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Kegler's Connection

   February 05, 2001

  Grandstand News:
      1. Welcome Notes
      2. Tip of the Week
  PBA/PWBA News:
      3. PBA National Championship Results
      4. Telecast Schedule
      5. Honeychurch Voted Rookie of the Year
      6. Aulby voted January's Best Bowler
      7. Single Membership Organization Task Force
  Miscellaneous News:
      8. Stock Watch
      9. USA Today Features New Bowling Column
      10. And Finally

1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to another edition of Kegler's Connection. In this week's issue, you'll find out who won PWBA Rookie of the Year, you'll read about USA Today's new bowling column, and George talks about setting goals.

2. Tip of the Week

This week George talks about setting goals.

Now that most leagues are at the midway point in their fall seasons, many bowlers take this time to reevaluate where they are in terms of performance. If your goal is to improve, it is important to set goals for yourself, both long and short term. Your goals will vary based on experience and ability, but here are some guidelines for setting goals for yourself.

1. Set goals that are reasonable. If you are a first-year bowler, don't try to set a goal for yourself in averaging 210 by the end of the year. Set short-term goals that are within your reach. A good goal for a beginner bowler (and actually higher level players for that matter), is to go a three-game set without missing any single pin spares. Another goal for yourself if you are an intermediate bowler (150-170), is to go a three-game set without missing any spares. As you progress, you can set goals that are harder and harder to reach. This way you can gauge where you are in the game by knowing what goals you can attain.

2. Don't get down on yourself. Let's face it, sometimes we don't achieve our goals. We're human, and you have to allow for that fact. If you don't attain your goal in the amount of time you set for yourself, then keep trying. There is an old saying that the race doesn't always go to the fastest, but to the one that keeps on running. Yes, this sport can be frustrating, but in the end, it's worth the effort we put into it.

That will give you a start. Just remember, set goals that can be reasonably achieved, and don't get down on yourself when it doesn't happen. And most of all, have fun.

Till next time,
George Freeman

3. PBA National Championship Results

1. Walter Ray Williams, Jr., $25,000, his 33rd career title
2. Jeff Lizzi, $13,000
3. Tommy Delutz, Jr., $7,000
4. Dave Arnold, $5,000
5. Chris Hayden, $4,000

For a complete recap of the telecast, visit

To find out the balls and drillings of what the pros were using on the telecast, visit:

4. Telecast Schedule

Sunday, February 11, 12:30 pm ET, ESPN, Parker Bohn III Empire State Open
Sunday, February 18, 12:30 pm ET, ESPN, The Tarheel Open

For more bowling telecasts visit:

5. Honeychurch Voted Rookie of the Year

Cara Honeychurch of Melbourne, Australia, has overwhelmingly been voted 2000 Rookie of the Year of the Professional Women's Bowling Association. Honeychurch received 98% of the votes by the PWBA players. The cool & calm left-hander once noted as the dynamo from Down Under, dominated the 2000 season.

"My goal at the beginning of the year was to be in the running for Rookie of the Year," said Honeychurch. "But to actually be selected is wonderful. It's very flattering to be voted by such a majority vote by my peers."

For more information, visit

6. Aulby voted January's Best Bowler

February 1, 2001 -- Mike Aulby was voted Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Month for January by a select panel of the organization, BWAA President Dan Glus announced today.

Aulby, the 40-year-old left-hander from Indianapolis who is a Hall of Fame member of both the American Bowling Congress and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), earned his 27th career PBA title with a 257-211 conquest of fellow left-hander Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., in the deciding contest of the Silicon Valley Open in Daly City, Calif. Aulby, who had seventh- and 21st-place finishes in other PBA competition last month, took sole possession of fourth place on the all-time victory list and became the third player in league history to surpass $2 million in career earnings.

Ryan Shafer of Elmira, N.Y., who captured his third PBA championship at The Orleans Casino Open in Las Vegas, was runner-up in the balloting.

Visit BWAA's web site at

7. Single Membership Organization Task Force

The executive committees/councils and executive directors of American Bowling Congress (ABC), Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC) and Young American Bowling Alliance (YABA) met with the Single Membership Organization Task Force (SMOTF) January 28 and agreed to present resolutions to the respective member organization boards to encourage the pursuit of the single membership organization concept.

They also agreed to include a report of the single membership organization to delegates at the ABC and WIBC conventions this spring.

Read more about the proposal at:

8. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) .13 at 15:57 EST on 01/30/01
Brunswick (BC) 19.11 at 16:01 EST on 01/30/01

9. USA Today Features New Bowling Column

USA Today has hired Tom Clark to write a bowling column. Recent offerings include discussions of the various aspects of the PBA Tour.

Read Tom Clark's The World of Tenpins at

10. And Finally

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