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Kegler's Connection


   February 22, 2002

Table of Contents
Kegler's Connection News
    1. Welcome Notes
    2. Tip of the Week
PBA/PWBA News
    3. Final Four PBA Tour Stops To Serve as Testing Ground For Sport Bowling
    4. PWBA Names Kulick Rookie of the Year
    5. PWBA Awards Johnson Robbie Award
    6. Lucky Fan to Win $25,000 by Predicting Battle at Little Creek Outcome
    7. Telecast Schedule
ABC/WIBC/YABA News
    8. 2002 ABC Tournament Opens in Billings
    9. Fantasy Doubles to Bowl during ABC
    10. ABC Proposed Amendments
Bowling USA News
    11. Senior FIQ Results
World Team Challenge News
    12. Indianapolis ABC World Team Challenge Results
Collegiate News
    13. Nebraska Women, Western Illinois Men Top BWAA Second Collegiate Poll
Miscellaneous News
    14. Stock Watch/Industry News
    15. Ebonite Acquires Hammer Name And Faball's Technology
    16. BowlingFans.com Webmaster's Desk
    17. And Finally
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1. Welcome Notes
Welcome to another edition of Kegler's Connection.  In this issue, you'll learn how bowling fans can win $25,000 by predicting the outcome of the Battle of Little Creek, you'll read about the first World Team Challenge winners of the 2002 season, and George talks about practicing.
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2. Tip of the Week
This week, George talks about practicing.

There is an old saying that goes, "You don't win anything for practice, and you don't win anything if you don't."  This is as true in bowling as any other sport, especially if you are a tournament bowler.  It can be tedious, boring, and just generally anti-fun, but practice is the key to improving on your game and achieving success.

When you walk into a bowling center with the intention of practicing, it's important to have some kind of game plan before you start.  Just throwing bowling balls down the lane one after another will be counterproductive in the long run.  You might want to work on just one thing, like your follow through.  Don't worry about where the ball is going, just make sure that your follow through is consistent and steady from shot to shot.  You might want to work on keeping your head steady or having a good knee bend.  Whatever you plan to work on, make sure you have a purpose to going out and practicing.

When Tiger Woods was learning his game, he would go out and practice with his father, and during the round his father would purposely do things right before he took his swing to try to distract him; this made Tiger mentally tough, and we all know where he is today.  Now, I'm not suggesting you go get your dad and have him drop bowling balls on the lane before you throw the ball, but one thing I like to do from time to time, when it's possible, is to be put on the lane next to a bunch of kids or a kid's birthday party.  This helps me to work on tuning out distractions while I'm on the lane.  This is just something I do, you might find something else as equally distracting while you bowl, my advice would be to bowl with that distraction and work on tuning it out. If you can do that, your mental toughness in tournament play when the time comes to deal with a distraction.

Practice is essential, but it is important to have a purpose in practicing. Hopefully these suggestions will help you develop a game plan.

Till next time,
George Freeman

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3. Final Four PBA Tour Stops To Serve as Testing Ground For Sport Bowling
The final four tour stops of the 2001-2002 Professional Bowlers Association season will serve as a research opportunity for the American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Sport Bowling program.

The tour stops are: PBA Empire State Open, Latham, N.Y. (Feb. 17); PBA Flagship Open, Erie, Pa. (Feb. 24); PBA World Championship, Toledo, Ohio (March 3); Battle at Little Creek, Virginia Beach, Va. (March 17).

The ABC/WIBC Specifications and Research team will allow lane oil patterns to exceed the Sport Bowling requirement of a 2:1 ratio and use
the information to study and evaluate the current state of Sport Bowling. The Sport Bowling program continually will be evaluated over the season to provide ABC and WIBC members with a fair, challenging and consistent shot.

"Sport Bowling is an evolving program," ABC Executive Director Roger Dalkin said. "Sport Bowling is continually being tested and evaluated to
assure a challenging environment that is fair to all bowlers."

The PBA Tour has been using approved Sport Bowling lane conditions on many of their national events this season and the Professional Women's Bowling Association has used the program all season. Sport Bowling awards will not be issued if an honor score is bowled on a condition
that does not comply with current Sport Bowling standards, but regular awards will apply.

"The cooperation of the PBA is an essential part of the program," Sport Bowling Program Manager Jeff Henry said. " The skills of the PBA players and the high revolution rates they generate have made them the best in the world. Their help will be essential in shaping the future of Sport Bowling for the benefit of all members."

ABC/WIBC Sport Bowling consists of leagues and tournaments on challenging lane conditions emphasizing accuracy and proper technique.
The idea behind Sport Bowling is to return credibility to the sport. Sport Bowling is fully endorsed and supported by the PWBA and the PBA.
For more information on Sport Bowling, visit
http://www.sportbowling.com/
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4. PWBA Names Kulick Rookie of the Year
For the first time in the history of the Professional Women's Bowling Association, Kelly Kulick, Union, New Jersey was a unanimous selection as the 2001 PWBA Rookie of the Year.

"I'm humbled by this wonderful honor," said Kulick.  "It is extremely gratifying to be noticed by so many of the top bowlers in the world."

For the full story visit:
http://www.bowlingfans.com/tour411/tour01182002.shtml
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5. PWBA Awards Johnson Robbie Award
The Professional Women's Bowling Association voted Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, New York as the 2001 recipient of the Robby Award. 

Given to the player that "best exemplifies the most positive image of women in professional bowling on and off the lanes, Johnson earned 32 percent of the player's vote en route to the honor.

For the full story visit:
http://www.bowlingfans.com/tour411/tour01182002.shtml#1
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6. Lucky Fan to Win $25,000 by Predicting Battle at Little Creek Outcome
One lucky bowling fan will win $25,000 at the Battle at Little Creek, and they'll never have to throw a ball.  By successfully predicting the outcome of the 31 matches, someone can lay claim to $25,000.  And unlike NCAA college basketball pools, entering is completely free.  For complete rules and entering information, visit:
http://www.battleatlittlecreek.com/
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7. Telecast Schedule
PBA Flagship Open, Live from Eastway Lanes in Erie, PA.  ESPN: Sunday, 02/24/2002 at 12:30-02:00 PM ET
PBA World Championship, Live from Southwyck Lanes in Toledo, Ohio.  ESPN: Sunday, 03/03/2002 at 12:30-02:00 PM ET
Battle at Little Creek, Live from Virginia Beach, VA.  ESPN: Sunday, 03/17/2002 at 12:30-02:00 PM ET

For up-to-date scheduling changes, visit
http://www.bowlingfans.com/tv/
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8. 2002 ABC Tournament Opens in Billings
The 2002 ABC Championships Tournament has opened in Billings, Montana.  For complete results, human interest stories, lane condition graphs, and an advisory on how to travel with bowling equipment, visit
http://www.abctournament.com/
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9. Fantasy Doubles to Bowl during ABC
Do you dream about bowling doubles with friends past and present at the ABC Championships Tournament?  Your dream may become a reality if you visit the new Fantasy Doubles with guaranteed prizes of $20,000 first, $10,000 second, and $5,000 third place.  For $10 per entry, bowlers can compete in unlimited entries. 
For more information, visit
http://www.bowlingmembership.com/fdt/main.asp
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10. ABC Proposed Amendments
ABC Convention time is just around the corner, so for those interested in what your delegates will be voting on, visit
http://www.bowl.com/bowl/abc/common/static.html?page=abc_02convention_legis_session
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11. Senior FIQ Results
The results are in from the recently contested FIQ International Senior Open held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV.  For a complete listing of results visit
http://www.bowl.com/bowl/usa/common/events/record.html?record=4869
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12. Indianapolis ABC World Team Challenge Results
Making its first American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge finals appearance, hometown Bowlers Sport Shoppe of Indianapolis won the second Team Challenge 2002 qualifier Feb. 17 at Woodland Bowl.

For the full story visit:
http://www.bowlingfans.com/news/news02192002.shtml
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13. Nebraska Women, Western Illinois Men Top BWAA Second Collegiate Poll

The Bowling Writers Association of America's Collegiate Committee has completed its second poll and the University of Nebraska women and the Western Illinois University men are atop the leader boards.

For the full story visit:
http://www.bowlingfans.com/news/news01112002.shtml#2
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14. Stock Watch / Industry News
AMF Bowling (OTC BB:AMBWQ.OB) 0.07 on 02/22/2002 at 15:42 EST
Brunswick (BC) 26.61 on 02/22/02 at 16:01 EST
Confirm all data with your broker or financial advisor before trading.

Court Confirms AMF Bowling Worldwide's Consensual Plan of Reorganization
http://www.bowlingfans.com/news/news02012002.shtml
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15. Ebonite Acquires Hammer Name And Faball's Technology

Ebonite International, Inc. continues to be the bowling industry's most proactive company with the acquisition of all rights to the Hammer brand name and its product technology from Faball Enterprises, announced William T. Scheid, president of Ebonite.

For the full story visit:
http://www.bowlingfans.com/news/news02092002.shtml
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16.  BowlingFans.com Webmaster's Desk

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17. And Finally
You probably noticed that we have scaled back from producing weekly issues of the Kegler's Connection.  This has been due to both the professional conflicts and busy personal lives of the volunteers who write and publish the newsletter. We hope to be able to get back on a weekly schedule soon but in the mean time we ask you for your understanding if we skip a couple weeks now and then. If you think you might have missed an issue you can always find the latest one (as well as all past issues) at:
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