P.A. Is Signed to Storm’s Roto Grip Brand

by Bob Johnson 0

Storm Products has announced the signing of 13-time PBA Tour and two-time major champion Patrick Allen to its Roto Grip brand.

Allen’s major victories came in the 2005 Denny's World Championship and the 2009 H&R Block Tournament of Champions.

Allen joined the PBA in 1999, and became a full-time member the following year. He won his first tour title in 2002 at the Greater Detroit Open.

His finest season as a pro came in 2004-05 when he earned PBA Player of the Year honors and led the tour in points. That season, he made match play in 19 of 21 events, made five TV finals appearances, won three titles (including his first major) and collected $350,740 in prize money — second-highest all-time in a single PBA season. He also made the top five in all four major tournaments, the only time that has been accomplished since the ABC/USBC Masters became an official PBA event in 1998.

“P.A. is an accomplished veteran who brings a hall of fame career to our Roto Grip brand,” Storm owner Bill Chrisman said. “He has been a free agent for nearly nine years, but has been throwing our equipment pretty much exclusively for the last five to six years, and he’s enjoying a resurgence in his game over the last six to eight months, including three PBA Regional titles along with making the TV finals for the PBA Oklahoma Open. We’re honored to have him, and see bigger things in his future with us.”

Known to his fans and fellow pro bowlers as “P.A.” or “Hoss,” Allen became the PBA's 36th career “millionaire” in 2007. His career PBA Tour earnings through the end of the 2014 season stood at $1.34 million, with total PBA earnings at more than $1.44 million. He has 22 PBA Regional titles, and was ranked 44th on the PBA’s 2008 list of the 50 greatest players of the PBA’s first 50 years. Through the 2014 season, he has recorded 37 perfect games in PBA events.

Allen is currently in Florida preparing for his first event as a Roto Grip staff member at the PBA Xtra Frame Pensacola South Open — which, ironically enough, is presented by Roto Grip. At the conclusion of the Pensacola event, he will travel to Lubbock, Texas, to compete in the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open. Each tournament offers a $10,000 first-place prize.


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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