Bohn, Malott, Johnson Signed to H5G Pro Staff

by Bob Johnson 0

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer, Parker Bohn III; 10-time PBA champion, Wes Malott; and rising star, A.J. Johnson, have joined H5G’s pro staff, H5G President, Todd Molbeck, has announced.

The three new additions to the H5G staff join PBA players, Jason Belmonte, Tommy Jones, Sean Rash, Jesper Svensson, Ronnie Russell, E.J. Tackett and Lennie Borsch in representing the PBA’s “Official Jersey Provider” in competition and promotional events around the world.

Bohn, a 35-time winner on the PBA Tour and a three-time PBA50 Tour champion, also is a three-time Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner and was selected as the first recipient of the PBA Tony Reyes Community Service Award.

Malott, the 2008-09 PBA Player of the Year, will be an odds-on favorite for election to the PBA Hall of Fame when he becomes participation-eligible in 2021.

Johnson, a two-time Team USA member and a former Collegiate All-American at McKendree University, is among a group of talented young stars who are emerging in PBA competition.

“When H5G was founded, one of our goals was to change the image of bowling by giving the sport a cool, contemporary and professional look,” Molbeck said. “We have accomplished our goal, but want to continue investing in the sport by retaining great ambassadors to represent our products as well as the great sport of bowling.”

The company, originally known as High 5 Gear, recently signed an exclusive partnership agreement with the PBA, and also has cultivated sponsorship programs with the Professional Women’s Bowling Association, the PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Championship, the new PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open, the Colorado Scratch Bowlers Tour, Pennsylvania Junior Bowlers Tour, and a number of other youth and charity events.

H5G also has initiated special incentive programs to provide custom-designed, high-quality apparel to collegiate and high school teams. For more information about H5G and its complete product line, visit www.high5gear.com, High 5 Gear on Facebook or @high5gear on Twitter.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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