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Kegler's Connection


   April 17, 2001

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 Kegler's Connection News:
       1. Welcome Notes
       2. Tip of the Week
 PBA/PWBA News:
       3.  PWBA Bowler's Club Members Wins $5,000 on April Fool's Day
       4. Telecast Schedule
 Corporate News:
       5.  AMF's CEO Says Bankruptcy Is Most Likely Option
 ABC/WIBC/YABA News:
       6. WIBC Tournament Rolls Out April 17
       7. 261 is The Newest Highest Season League Average
 BPAA News
       8. Web Site Debuts for Tequila Rose Tourney
 Miscellaneous News:
       9. Stock Watch
      10. And Finally
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1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to the latest edition of Kegler's Connection.  In this issue learn why AMF is leaning toward a bankruptcy filing, find out how a PWBA fan won $5,000, and read George's suggestions on how to handle pesky approaches.
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2. Tip of the Week

This week, George talks about pesky approaches.

Every bowling center's approaches are different.  Different factors affect how each approach affects the bowler--outside climate, air conditioning, and age just to name a few.  Some approaches will be tacky (sticky), and some will seem like ice.  How can you keep a consistent feel from approach to approach?  Here are some helpful tips.

Keep a wire brush in your bag.  This will come in particularly handy if you happen to be unfortunate enough to step into something you shouldn't have--gum, water, ketchup, etc.  Any foreign substance on the bottom of your shoe will severely effect your slide.  Use the brush to scrape the bottom of your shoe from heel to toe.  This will help take away some of the tackiness these substances will create.  Before you go out and throw your next shot, walk up to the beginning of the approach, and test your slide foot.  You'll be able to gauge how well it is working, and use the brush as appropriate.  I do not endorse using powder on the soles of the bowling shoe, this will create a residue on the approach, and other bowlers who were sliding normally will then be slipping, making their bowling much tougher.

If you can, keep more than one pair of bowling shoes with you.  In the old days, serious bowlers would carry three or four pairs of shoes with them, and use them depending on what the approaches were like.  These days, however, many shoes come with detachable soles and heels, and can be adjusted to match the approaches much easier.  However, I still feel that having a pair of shoes in reserve is a must if you are a serious tournament or league bowler, in case of emergencies. You can never be too prepared.

Probably the most important piece of equipment to your game is the bowling shoe.  Without a solid foundation, all the other factors aren't really factors anymore, so pay attention to your shoes.  Your game will thank you for it.

Till next week,
George Freeman

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3.  PWBA Bowler's Club Members Wins $5,000 on April Fool's Day

ROCKFORD, IL--PWBA's Bowler's Club member, Stephanie Steiner of San Leandro, CA, was not a victim of a belated April Fool's joke.  Instead she was a lucky winner of the Professional Women's Bowling Association's Bowlers Club drawing on April Fools Day winning $5,000.

"I was in a state of shock," exclaimed Steiner.  "I couldn't believe it when I received a call from John (Falzone) telling me I won.  He specifically told me he was not joking but it was still hard to believe."

Steiner has bowled and has been a supporter of women's bowling for over 30 years.  She is currently Executive Director of the Alameda County WBA.  

"I have been involved in the local associations since the 1960's starting in San Diego," added Steiner.  "I know a few of the lady professionals personally and they go out of their way for our local associations; I like to do the same in return by supporting the professional tour."  

Steiner has been a Bowlers Club member since it has started in 1999.  "I've been signing up all my friends now," said Steiner. "I'm proof that anyone can win.  I've won the $100 drawing once but never dreamed I would be one of the big winners."

The Professional Women's Bowling Association, which was founded in 1981 as the Ladies Professional Bowler's Tour, provides a highly professional tournament program for the most skilled women bowlers in the world.  The PWBA's key sponsors include the Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC) and more than a dozen other bowling industry sponsors. The PWBA has a web
site featuring schedules, news, and results at:

http://www.pwba.com/
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4. Telecast Schedule

It's a little bit early, but the PWBA has announced the first telecast of the 23 scheduled for this year to air on ESPN2.  

PWBA WIBC Queens, ESPN2, Monday, May 14, 9:00 pm ET and Thursday, May 17th, at 1:00 pm ET.
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5. AMF's CEO Says Bankruptcy Is Most Likely Option

In August 2000, AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc. ("AMF Worldwide") began discussions with its banks and holders of long-term debt about alternatives to significantly reduce its debt and interest expense, and stated that it intended to develop a new capital structure that would provide financial flexibility for growth.

     "After exploring a variety of alternatives, I now believe that a Chapter 11 filing is the most likely and efficient means to complete the debt restructuring of AMF Worldwide," said Roland Smith, AMF's President and Chief Executive Officer. "However, we are continuing constructive discussions with the banks and bondholders, and I believe we are making progress. Therefore, I have not made a recommendation to the Board of Directors on a Chapter 11 filing, and the Board has not yet taken any action in this regard."

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6. WIBC Tournament Rolls Out April 17

The WIBC Championship Tournament begins April 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  WIBC has created a website with message boards, tournament news, and bowling results.  Keep up to date by visiting:

http://www.wibctournament.com/
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7. 261 is The Newest Highest Season League Average

For the second year in a row, the all-time American Bowling Congress league average record has been shattered.  Jeff Carter of Springfield, IL averaged 261 for 69 games. In 23 weeks, Carter only had four sub-230 games.

Carter is the current all-time ABC approved 300 game leader with 63. Entering the 2000-2001 season, he held the record for most 300 games in a season with 16.

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8. Web Site Debuts for Tequila Rose Tourney

The Tequila Rose Tournament hosts the national finals this weekend at Texas Station in Las Vegas, NV.  Bowlers will be competing for $125,000 in prize funds including the $20,000 top prize.

http://www.tequilarosetournament.com/
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9. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) 0.09 on 04/17/01 at 13:32 EDT.
Brunswick (BC) 19.58 on 04/17/01 at 13:32 EDT.
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10. And Finally

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