach, working toward silver status in the near future.
Raymond lives in Saginaw where he bowled collegiately for Saginaw Valley State University and McKendree University. He was a member of the 2007 IBC Championship Team at SVSU.
Raymond cashed in 13 of 19 events on the PBA Tour in the 2014-15 season. He was the PBA Central Region Rookie of the Year in 2010. In 2009, he was a member of the Turbo Grips Team that won the USBC Team All Events title.
Raymond previously managed two bowling centers and pro shops in Michigan, and is a graduate of the BPAA Bowling Center Management School. He also has extensive outside sales experience connected to the bowling business.
“JR has been a member of pro staff since 2014,” said Mraz.  “He’s a bright young man with a passion for bowling.  He is a great fit for our team and will be valuable resource for our retailers throughout the Midwest and beyond.”
“I am extremely excited to get to work with the best grip and accessory brand in the bowling industry,” said Raymond. “It’s always been a dream of mine to work a job inside the industry. Bowling has been in my blood since I was born and getting to talk about bowling and coaching; teaching people the game inside a facility like Turbo Tech is an amazing opportunity to give back to a game that has given me so much.”
Raymond current lives in Saginaw with his fiancée Alisha Kovach and their 3-year old daughter McKenzie. They are looking to relocate to the Detroit Metro area to work from Turbo headquarters in Chesterfield. They’re planning a September wedding.

Since its beginnings in 1989, Turbo Bowling Accessories has grown to become one of the best and most innovative companies in the industry. Turbo is respected worldwide as a company that is totally committed to giving back to the global 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.

Turbo Signs PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson

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Elysia Current also added to Women’s Pro Staff

2016 is looking like a very good year for Turbo Bowling Accessories; made even better by the signing of two of the brightest stars on the new Professional Women’s Bowling Tour, PWBA Champions Liz Johnson and Elysia Current.

Johnson, the 2015 PWBA Player of the Year and current Women’s U.S. Open Champion, joins the list of more than 30 great women bowlers on the Turbo Staff.

I am very excited about joining the Turbo team,” said Johnson.  “They have a great history and I am very honored to be a part of the ‘family.’ Thanks to Lori Mraz and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard for all their help. I am looking forward to representing Turbo on the 2016 Tour and around the world.”

The U.S. Open was Johnson’s 4th major title to go along with her 10 standard pro titles. She started her pro career as the 1996 PWBA Rookie of the Year, and she was named Player of the Year by the Bowling Writers Association of America (now IBMA) in 2005 and 2007.

As an amateur, Johnson was named the Alberta Crowe Star of Tomorrow, and she was an All American and MVP during her college years at Morehead State University. She is an 11 year member of Team USA and a member of the team that recently won the 2015 World Bowling Women’s Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Elysia Current, the Head Bowling Coach at Delaware State University, launched her professional career in 2015 by winning the first tournament of the new PWBA Tour, the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. Prior to that sensational start, she finished second in the 2011 USBC Queens, and she was an All American at both Wichita State University and Fairleigh Dickinson University in her college years. She was named College Bowler of the Year by the IBMA in 2004.

Liz is a proven leader, and no doubt one of the greatest female champions of this generation,” said Turbo President Lori Mraz. “Her dedication to the sport both on and off the lanes is admirable. Elysia brings us a direct connection to both the professional and college ranks, and she is a great example and inspiration for future generations. We look forward to working with both of these great ladies in our Turbo Driven to Bowl Clinics and many other areas.”

Turbo remains steadfast in its commitment to Women’s Professional Bowling as proven by many years of sponsorship of the Women’s US Open, prior sponsorship of the PWBA and LPBT Tours and confirmed Registered Product Partnership with the New PBA Tour.

Other PWBA National Player Staff members include Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Danielle McEwen, Diandra Asbaty, Leanne Barrette-Hulsenberg, Lindsay Boomershine, Anne Marie Duggan, Sandra Gongora, Clara Guererro, Brittni Hamilton, Kayla Johnson, Megan Kelly, Marsha Klompken, Shannon Pluhowsky, Lucy Sandelin, Mary Wells, Kristina Wendell, and Diana Zavjalova.

6th Annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo Gears Up for Indy

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In only five short years, the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo has become bowling’s undisputed best college recruiting event. 

In 2016, the 6th edition of this prestigious event will be held at Western Bowl in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 12-14. And since Western Bowl has 80 lanes and plenty of meeting space, the number of spots available has been expanded to its largest field yet of 204 student bowlers.

Turbo Regional Sales Manager and Pro Staff Coordinator Carolyn Dorin-Ballard will again serve as Event Director. “I am confident we will fill the event again this year,” said Dorin-Ballard. “Last year, (with 168 spots available) we had 44 kids on a waiting list. We’ve been getting calls the past couple of months from parents eager to sign up for this year’s event. It’s exciting and rewarding, and it shows that what we’re doing is making a difference.”

General Manager Jim Doty is looking forward to hosting the 2016 Collegiate Expo. “Royal Pin and Western Bowl is honored to be chosen to host this awesome event,” he said. The Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is, in my opinion, the best event in the country to help our young adult bowlers improve their game and by doing so helps to continue the ‘Sport of Bowling’.”

Dorin-Ballard and Turbo President Lori Mraz are going all out this year to make sure that every student athlete in attendance gets all of the attention they deserve both in the classroom seminars and during on-the-lane instruction. From USBC Gold and Silver certified instructors, PBA Tour Champions, Team USA veterans, PWBA contenders, Collegiate All-Americans and industry experts, the collective team of coaching representatives is impressive.  Turbo coaches returning this year in addition to Dorin-Ballard are Diandra Asbaty, Lindsay Boomershine Jeff Carter, Jason Couch, Tim Mack, Shannon Pluhowsky, Bill Spigner, Jordan Vanover, and world respected Sports psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz.

Because of expanded student registration, new coaches Josh Blanchard, Hank Boomershine, Tom Carter, Ryan Ciminelli, Ron Hatfield, Ronnie Russell and Dave Wodka have been added.

Another improvement this year includes limited one-hour classroom seminars so students will get more time to put what they learn into practice on the lanes. “We have learned over the years that students want to bowl and bowl,” said Dorin-Ballard, “So we’re making sure that we schedule the seminars and on-lane segments so that students get the much wanted on-lane time with coaches but also the reasonable break periods needed, and that are important, for them to perform physically and mentally.”

No event of this magnitude would be possible without sponsors, and Turbo is proud the sponsor partnerships it has developed over the past six years.  Returning in 2016, and with enhanced sponsorship, “Columbia and Hammer are stepping up again in 2016 sponsoring our photo booth and registration bags,” said Mraz. “Logo Infusion will once again be the sponsor of the Audition Tournament and provide an event jersey to all student bowlers. Our partnership with Bowlers Journal will again allow every student to receive a one year paid subscription to the magazine. Storm will be sponsoring our Round Table for Collegiate Coaches; and will coordinate a presentation on Building a Team Arsenals with other ball companies while Kegel will sponsor and host our College Coaches Dinner on Wednesday evening.  We couldn’t be more pleased with the enthusiastic support of all of our sponsors.

Space is limited.  This event will SELL OUT!  So REGISTER early!  Save $30 during Early-Bird Registration Now – April 30th. Additional questions, please call Turbo directly at 800-530-9878, Monday-Friday, 8:30a-5p Eastern or e-mail Event Administrator, Megan Bernhardt, mbernhardt@turbogrips.com.

Turbo Signs Two Of Bowling’s Brightest Stars

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With the PBA World Series of Bowling on the near horizon, Turbo Bowling Accessories has signed two of Bowling’s brightest stars to its world renowned professional staff.

2015 U.S. Open Champion Ryan Ciminelli and John Szczerbinski have found much success in bowling using Turbo Products, and both are also highly respected on tour for integrity and outstanding character. They are the newest of more than 400 top bowlers around the world representing the Turbo Bowling Accessories brand.

The Turbo brand is built upon innovation and quality which is sustained by integrity and commitment.  Our pro staff is an extension of those values,” said Turbo President Lori Mraz.   “We’re delighted to welcome Ryan and John to our team.   They’re developing into professionals at the highest level of our sport.   We look forward to watching them continue to shine under the Turbo brand.”

Ciminelli, from Cheektowaga, New York, now owns four PBA Titles after winning his first major crown at the recent U.S. Open in Garland, Texas. He won the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Open earlier this year in Las Vegas. He joined the tour in 2007, and now is following in the footsteps of some of the sports top players like Mike Aulby, Jason Couch, and his idol Parker Bohn III.

I’m very excited to be a part of such a great team,” said Ciminelli. “The Turbo pre cut thumb tape grew on me instantly. I also love the black tape roll for wrapping my fingers. Using these accessories I will never have to worry about soreness or any cutting on my hand. I can’t wait to sport the turbo logo on the lanes.”

Szczerbinski, Tonawanda, New York, made his mark as an All-American and NationalChampion at Wichita State University and as a five time member of Team USA. He joined the tour in 2010 and is considered one of its rising stars. He finished second in the 2015 PBA Kingdom of Bahrain International Championship, and is poised to win his first PBA title and perhaps many more in the near future.

I would like to thank Lori Mraz, Chris Sand, and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard for reaching out to me and giving me this opportunity,” said Szczerbinski.  “It’s an honor to be given this chance to build a long and successful relationship with Turbo.”

Turbo Inks New Package Deals with Jayhawk

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For anyone in the pro shop business or anyone thinking about entering the business, there are two outstanding companies that can supply virtually everything needed to set up a world class shop – Turbo Bowling Accessories and Jayhawk Bowling Supply. Now, by way of a new partnership between the two dynamic suppliers, pro shop owners and managers can equip their shops with one stop shopping.

Effective immediately, shops purchasing Jayhawk’s Tri Oval or Oval Maker II Packages can add a Turbo Xtreme Package to the deal at substantial savings. This means that not only will a shop owner be buying the finest state-of-the-art drill mill and related equipment, but they will also get outstanding value and an ample supply of Turbo grip and inserts, storage racks, fitting tools, banners, and much more . . . everything needed to serve the customer on day one of the business.

The deal came about when Turbo Bowling Accessories President Lori Mraz sat down with Jayhawk owner John Hardman and Pro Shop Division Manager Russ Wilson to talk about combining their expertise and quality products to better serve pro shops and bowlers everywhere.

Together, the two companies have more than 75 years of experience in bowling, but more important than that is their solid reputation for integrity, service, and commitment to the business and sport.

“Turbo has partnered with many great brands in the industry to advance the sport and to improve the retail environment,” said Mraz   “We have known John and Russ for many years and believe the Jayhawk brand exemplifies quality and integrity.   It was an easy decision to partner with them.”

“We worked to create a unique package that caters to new pro shops to get them off to a great start with the best grip products as well as the best pro shop equipment in the world,” said Wilson. “Turbo is the leader in grip and slug technology and adding their products to our packages will make them a great option for starting a new pro shop.”

Details of the new packages can be found in the Retail Resources section, Jayhawk Mills page and on the Jayhawk website.

 

About TurboSince its beginnings in 1989, Turbo Bowling Accessories has grown to become one of the best and most innovative companies in bowling. Turbo is respected worldwide as a company that is totally committed to giving back to the global community, improving the sport on all levels with top quality grip and accessory products; and exceptional service to distributors, pro shops, and bowlers everywhere.

About Jayhawk –Since 1960, Jayhawk Bowling Supply, the worldwide leader in pro shop equipment, training, and support, has been known for fair and friendly service, dedication to excellence, innovation, integrity and continuous improvement.

Aliyah Alleyne, Derick Holmes, Sierra Kanemoto – Oct-2015 Rising Stars

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As a long-time supporter and advertiser with the Bowlers Journal International, Turbo is delighted to share and support the BJI Generation Next, a new magazine feature that recognizes outstanding youth bowlers and future ambassadors of the sport. The athletes recognized here were featured in a recent issue of the BJI.

Bowlers can apply for Generation Next by submitting the following information to Traklright@aol.com: Name, e-mail address, Age, Average, High Game, High Series, Bowling Accomplishments and Extra Curricular Activities. Eligibility Requirements: All certified USBC High School and College bowlers will be considered. Upon selection by BJI, bowlers will be asked to submit photo, similar to those featured on this page.

Turbo is firmly committed to helping support and educate youth bowlers fostering growth and life-long participation in the sport. Be sure to visit our Coaching Section for more information on the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo, the premier recruiting and educational program for high school bowlers and college coaches.

 


Aliyah Alleyne
Age: 12

You may recall Aliyah Alleyne as the poker-faced competitor bowling for the U12 title at the 2015 Junior Gold Championships on CBS Sports Network, as seemingly unfazed by open frames as she was unimpressed by strikes. Alleyne fell short that day, finishing runner-up, but her impressive résumé suggests she is destined to rise in the years ahead. The Mooresville, N.C., resident began bowling competitively at age nine and quickly scored a runner-up finish in the North Carolina State Pepsi Youth Championships in 2012. This year, she won a scholarship tournament at George Pappas Victory Lanes in June. Off the lanes, she is a member of the choir at Pinnacle Church of God in Christ, plays violin and piano, and is an honor student at East Langtree Charter Academy.


Derick Holmes
Age: 19

One of the biggest splashes Derick Holmes made on the national scene occurred when he was named the 2014 Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow, an honor that earned the Wichita, Kan., teen a $6,000 scholarship and recognition for his extraordinary record both on and off the lanes. A Boy Scout for 12 years, Holmes became an Eagle Scout in 2010 and maintained a 4.0 GPA at Wichita Southeast High School while also excelling on the lanes, making two consecutive appearances on the Dexter High School All-American Team in 2013 and 2014. Now entering his sophomore year at Wichita State University, where he is studying business management and human resources management, Holmes logged a high series of 787 in his first year as a Shocker.


Sierra Kanemoto
Age: 19

This two-time Dexter High School All-American out of Riverside, Ohio, enjoyed two third-place and two second-place finishes at the Teen Masters between 2010 and 2014 before emerging as a national star with her U20-Division victory at the 2015 Junior Gold Championships in June. Though she struggled out of the gate in her U20 title match against Breanna Clemmer under the national spotlight of CBS Sports Network, she recovered with a 232 to secure a 401-385 victory. Prior to joining the Wichita State Shockers starting with the 2014-15 season, Kanemoto helped the Stebbins High School bowling team to three conference championships while also nabbing the Ohio High School Singles title in 2012. In her Freshman year with WSU, where she is studying biological sciences, she logged a high series of 790.