Collegiate Star Tang Signs With Roto Grip

by Bob Johnson 0

Recently-crowned XBowling Men’s Intercollegiate Singles Champion and current San Jose State University standout Michael Tang has been signed to represent Storm Products’ Roto Grip brand.

Earlier this month, Tang defeated Notre Dame of Ohio’s Meeco Walker, 259-174, to claim the collegiate men’s title at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., as seen on CBS Sports Network.

Tang’s efforts on the lanes throughout the 2014-15 season did not go unrecognized by the collegiate bowling coaches around the country, as they honored him with the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Most Valuable Player award.

Along with his ISC title and MVP honor, the current Junior Team USA member earned multiple postseason awards, including NCBCA First Team All American, the International Bowling Media Association’s Collegiate Bowler of the Year, Collegiate Club Sports Bowler of the Year, and Collegiate Club Sports First Team All American.

In 2006, Tang became the youngest bowler at the time to shoot a perfect game. He was 10 years, three months and 16 days old.

“Michael is an extraordinary talent; his resumé speaks volumes,” Storm Public Relations Manager, Dave Kost, said. “But more importantly, he has the character that can be built into a career beyond competitive collegiate bowling, and we are beyond excited that he will be doing that with our Roto Grip brand. His future is extremely bright.”

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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