Turbo Adds Russell, Brings Back Wodka,
and Promotes McNeil on Pro Player Staff

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Koivuniemi enters coaching role, Fagan pursues Masters Degree

With the U.S. Open Tournament right around the corner, Turbo Bowling Accessory Products President Lori Mraz and Director of Player Staff Carolyn Dorin Ballard have made some moves to beef up the group that includes representatives from regional, national and international, PBA and PWBA.

New on the world respected Turbo Staff is PBA Champion Ronnie Russell. He now owns three PBA titles after adding the PBA Badger Open this year. He also finished second in the 2015 PBA Players Championship after tying Parker Bohn III in the championship match and losing in the two frame rolloff.

Matt McNeil has been on the staff for a few years as an amateur, but has been promoted to the Touring Pro Staff after turning pro. He anchored the Dead Money Team to win the Inaugural PBA Team Challenge in the recent PBA Fall Classic in Las Vegas. He is also in contention to win the PBA Holman Roth Doubles with partner Anthony Pepe. The finals will be held December 19 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. His last title as an amateur was the 2015 USBC Open Championships All Events title with a huge 2226. It was his 4th USBC title at age 30.

Returning to the Tour Staff is 44 year old Dave Wodka, who has returned to the tour full time while also representing Ebonite as a District Sales Manager. “I was with Turbo from 1994-2000 and it is great to be back with such a wonderful company,” he said. “Lori and Dave do a great job for the bowling industry and it is an honor to be back on the Turbo Pro Staff.”

Says President, Lori Mraz, “Our brand is regarded for quality and innovation.   Our professional staff is an extension of those values. We’re delighted to welcome these new athletes to our team and continuing to inspire future generations.’

In other Turbo Staff news, Mika Koivuniemi will remain on the International Player Staff as he assumes the role of Head Coach in the United Arab Emirates, and PBA Champion Mike Fagan, a member of the National Player Staff, will cut his tour schedule back to part time as he pursues his Masters Degree from the University of California Berkley.

For more information and to find a complete listing of world renowned Turbo Staff, please
see Team Members.

Team Turbo Staff Member Danielle McEwan Secures Her First PWBA Victory.

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PWBA Tour season came to a close with a terrific live telecast. The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship featured Team Turbo Staff member Danielle McEwan securing her first PWBA victory. The live CBS Sports Network telecast featured stellar performances by all of the stepladder finalists with McEwan rolling a 278 to win her opening match versus Liz Johnson. She then survived a thrilling title match against Stefanie Johnson that came down to the final frame to decide the title and PWBA Player of the Year. Re-airs of the broadcast will be available on CBS Sports Network over the next few months, including a special encore presentation leading in to the live BowlmorAMF US Open telecast coming up on Sunday, November 8 at 1pm ET.

5th Annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo Rocks Chicago

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By any measure, Collegiate ExpoV was a smashing success!

The Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo keeps growing . . . and growing . . . and getting stronger. Each year, more student bowlers discover the merit and value that the event offers, and parents are getting tuned in to the opportunity to help their student bowlers choose the right college; especially if they have the chance to earn scholarships and be a part of a college bowling program.

Not to mention that more colleges are getting involved and becoming a part of America’s best college recruiting event. College participation at Town and Country Lanes in Joliet, Illinois July 8-10 was up from 27 last year to 36 this year; and once again, the event was sold out in advance to 168 students athletes from 27 states and two foreign countries.

Tom Falbo is the head coach at Pennsylvania’s St. Francis University. He had this to say in a note to Turbo Bowling Accessories President Lori Mraz following the event:

If there was a more appropriate way to express my appreciation for the Turbo Collegiate Expo other than saying a heartfelt thank you, I would share it with you at this time.

You’ve created such a special atmosphere and experience for these young players and their families. With life being a collection of memories, yours is such a positive experience for these kids that they can treasure for many years to come.

Your event has been such a strong resource for me and the list of high character players and families I’ve been able to recruit has been stellar.

 It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you and your staff. They really impress me how connected they are to your goals and passionate they are about what they do.”

 It is praise like that that makes Mraz and her incredible staff so proud to produce this iconic event, and it makes them more determined to keep it going and improve it every year.

Although a couple of regular coaches were unavailable because of the World Bowling Tour Tokyo event, the list was as impressive as ever. It included, Event Coordinator Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Jeff Carter, Diandra Asbaty, Jason Couch, Lindsay Boomershine, Bob Learn Jr., Shannon Pluhowsky, Amleto Monacelli, Bill Spigner, Mike Shady, Jordan Vanover, Tim Mack, and world renowned mental coach Dr. Dean Hinitz.

Student bowlers and their parents were treated to three days of classroom and on-the-lanes instruction, and there was ample time for social interaction, casual and serious discussions with the college coaches and recruiters; not to mention technical info from the industry’s leading ball companies, and special bonuses from other sponsors; like a free jersey for every bowler from Logo Infusion, and incentives to students who downloaded the bowlers app from Rolltech during the event ending Audition Tournament.

Congrats to winners Rudolfo Monacelli and Julia Huren for winning the event. Each earned a $250 scholarship award.

It almost goes without saying that the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo continues to be one of Bowling’s crown jewels because it gets the support and backing from great sponsors. This year, they included 900 Global, BBB Inc./Kids Bowl Free, Bowlingball.com, Brunswick, Columbia 300, DV8, Dexter, Ebonite, Hammer, IAB, Joliet Chamber of Commerce, Kegel, KR Strikeforce, Logo Infusion, Motiv, OnTheBallBowling.com, Roto Grip, Storm, Team USA, Track, Turbo, and the Metro Detroit and Chicagoland USBC.

For additional information and results, please visit the About Collegiate Expo section. For additional info on products and services offered by event sponsor Logo Infusion, visit www.logoinfusion.com. A complete listing of colleges participating in the 2015 Collegiate Expo can also be found on the Turbo website.

Belmonte Receives ESPY Award

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Congratulations to Team Turbo staff member and the two-time defending PBA Player of the Year, Jason Belmonte, on earning the Best Bowler ESPY Award for the second time during the 2015 ESPY Awards ceremony on Wednesday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Belmonte, who won his first ESPY Award in 2011, was among winners in a variety of sports and special moment categories that were determined by fan voting on espn.com with the winners announced during the ESPY Awards cer…emony telecast on ABC.

In 2015, Belmonte won the United States Bowling Congress Masters for an unprecedented third consecutive year and successfully defended his Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions title for his fifth career major and boosting his career win total to 12.

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Birds of a Feather Stick Together

On behalf of our entire company and legions of bowling fans worldwide, we would like to congratulate Adam Barta, Scott Pohl, Brian Walizcek, Mike Rose and Rob Gotchall on a tremendous accomplishment in winning the 2015 USBC Open Championships – Regular Team Division. Lane conditions at the Championships were especially challenging this year which is a testament to their talent and collective team effort.

Also a shout out to Matt McNiel on an amazing run of USBC accomplis

And Ronnie Sparks Jr., long time Team Turbo staff member, on earning a Regular Singles Title outdistancing himself from 35,000 bowlers with 278, 246 and 269 for a 793 series. Awesome!

We are very honored to have these gentlemen represent the Turbo brand as they exemplify our core values of excellence and continue to shine a bright light on bowling. We thank you all for your commitment and years of trust and loyalty to Turbo.

Again, our sincerest thanks and praise to all the Turbo staff representatives that participated and represented Turbo at the USBC Championships this year – Turbo President, Lori Mraz

Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo Sponsors Make It All Possible

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New sponsors Logo Infusion, Rolltech, and Junior Team USA now a part of the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo Team

The 5th Annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo will roll July 8-10, 2015 at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Illinois; and this amazing event keeps getting better and better every year because more and more great sponsors are becoming involved in the best college recruiting event in the industry.

Sponsors returning for 2015 include 900 Global, Bowlers Journal International Magazine, Brunswick, Columbia 300, Dexter, DV8, Ebonite, Hammer, Kegel, Motiv, OnTheBallBowling.com, PBA, Roto Grip, Storm, Track, Turbo, and the Metro Detroit USBC.

Joining this group of elite sponsors this year will be International Art of Bowling, Logo Infusion, sponsor of the event ending Audition Tournament and the featured jersey worn by all students during competition, Roll Tech, sponsor of the College Coaches Dinner, Junior Team USA and Chicagoland USBC. Hammer and Columbia have also stepped up their commitment by sponsoring registration bags and the photo booth.

More than 160 top student bowlers, their parents, and bowling coaches from more than 25 colleges are expected to attend again this summer. In addition, representatives from every major bowling ball company, and Hall of Fame professional bowlers and world class coaches will be there, not to mention Team USA Sports Psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz to offer his incredible mental training techniques.

“We are thoroughly excited to be part of the 5th Annual Turbo Collegiate Expo. This event has garnered serious attention in the bowling industry throughout the past few years, showcasing the talent of our sport’s future via on-lane and classroom assessment. We are looking forward to watching the next generation learn and grow into the stars of tomorrow” said Ken Keegan, Executive Director of Logo Infusion.

“Participating in the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is an incredible way for us to connect with the next generation of competitive bowlers and their coaches. As a leading tech company in bowling, we’re constantly looking for ways to expand our relationships with other innovators in the industry. We love the Collegiate Expo’s emphasis on education and are excited to contribute to the development of this program” said Rich Belsky, Founder & CEO of Rolltech.

Team USA Head Coach Rod Ross is also looking forward to the event and especially to meeting the students and their parents. “We want to let them know that Junior Gold, Junior Team USA and Team USA are more steps they can take after improving their skills in events like the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo, and we want parents to learn that these programs are also a stepladder that could provide a platform for students to bowl in international events across the globe. We salute Turbo and everyone involved in this event,” said Ross.

Any way you look at it, the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo has become a very important event on the calendars of top student bowlers headed to Junior Gold and beyond; and as more sponsors are added each year, it continues to grow and prosper.

For more information or to get a registration brochure, visit the website www.turbogrips.com; or call 1 800 530-9878

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.

5th Annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo Visits Chicagoland

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Leading the Turbo Coaching staff into this year’s event is legendary bowler/coach Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. A member of Turbo Pro Staff for many years, Dorin-Ballard has joined Turbo full-time and will be working closely with Lori Mraz, President of Turbo, to ensure another successful event.

“We are very excited about Collegiate Expo V,” said Dorin-Ballard. “We have a few new sponsors and seminars. All of our top coaches will be back as well as the amazing Dr. Dean. We are looking forward to working with the great people at Joliet’s Town & Country Lanes.”

Logo Infusion, Rolltech, International Art of Bowling and Junior Team USA join the long list of event sponsors this year. Logo Infusion will be the presenting sponsor for the event ending Audition Tournament and has designed a custom jersey every registered student will receive for participating. Rolltech will sponsor the College Coaches Dinner and Junior Team USA will headline a new seminar for students and coaches.

Sports Psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz is back among the elite team of coaches and Turbo Pro Staff members that will contribute to the event. Other Turbo staff members include Carolyn and Del Ballard, Turbo Tech Head Coach Jordan Vanover, USBC Gold coach Bill Spigner, and several professional champions, many who came from top college programs; coaches Diandra Asbaty, Jeff Carter, Jason Couch, Mike Fagan, Clara Guererro, Bob Learn Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Bill O’Neill and Mike Shady will all return.

Town & Country Lanes owner George Kontos and manager Jeff Bailey are already making plans with the city of Joliet to welcome student athletes, their families and college coaches to one of bowling’s best markets for this year’s event. “Joliet Town and Country Lanes is both honored and excited to be hosting the 2015 Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo” said Town & Country Lanes proprietor George Kontos. “We welcome all bowlers and families, pro staff members, sponsors, college coaches, and Turbo representatives. We will do all we can to make sure you enjoy your experience.”

All bowlers know that technology is a big part of today’s sport, and there is no better place for student bowlers and coaches to learn about the latest equipment than the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo. Industry experts from all of the top ball brands will conduct seminars and offer advice to make sure students get the most from their equipment going into Junior Gold, college, and beyond. During the on-lanes sessions, students will also have the opportunity to try equipment on Junior Gold oil patterns, and get advice from coaches on how to match up to the conditions.

Collegiate Expo IV, held in Buffalo, NY last summer, drew over 150 students and 27 college coaches from across the nation. Students are encouraged to get registered early for this year’s event, which is limited to 168. A registration form can be found in the event brochure (see link). NEW On-Line Registration begins in February with an Early Bird Discount deadline of April 30. Registration closes May 31.

2015 Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo sponsors: Bowlers Journal International , Brunswick, Columbia 300, Dexter, DV8, Ebonite, Global 900, Hammer, International Art of Bowling, Kegel, Logo Infusion, Motiv, OnTheBallBowling.com, PBA, Rolltech, Roto Grip, Storm, Track, Turbo, Junior Team USA, and the Metro Detroit USBC.

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard Joins Turbo Team Full Time

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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

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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.