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Kegler's Connection


   April 3, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Scrambler Chat Winners
     ~ Message Boards Sound Off
     ~ Tip of the Week
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PBA Seniors Say Gimme Shelter
  * ABC/WIBC/YABA News
     ~ WIBC Asks for Reduced Increase
     ~ World Team Challenge Winners include PBA Hall of Famer
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ BowlingFans.com Announces Contest
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Scrambler Chat Winners *****
Congratulations to our Scrambler Champs:
1st Place: KR822 - 319 points
2nd Place: Yorkilvr - 261 points
3rd Place: Abwlr - 210 points

Join SteveM and other bowling fans competing for bragging rights during our next scrambler chat, April 10 at AOL Keyword: GSBowling.


*****Message Boards Sound Off *****
Wondering what other bowlers are thinking about? Visit the AOL Bowling Message Boards to weigh in with your opinion or find out what others are talking about. We have boards on every subject from Youth Tournaments to The Pro Tours and many more. Speak out and discuss today's hot topics at the AOL Bowling Forum Message Boards today at AOL Keyword: GSBowling!


***** Tip of the Week *****
Here's another tip from our favorite University of Miami bowling coach and lawyer to be, Jeff P.:

This week's tip will be more simple, but it is something that is very often overlooked. Most bowlers have their favorite bowling towel. They either leave it on a chair, the scorer, or the ball return while they bowl. They just throw it down and pick it up, and the thing is a mess. It's dirty all over from shot after shot of wiping the oil off the ball.

But think about it for a second: with all that oil on the towel and the bowler picking it up with no regard for that oil, some of the stuff on the towel will undoubtedly end up on the bowler's hand. It might be very subtle, but it can affect the way the ball is delivered just enough to make the shot less than perfect. My suggestion is to keep the towel folded. Fold it on half, then half again, then one more time. Use one side ONLY for the ball and one side ONLY for your hand. This keeps any oil off of your hand. Pick up the ball with your nonbowling hand and wipe it off using the towel in your right hand, but make sure the towel is right side up so you don't accidentally pick it up on the oil side.

One positive side effect: the towel will last 16 times longer without having to be cleaned. Once your "oil side" is all black and so dirty that you don't want to use it anymore, simply refold the towel giving the ball a new clean spot. Just make sure that the side from your hand is ALWAYS a clean spot. You get eight divisions on one side of the towel, then you can use the other side for 8 more. Follow this suggestion and not only will you see a pinch greater accuracy in your releases, but you will also help build yourself a positive mental routine, which is so important in any athletic activity.


*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PBA Seniors Say Gimme Shelter *****
The top-eight qualifiers advanced to compete for the title, the first-place prize of a $100,000 Villages, Florida home, and a $20,000 check. The championship round will consist of a trio of three-man "shoot-out" matches with the lone survivor set to face the tournament leader in the title match. ESPN will televise the outdoor championship round Sunday, April 2, from 5:30-7 PM ET with a rebroadcast 1-2 PM on Thursday, April 6.

Appearing on the telecast will be:
1, Gene Stus, Allen Park, Mich., 17-7, %11795
2, Bob Glass, Lawrence, Kan., 15-9, %11691
3, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 14-10, %11672
4, Roger Workman, Kenova, W.Va., 15-9, %11581
5, Dave Davis, West Palm Beach, Fla., 17-7, %11349
6, John Hricsina, Franklin, Pa.(SS), 10-13-1, %11280
7, Matt Buxton, Columbia, Mo. (SS), 12-10-2, %11260
8, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, Ind., 10-14, %11194

If you can't wait to know who won, visit http://www.pbatour.com/


*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** WIBC Asks for Reduced Increase ******
The WIBC Funding Task Force will amend from the floor the proposed amendment to increase national dues at the WIBC Annual Meeting in Reno, Nev., in May. Task Force members will adjust the proposed increase from $5 to $2.

At the Annual Meeting, the original proposal as submitted will be introduced to the delegation by the Legislative Committee. At that time, a Task Force member will move to amend the proposal. The delegation will then discuss and vote on the amendment to the original proposal. If approved, the delegation will then consider raising WIBC national dues from $6 to $8 beginning with the 2000-2001 season.

For more information, please read http://www.bowl.com/bowl/wibc/common/news/record.html?record=1832


***** World Team Challenge Winners include PBA HoFer *****
Consecutive strikes by Willie Lattimore, Jack Kurent, and former Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Dave Ferraro in the eighth, ninth and tenth frames lifted Ferraro's Mid-City Lanes of Kingston, NY, to a come-from-behind victory in the American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge qualifier March 26 at Bradley Bowl in Windsor Locks, CT.

The strikes helped Ferraro's Mid-City Lanes beat Columbia 300 of Broad Brook, CT, 414-406 in the two-game baker system matchplay title match. Lattimore, Kurent, and Ferraro were joined by Joe Hutchinson and Ferraro's older brother, Steve, as they rallied from a 200-174 deficit after the first game.

The victory earned Ferraro's Mid-City Lanes members expense-paid trips to the BWTC Grand Championships this fall, $6,000 in cash, Brunswick jackets, Keepsake championship rings and a sponsor's award. Complete results can be found at http://www.bowl.com/bowl/abc/common/news/record.html?record=1828

There are still spots available for the Lake Worth, Florida World Team Challenge, April 7-8 at Don Carter's All Star Lanes. The field will consist of the first 60 teams entered. E-mail [email protected] at Bowling Headquarters if you have any questions.


*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 2 1/8 at 16:01 EST on 3/31/2000
Brunswick (BC) 18 15/16 at 16:00 EST on 3/31/2000


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*** And Finally ***
So goes another week in the world of bowling. There are many ways to keep up--chats, message boards, library, and of course, Kegler's Connection. Let your friendly neighborhood GSTDs do the work for you. Wonder how many GSTDs it takes to make the AOL Bowling Forum run? Find out who does what at Bowling Team at AOL Keyword: GSBowling. Have a great week!

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