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Kegler's Connection


   January 07, 2001

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  Grandstand News:
      1. Welcome Notes
      2. Tip of the Week
  PBA/PWBA News:
      3. Telecast Schedule and PBA News
      4. Pros Use Hiatus to Go Online
      5. Walter Ray Williams Signs with Hammer
      6. BWAA Names Duke, Macpherson Bowlers of Year
  ABC/WIBC/YABA News:
      7. ABC Senior Masters
      8. ABC Extends 2001 Championships Entry Deadline
      9. ABC/WIBC Joint Diversity Committee Seeks Volunteers
  Hollywood News:
      10. Malcolm in the Middle Goes Bowling
  Miscellaneous News:
      11. Stock Watch
      12. And Finally
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1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to another edition of Kegler's Connection. In this week's issue, you'll learn that the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle goes bowling, that several PBA and PWBA pros used the hiatus to go online with their own websites, and you'll learn from George Freeman all about the benefits of getting a ball that's properly fitted.

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2. Tip of the Week

This week George talks about proper ball drilling

One of the key points of the physical game of bowling is being able to repeat a shot, being able to throw the ball the same way, or relatively the same way, as often as you can. This will provide a consistent ball reaction, and help you read lane changes easier. But how do we go about doing it? Well, the first thing, of course, is practice. But there are other things to consider as well....

First, make sure your ball is fitted correctly for you. This is where a talented pro shop operator is the key. A good pro shop operator will be able to fit your ball custom to your hand, providing you minimal exertion on your part to hold onto the ball. If the holes in your ball are drilled too big for your fingers, you will have to provide added exertion to hold onto the ball in your swing. Added muscle usage will create tension, tension will create an inconsistent release, and that will cause errant shots. Holes that are too small will cause the thumb to "hang up," and will not allow for proper lift and turn on the bowling ball. Span, the distance the fingers are drilled from the thumb, is important as well. If the span is too short, you will not be able to get the proper lift, the motion of the fingers coming around the ball, because your fingers will be exiting the ball too quickly. A span that is too long will cause added tension on the ligaments in your wrist and arm, this has been known to cause injury for many players.

I cannot express enough the need to seek an IBPSIA certified pro shop operator when drilling your equipment. Kmart and Wal Mart are NOT the place to have equipment drilled, since they do not have certified ball drillers, and thus are more liable to mistakes. Also, when you find a ball driller that meets your needs, stick to him. You will find that your bowling balls will fit more consistently with the same person doing all of them.

Having well fitted bowling ball will increase your ability to make consistent deliveries. But remember, nothing is a substitute for good old fashioned practice.

Till next time,

George Freeman

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3. Telecast Schedule and PBA News

Sunday, January 14, 12:30 pm ET, live, National Bowling Stadium National/Senior Doubles
Sunday, January 21, 12:30 pm ET, live, Silicon Valley Open
Sunday, January 28, 2 pm ET, The Orleans Casino Open

The PBA telecasts will return to the 90-minute, five-man stepladder final familiar to most long-time fans. In the booth with EPSN analyst Jim Kelly will be a revolving cast of veteran professional bowlers providing color commentary including two weeks each with Marshall Holman, Randy Pederson, Brian Voss, and David Ozio.

For more information, visit:

http://www.pba.com/news/nw_FullStory.asp?ArticleID=331

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4. Pros Use Hiatus to Go Online

Fans might wonder what they're favorite pros have been up to during the long break between tour swings. While some of them might have simply been enjoying the holidays, other professional bowlers have apparently been working toward giving their fans online access to information.

Walter Ray Williams, Jr., enters cyber space for his bowling and horseshoe fans with the site:

http://www.walterray.com/

International bowler and 2000 ABC Masters winner Mika Koivuniemi has a site at:

http://www.saunalahti.fi/~promika/english/index.htm

Cheryl Daniels site offers information on her musical and bowling careers at:

http://freeway.net/~shebe/

Aleta Sill and Leanne Barrette's sites are still under construction, and Kegler's Connection will share the links as soon as the sites are up and running. In the meantime, check out BowlSearch.com for all the latest pro bowlers' web sites:

http://www.bowlsearch.com/Pro_Bowlers/

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5. Walter Ray Williams, Jr. Signs with Hammer

The number-one ranked PBA player in the world will have an entirely new look to his arsenal this winter as Walter Ray Williams, Jr., has signed onto the Hammer Staff for the 2001 season.

For more information, visit:

http://www.faball.com/NewsReleases.htm

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6. BWAA Names Duke, Macpherson Bowlers of Year

Norm Duke, the only male pro bowler to win three titles in 2000, has been named 2000 Male Bowler of the Year by the Bowling Writers Association of America, and Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, NV, has been named the 2000 Woman Bowler of the Year, Dan Glus BWAA President has announced.

Duke, who also won this award in 1994, is the 12th player to win the honor more than once since the first BWAA poll in 1942. The Clermont, Fla. Bowler won the prestigious PBA National Championship, the Brunswick Pro Source Classic and the MSN Open. This gave him 19 for his career and ranks him 13th on the all-time wins list.

Macpherson has won the award four times in the past five years. For 2000 she received 86 first-place votes and totaled 476 points in a poll of international bowling writers and broadcasters. She outdistanced Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of N. Richland Hills, Texas (211 points), Michelle Feldman of Skaneateles, N.Y. (162 points), Cara Honeychurch of Australia (149 points), Tennelle Grijalva of Orange, Calif., (27 points) Carol Gianotti-Block of Australia (11 points) and Kim Adler of Cocoa, Fla. (8 points).

To read more on the BWAA's choice of Norm Duke, please visit:

http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Stands/5958/pbaboy.htm

To read more about the BWAA's choice of Wendy Macpherson, please visit:

http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Stands/5958/PWBABOY.htm

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7. ABC Senior Masters Notes

The ABC Senior Masters is currently being contested in Reno, NV, at the National Bowling Stadium. Look for round-by-round and final results at:

http://www.bowl.com/bowl/abc/common/news/record.html?record=2674

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8. ABC Extends 2001 Championships Entry Deadline

Procrastinators of the world, unite. You have one more chance to bowl in Reno in 2001. ABC has announced extension of the entry deadline for the 2001 Championships Tournament in Reno, NV to March 1st. To find out available dates, visit:

http://www.abctournament.com/

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9. ABC/WIBC Joint Diversity Committee Seeks Volunteers

The ABC/WIBC Joint Diversity Committee is seeking volunteers to visit local and state/provincial associations and spread the message of creating diversity among members.

The committee was created to build awareness and sensitivity to the unique similarities and differences of people in order to diversify the membership and leadership of ABC and WIBC.

For more information, visit:

http://www.bowl.com/bowl/wibc/common/news/record.html?record=2668

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10. Malcolm in the Middle Goes Bowling

TV show, Ed, won't be the only show filmed in a bowling center this season. Malcolm in the Middle is taping an episode where Malcolm, his brother, and father go bowling. The Fox sitcom is being taped at AMF Rocket Lanes in Chatsworth, CA and Access Hollywood stopped in to do a feature on the episode. The storyline will feature Malcolm's first kiss. Look for the episode later this winter or spring. Malcolm in the Middle airs on Fox affiliates, Sunday evenings at 8:30 pm. Read more about the show at:

http://www.fox.com/malcolminthemiddle/


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11. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) .10 at 15:02 EST on 01/05/01
Brunswick (BC) 17.875 at 16:00 EST on 01/05/01

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12. And Finally

That brings us to the end of another edition. Thanks for reading Kegler's Connection, and have a great week.

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