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June 4, 2000
Table of Contents
* Grandstand News
~ New Chat Schedule Pending
~ Tip of the Week
* PBA/PWBA News
~ PWBA Omaha Open
~ PWBA Tentative Telecast Schedule
~ Wendy Macpherson BWAA Bowler of the Month
~ PBA Tour School No More
~ Soper Wins in Seattle
~ Randy Pederson, to be Fox Sport Nets Telecast Announcers
* ABC/WIBC/YABA News
~ Membership Benefits--Gateway Discount
~ Draw Poker on ABC Site
~ WIBC Ribbon Pins for Sale to Fight Breast Cancer
~ YABA's Top Stars
* Miscellaneous News
~ Stock Watch
* And Finally
*** Grandstand News ***
***** New Chat Schedule Pending *****
With Summer comes new leagues, and new chat schedules. Get ready to see your favorite GSTDs mix it up a little later this month.
***** Tip of the Week *****
George is recuperating after his trip to Albuquerque for the ABC Championship Tournament, so the resident cheapskate Diva suggests this:
Getting more out of your practice dollars
Have you gotten sticker shock the last time you went to bowl a few lines of open play? When open bowling can cost $4 or more a game, getting to or staying at the top of your game can get expensive, so here are some suggestions:
Throw your spare shot first. By picking a corner and throwing that first and going for the pocket you're getting twice as much practice. Even the most dreaded corner pins will seem easy after you practice 30 of them in a row. An added bonus is that shooting 100 or below will finally break the habit of looking at your scores during practice.
Call around. Some centers have 99-cent summer specials. Some advertise or distribute coupons. Others offer prepaid plans. Some centers allow summer league bowlers all the open bowling they can handle. Take advantage of these offers.
Look to centers that feature early morning (usually Sunday) specials. The early bird might catch the worm, but you can bowl, and come home, and crawl back into bed knowing you did something right for your game.
*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** Omaha Open *****
Michelle Feldman lead the field by an amazing 325 pins this week. She'll need one more game for the title, the trophy, and the $11,000 check. Watch her and the following PWBA pros on ESPN2 at 9 PM ET, Monday, June 5 or 3 PM ET, Thursday, June 8. Congrats also go out to Lynda Barnes on her first-ever 800 series this week.
1 Michelle Feldman
2 Cheryl Daniels
3 Leanne Barrette
4 Anne Marie Duggan
5 Lynda Barnes
*****PWBA Tentative Telecast Schedule *****
The PWBA has announced its tentative telecast schedule for the rest of the year. http://www.pwba.com/results/schedule/scheduletent.htm
***** Wendy Macpherson BWAA Bowler of the Month *****
Wendy Macpherson received May's Bowler of the Month honor by the Bowling Writers Association of America. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard came in second in the balloting.
The BWAA website is located at http://www.bowlingwriters.com
***** PBA Tour School No More *****
If school was never your thing, now might be the time to join the PBA. The PBA has canceled the PBA School scheduled for September 15-17, and released a statement saying that aspiring PBA players no longer must fulfill the requirement of attending a PBA school before bowling a National or Senior event. If and when a new school is created, only members joining after the creation of a new school would be required to attend.
The entire story can be read at http://www.pbatour.com/selnews.asp?ID=489
***** Soper Wins Seattle Open*****
Butch Soper added another victory to his career Thursday evening, this time as a member of the PBA Senior Tour, at the Seattle Senior Open defeating Norb Wetzel for the $8,000 first prize. Wetzel finished second for $4,500. Other finishers included Bob Glass, who finished third for $3,500, Roger workman, fourth, $2,800, and Guppy Troup, fifth, $2,200. The Senior Tour travels south this week to Beaverton, Oregon for the Northwest Senior Classic.
Details of this week's event can be found at http://www.pbatour.com/selnews.asp?ID=487
***** Randy Pederson, Ron Thulin to be Fox Sport Nets Telecast Announcers *****
The PBA Tour has announced the commentators for the Fox Sports Net PBA telecasts as 12-time PBA champion, Randy Pederson and Fox Sports Net commentator, Ron Thulin. The telecasts begin in June with the ABC Masters and conclude in July with the US Open. In between, events in Wichita and a Senior event from Las Vegas will be aired.
Fox Sports Net reaches 70 million homes through its regional network.
For the entire story, please visit http://www.pbatour.com/selnews.asp?ID=483
*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** Membership Benefits--Gateway Discount *****
Whoever said membership has its privileges wasn't kidding. ABC, WIBC, and YABA members can use their membership as a means to receive an additional 4-5% savings off the price of Gateway computer equipment by purchasing online, by purchasing from a Gateway Country Store, or by calling a toll-free number.
So if you're ready for a new 'puter, get the details first at http://www.bowl.com/bowl/BowlDotCom/common/static.html?page=gateway_program
***** ABC Site Features Draw Poker *****
Now when you're looking to see how your favorite bowler did in Albuquerque or you're looking for information for future tournaments, linger awhile on the http://www.abcbowling.com site and get warmed up for the gaming tables in Reno in 2001. The home page now features a Draw Poker game.
The ABC Tournament website can be found at http://www.abcbowling.com
***** WIBC Ribbon Pins for Sale to Fight Breast Cancer *****
WIBC is showing its support for the fight against breast cancer by creating two pink ribbon pins. One features the WIBC logo, while another shows a ball and a pin. Individuals may purchase the $5 pins, and associations can find out how to purchase enough to sell at their local events by visiting http://www.bowl.com/bowl/wibc/common/news/record.html?record=2055
***** YABA's Top Stars *****
YABA once again salutes their top athletes with a page dedicated to honor scores at http://www.bowl.com/bowl/yaba/common/static.html?page=yaba_topstars_index
*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 1 at 16:01 EDT on 06/02/2000
Brunswick (BC) 19 5/16 at 16:01 EDT on 06/02/2000
*** And Finally ***
Summer is going to be a busy time with the PWBA, the PBA, the US Open, the Masters, and the Senior Tours all bowling. You might take the summer off, but the bowling world is still going strong. Don't miss a thing; stay connected with Kegler's Connection for updates on telecasts, the pro tours, and news from the other acronyms (ABC, WIBC, YABA) of bowling.
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