Ebonite signs Kulick

by Bob Johnson 0

In the wake of her history-making victory in the PBA Tournament of Champions, Kelly Kulick has rejoined the Ebonite staff.
It's a development that makes perfect sense considering Kulick used a new Ebonite ball — The Mission — throughout the tournament.
“Two balls actually — one about 80 percent of the time and the other, with a slightly different drill, about 20 percent," Kulick explains in the Cover Story of the March issue of Bowlers Journal International.
"Because of what (coach) Rick (Benoit) taught me, I didn’t have to worry about constantly going to my bag. I could make the ball do what I wanted it to.”
Benoit is one of several people Kulick points to in the story as major influences in her career. But one constant has been her relationship with Ebonite — even when she wasn't a member of the company's staff. Of her six pro titles, five were won with Ebonite equipment.
"I am thrilled to represent Ebonite again," she said. "It was an honor and a privilege to be part of the greatest female staff ever put together. Over the years, I have continued to use their equipment and have success. They were vital in my success during the World Series of Bowling, and I have developed a solid relationship with the brand managers and the fellow pro staffers."
Terms of the agreement that brought Kulick back to the Ebonite staff were not disclosed.

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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