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March 31st, 2013
Del Ballard Jr.
It was nice to have a smaller field to where I could be more hands on with certain players and not so much with others. When we have half the field and have such a great staff, it makes my job easy. I didn't help Weber as much as he didn't need it. 5-10 minutes here and there was all he needed.
Pete used all Goldie's (IQ Tour Pearl's) and HyRoads most of the week. When Weber came over to the TV pair they were hooking a lot more than just one game before. Weber just moved left with his Goldie and it was good. He asked me about a ball change late on left lane and I said yes. He went to a pin down IQ Tour Pearl that hooked too quick on the left lane and stayed with the pin above on the right lane. And the rest was history! He bowled unbelievable!
The star of the show, Pete Weber, took the lanes and destroyed the competition, just like he had done all week long. At age 50, he's doing some of his greatest bowling. I think he now needs to be considered for top three greatest players of all time.
Del Ballard Jr.
Belmo was Belmo and did most of his preparation on his own. I just did some surfaces each round to keep them fresh. He threw mostly Reign of Powers then Wreckers. When Belmo came to the TV pair he went straight to his shinier wrecker and it was golden in practice and started with 4-5 in a row.
I thought the finals were going to be high scoring as Belmo doubled but then the lanes hooked too much and when he moved it was weak. I reminded him that if he moved left and it was too long he had a wrecker with same layout that I had lightly hit with a 3000 pad. I don't think he tried it but the shiny ball was weak when he moved in or threw it harder.
Belmonte took care of his arch rival Rash, and then the stage was set. Belmo was at the top of his game but was facing a legend who rises to the test at majors in Pete Weber.
Del Ballard Jr.
Osku used 90% Defiant Souls all week. On the show he didn't have much at all. He tried all of his Defiant Souls but they were all too long. He went to a lucid and it was ok on the left lane but still too much ball on the right lane. I asked him if he wanted more surface on one and he said no he would do it with his hand. But then with one minute left in practice the lanes blew up and the look he had in practice broke down fast. He wound up moving right late in his match to make it close but he left a couple of ring tens and he was done.
Another great week for Storm, another major championship. Osku had a great week, but had some trouble on the show early. He made a ball change and couldn't carry. A great week non the less.
1st Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 1996 Greater Hartford Open (Forest Fire)
2nd Win - Pete Weber - 1997 Tucson Open (Lightning Storm)
3rd Win - Pete Weber - 1997 Comfort Inn Classic (Blue Thunder Pro)
4th Win - First Major - Pete Weber - 1998 National Championship (Bolt)
5th Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 1998 Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (Bolt)
1st Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 1998 Storm Flagship Open
6th Win - Brian Himmler - 1999 Albuquerque Open (Sky Bolt)
7th Win - Eric Forkel - 1999 Brunswick Long Island N.Y City PBA Experience (Meteor Flash)
8th Win - Pete Weber - 2000 Empire State Open (El Nino 2000)
9th Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 2000 Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (ThunderFlash Pro)
10th Win - Second Major - Robert Smith - 2000 U.S Open (Fire Power)
11th Win - Robert Smith - 2000 Flagship Open (Super Power)
12th Win - Ryan Shafer - 2001 Orleans Casino Open Championship (X-IT)
13th Win - Pete Weber - 2001 Great Lakes Classic (X-IT/Eraser)
14th Win - Pete Weber - 2001 Greater Louisville Open (Trauma Recovery)
15th Win - Pete Weber - 2002 Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open (Trauma ER)
16th Win - Robert Smith - 2002 PBA Empire State Open (Erase It/Super Power)
17th Win - Hugh Miller - 2002 PBA Dream Bowl 2002 (Erase It)
18th Win - Robert Smith - 2002 Japan Cup (Shock Trauma)
19th Win - Danny Wiseman - 2002 Miller High Life Open (Eraser/Eraser Blaze)
20th Win - Randy Pedersen - 2002 Pepsi Open (X Factor)
2nd Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2003 Storm Las Vegas Classic
21st Win - Mike DeVaney - 2003 PBA GEICO Earl Anthony Classic (X Factor)
22nd Win - Pete Weber - 2003 PBA Tar Heel Open (X Factor Deuce)
23rd Win - Robert Smith - 2003 PBA Banquet Open (Eraser Boost)
24th Win - Brian Himmler - 2003 PBA Miller High Life Open (Hotwire)
25th Win - Ryan Shafer - 2003 PBA Empire State Open (X Factor Deuce)
26th Win - Patrick Healey Jr. - 2003 PBA GEICO Open (X Factor)
27th Win -Third Major - Patrick Healey Jr. - 2003 PBA Dexter Tournament of Champions (Flash Point/Hot Rod)
3rd Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2004 PBA Earl Anthony Classic presented by Storm Products
28th Win - Pete Weber - 2004 PBA Medford Open (Super Charge/X Factor Re Loaded)
29th Win - Fourth Major - Pete Weber - 2004 U.S Open (X Factor)
30th Win - Robert Smith - 2004 PBA Odor Eaters Open (Eraser Boost)
31st Win - Brian Himmler - 2004 PBA Chicago Open ( X Factor Ace)
4th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2004 PBA Orange County Classic presented by Storm Products
32nd Win - Pete Weber - 2005 Bowlers Paradise.com Classic (Fired Up)
33rd Win - Pete Weber - 2006 PBA Etonic Championship (Special Agent)
34th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 PBA Lake County Indiana Classic ( X Factor Ace)
35th Win - Brian Himmler - 2006 PBA Earl Anthony Medford Classic (Paradigm)
36th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 PBA Ace Hardware Championship (X Factor Ace)
37th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 Columbia 300 Classic (Spit Fire)
38th Win - Fifth Major - Pete Weber - 2007 U.S Open (Shift)
39th Win - Norm Duke - 2007 PBA Pepsi Championship (Spit Fire/Fired Up)
40th Win - Sixth Major - Norm Duke - 2008 PBA Denny's World Championship (Hy-Road)
41st Win - Seventh Major - Norm Duke - 2008 U.S Open (Shift)
42nd Win - Mike Machuga - 2008 PBA Chameleon Championship (Hy-Road)
43rd Win - Mike Wolfe - 2008 PBA Ultimate Scoring Championship (Dimension/T-Road Pearl)
44th Win - Rhino Page - 2008 Shark Championship (Hy-Road)
45th Win - Eighth Major Norm Duke - 2008 PBA World Championship (Hy-Road)
46th Win - Patrick Allen - 2009 National Bowling Stadium Championship (T-Road Solid/Rapid Fire)
47th Win - Ninth Major - Patrick Allen - 2009 PBA H & R Block Tournament of Champions (T-Road Pearl/Rapid Fire)
48th Win - Norm Duke/Liz Johnson 2009 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship (Hy-Road)
49th Win - Norm Duke - 2009 PBA Dick Weber Open (Hy-Road)
50th Win - Jeff Carter - 2009 GEICO Plastic Ball Championship (Plastic)
51st Win - Jason Belmonte - 2009 PBA Long Island Classic - (Hy-Road/Team Storm Plastic)
52nd Win - Tenth Major - Mike Scroggins- 2009 U.S Open (Hy-Road/T-Road Pearl)
53rd Win - Patrick Allen - 2009 Dydo Japan Cup (Hy-Road)
54th Win - Norm Duke - 2009 PBA Cheetah Championship (Second Dimension)
55th Win - Rhino Page - 2009 PBA Viper Open (Natural)
56th Win - Mike DeVaney 2009 PBA Scorpion Championship (Natural/Street Rod)
57th Win - Jack Jurek - 2009 PBA Shark Championship (Virtual Energy)
58th Win - Brian Voss/Diandra Asbaty - 2010 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship (Hy-Road)
59th Win - Pete Weber - 2010 PBA Lumber Liquidators Marathon Challenge (Hy-Road)
60th Win - Yong Jin Gu - 2010 PBA Scorpion Championship (Anarchy)
61st Win - Osku Palermaa - 2010 PBA GEICO Shark Championship (Hy-Road)
5th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2010 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational sponsored by Storm Products
62nd Win - 11th Major - Tom Hess - 2011 USBC Masters (Virtual Gravity Nano)
63rd Win - 12th Major - Norm Duke - 2011 U.S Open (Prodigy)
64th Win - Stuart Williams - 2012 Bayer Viper Open (Victory Road Solid/Tropical Heat)
65th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 WSOB Chameleon Open (Marvel Pearl)
66th Win - Dominic Barrett - 2012 WSOB Scorpion Open (Marvel Pearl)
67th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 WSOB Shark Open (Marvel Pearl)
68th Win - 13th Major - Osku Palermaa - 2012 PBA World Championship (Hy-Road)
69th Win - Andres Gomez - 2012 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic (Marvel Pearl)
70th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 PBA Elite Players Championship (Marvel Pearl)
6th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2012 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational sponsored by Storm Products
71st Win - Scott Newell - 2012 PBA Ricart Ford Open (Victory Road Solid)
72nd Win - Osku Palermaa - 2012 PBA Kuwait International Open (Natural)
73rd Win - 14th Major - Pete Weber - 2012 U.S Open (Marvel Pearl/Frantic)
74th Win - Norm Duke/Wes Malott - 2012 PBA Roth/Holman Doubles (Anarchy/Frantic)
75th Win - Norm Duke - 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs (Frantic)
76th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 PBA Australian Masters (Lucid)
77th Win - Norm Duke - 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs (Frantic)
78th Win - Brad Angelo - 2012-13 PBA Viper Championship (Hy-Road)
79th Win - Tom Daugherty - 2012-13 PBA BJ Scorpion Championship - (Victory Road)
80th Win - Andres Gomez - 2013 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic (Hy-Road)
81st Win - Michael Haugen Jr. - 2013 PBA Mark Roth Classic - (IQ Tour Pearl)
82nd Win - 15th Major - Jason Belmonte - 2013 USBC Masters (Lucid)
83rd Win - 16th Major - Pete Weber - 2013 PBA Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions (IQ Tour Pearl)
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