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Kegler's Connection

   January 16, 2002

Table of Contents
Kegler's Connection News
    1. Welcome Notes
    2. Tip of the Week
    3. Mika Koivuniemi Voted BWAA Bowler of the Month
    4. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard Earns 2001 PWBA Player of the Year
    5. Telecast Schedule
    6. 2002 ABC Tournament Is Largest Outside Reno
    7. 2002 WIBC Championship Tournament Entry Closing Date Extended
    8. YABA's Triple Crown Events Move to Central Florida for 2002
Bowling USA News
    9. USA Bowling to Donate Used Equipment to American Zone Countries
World Team Challenge News
    10. ABC/Brunswick World Team Challenge to Celebrate Its 10th Season in 2002
Megabuck News
    11. Megabuck Links
Miscellaneous News
    12. Webmaster's Desk
    13. Cool Topics
    14. Stock Watch
    15. And Finally
1. Welcome Notes
After 3 years, without any break, the volunteer writers of the Kegler's Connection had to take a short hiatus. We're back now--just in time to bring you news on the second leg of the PBA schedule and other news from around our sport. In this issue, you'll read about....and George will talk about taking your time on spares.
2. Tip of the Week
This week, George talks about taking your time on spares.

First of all, I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. :)

Spares are the foundation of this sport.  The old saying goes, "Strike for show, spare for dough."  In today's high-powered era, however, spares are sometimes not given the attention they require.  It's great to have eight or nine strikes in a game, but when the other frames are missed spares, that 250 game becomes 200-210 in a hurry.  Here are some things to think about concerning spares.

First of all, take your time.  Yes, it's frustrating leaving a corner pin on a good shot, or making a bad shot and having to shoot the spare, but just going up and throwing the spare shot without lining up is a good way to throw away pins.  Take a deep breath, think about where you want to line up for the spare, and take your shot.  That extra couple seconds between strike and spare shots can make the difference between making your spare and missing it.

Next, when leaving single pin spares, it's best to not hook the ball into the pin.  The more boards you cover, the more of a chance the ball has to reacting erratically (especially with today's equipment).  It is advisable to learn how to throw a straight ball at spares.  Next time you're practicing and leave a spare to shoot at, try breaking the wrist back and relaxing your wrist at the point of release.  This will create a minimum of rotation, allowing the ball to go straighter down the lane.  Many players also invest in plastic bowling balls, since plastic balls generally go a lot straighter than reactive bowling balls.

Spares are the key to success in the long term.  Make the most of your spare game, you'll be glad you did.

Till next time,
George Freeman

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3. Mika Koivuniemi Voted BWAA Bowler of the Month

January 3, 2002 -- Mika Koivuniemi was selected Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Month for December by a select panel of the organization, BWAA President Fran Deken announced today.

Read the full story at:
4. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard Earns 2001 PWBA Player of the Year

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard was selected by her peers as the 2001 Professional Women's Bowling Association's Player of the Year.  A runner-up for the honor for the past four years, Dorin-Ballard garnered 100 percent of the PWBA player ballot.

Read the full story at:
5. Telecast Schedule
ABC Masters, Live from National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, ESPN: Sunday, 01/20/2001 at 12:30-02:00 PM ET
PBA Orleans Casino Open, Taped at Orleans Casino, Hotel & Bowling Center in Las Vegas, NV, ESPN: Sunday, 01/27/2001 at 2:00-03:30 PM ET
PBA Dallas Open, Live from Don Carter Lanes in West Dallas, TX, ESPN: Sunday, 02/03/2001 at 3:00-04:30 PM ET

For a complete listing, visit:
6. 2002 ABC Tournament Is Largest Outside Reno
With a final entry of 10,806 teams, the 2002 American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament in Billings, Mont., will be the largest ABC conducted outside of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

As the fourth largest overall, ABC has confirmed bowlers from all 50 states and six other countries will compete in the 99th Tournament Feb. 9-June 23 at the MetraPark Expo Center.

Read the full story at:
7. 2002 WIBC Championship Tournament Entry Closing Date Extended

The Women's International Bowling Congress announced today that the 2002 WIBC Championship Tournament entry closing date has been extended to Feb. 15.

WIBC decided to extend the entry closing date to allow bowlers more time to gather teams and to send in reservation forms for the tournament in Milwaukee.  The deadline has been extended from Jan. 25.

The 83rd WIBC Championship Tournament takes place April 13 - June 10, 2002 (unless extended). More than 42,000 women bowlers are expected to take part in the tournament, which is the largest sporting event in the world for women.

For tournament information or to make a reservation, visit:
8. YABA's Triple Crown Events Move to Central Florida for 2002

The Young American Bowling Alliance's two annual tournaments will be held in the same location for the third straight year as they move to the Florida cities Lakeland and Winter Haven for 2002, while the 2002 YABA International Workshop will be held in Orlando.

The best youth bowlers in North America will compete in the fifth annual USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships July 6-12 at three locations in Lakeland and Winter Haven. The Coca-Cola® Youth Bowling Championships presented by Storm Products Inc., the premier international tournament for youth bowlers, will take place July 15-17 in Winter Haven. The International Workshop will be held in nearby Orlando following the conclusion of both tournaments, July 19-21.

Read the full story at:
9. USA Bowling to Donate Used Equipment to American Zone Countries

Spearheaded by outgoing President Kevin Dornberger, USA Bowling has started a program aimed at helping the sport in South and Central American countries.

USA Bowling is soliciting help from all United States bowlers to provide used bowling equipment (balls, bags and shoes) in decent condition to countries which may not have the resources to help themselves. Dornberger made the announcement and details of the program public recently in Reno, Nev., during the USA Bowling National Amateur Championships Welcome Dinner hosted by USA Bowling for all participants, guests and sponsors.

Read the full story at:
10. ABC/Brunswick World Team Challenge to Celebrate Its 10th Season in 2002

Bowling's premier team tournament series, the American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge, begins its 10th season in February with the first of 14 U.S. qualifying events leading to the Grand Championship.

Since its inception in 1992, the Team Challenge has provided ABC members with an innovative, fun and competitive team bowling experience and the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in prize money through prize funds and bracket play.

All Team Challenge events feature regular format team and the highly competitive Baker format where each of the five players rolls two frames in one game.

After a 2000 participant survey, a series of format and rules changes were made for 2001 enabling more teams to cash and advance to title contention than would have previously been the case.

As a result of the changes, more than 75 percent of the bowlers winning a 2001 Team Challenge qualifier experienced their first Grand Championship. In previous years, less than half of the competitors advanced to the championships.

During the 2001 season, more than 640 teams entered the 15 regional qualifiers hoping to qualify for the Grand Championship. Along the way, bowlers competed for more than $900,000 through prize funds and brackets.

Based on the popularity of events conducted in Florida and the Northeast, two qualifiers will be conducted at Seminole Lanes in Seminole, Fla. (Feb. 9-10 and Sept. 14-15) and Bradley Bowl in Windsor Locks, Conn. (March 23-24 and June 22-23).

2002 ABC/Brunswick World Team Challenge schedule
Feb. 9-10            Seminole Lanes, Seminole, Fla.
Feb. 16-17            Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis
March 9-10        Fiesta Bowl, Richland, Wash.
March 23-24        Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks, Conn.
April 6-7            Sunset Bowl, Phoenix
April 20-21        Country Club Lanes, Baltimore
April 27-28        Landmark Recreation, Peoria. Ill.
May 18-19            Brunswick Gwinnett Lanes, Lawrenceville, Ga.
June 8-9            Super Bowl, Appleton, Wis.
June 22-23        Bradley Bowl, Windsor Locks, Conn.
Sept. 7-8            Holiday Lanes, Lakewood, Colo.
Sept. 14-15        Seminole Lanes, Seminole, Fla.
Sept. 28-29        Bowling World, Fort Smith, Ark.
Oct. 19-20            ABC West Lanes, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
11. Megabuck Links

With the end of January fast approaching, here are links for the megabuck tournaments occurring this month in Las Vegas so you can find round-by-round results.

High Roller and Las Vegas Red Hot
Castaways Hotel and Casino

The Mini-Eliminator
Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
12. Webmaster's Desk

There are several new features and changes coming to over the following weeks:
Look for a a new Downloads section which includes bowling clip art, web graphics, wav files, bowling programs, and even an original song about bowling in MP3 format.
The MBC On-Line Bowling Search Engine is being brought under the umbrella and will be rebranded, "". It will replace's Bowling Links section.
We are working on a complete rewrite and update to the FAQ. The new FAQ will be searchable and known as

This past weekend we upgraded and it is now running the latest stable beta version of Ultimate Bulletin Board. This new version includes:
A complete rewrite of Who's Online. This feature has been renamed Recent Visitors. It allows you to see where other users are on this board during the last 60 minutes and it also includes lots of interesting statistics.
Post preview function.
Printer-friendly topic view.
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13. Cool Topics

The is the ultimate resource for bowling fans thanks to its 1,900+ members!

Here is what's hot or makes for interesting discussion this week:

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Share your stories about your high games that weren't perfect.;f=3;t=000012
14. Stock Watch
AMF (AMBW) .055 on 01/16/02 at 11:25 EST
Brunswick (BC) 23.01 on 01/16/02 at 16:01 EST

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15. And Finally
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