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June 12, 2000
Table of Contents
* Grandstand News
~ New Chat Schedule
~ Tip of the Week
* PBA/PWBA News
~ PWBA St. Clair Classic
~ PBA Seniors' Sanford Wins in Beaverton
~ Forkel Hopes for Fall Tour Return
~ Zurich Tops Regional Winners
* ABC/WIBC/YABA News
~ ABC Tournament Low to Cash
~ WIBC Tournament Prize Fund and Top Finishers to Date
~ BPAA to Allow All YABA Juniors to Attend US Open Free
* World Team Challenge/Team USA News
~ NY World Team Challenge Qualifier Winner
~ World Team Finals to be held in Baton Rouge
~ Youth FIQ
~ Team USA 2000 State Qualifiers Announced
* Miscellaneous News
~ Stock Watch
* And Finally
*** Grandstand News ***
***** New Chat Schedule Pending *****
Debuting Monday, the new Chat Schedule begins with HOST GSTD Diva and League Lounge at 11 pm ET. All your favorite hosts have mixed it up, so their times might be different, but their styles will be the same. Join them by visiting Keyword: GS Bowling.
***** Tip of the Week *****
George Freeman is back from Albuquerque, and has this to say about style of play.
There are about as many styles of play as there are bowlers, we all know that. You have spinners, tweeners, crankers, full rollers, and just about every other type in between. Is there a perfect style? No way. People are too individual for there to be one perfect style of play, and that is one of the things that makes our sport special. Certain types of styles adhere very well to certain types of lane conditions, but the key is to try to be
workable on as many lane conditions as you can. This way, if you find something that isn't your "bread and butter" shot, you won't be left out in the cold. But how do you do this?
First, when you go to practice, don't play in the track area. Play somewhere you don't usually play, even if that is not where the best shot is. The idea of practice is not to try to score as high as you can, but to work on different things to incorporate into your game. All too often I see bowlers come in to practice, only to watch them doing the same things they do in league...folks, practice is for practice, not for shooting a 300 game. Hopefully the 300 game will come FROM practice, not DURING practice.
Just remember, practice is invaluable, it is a place where you can make mistakes and not have them cost you. So go practice, and practice smart. :)
*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PWBA St. Clair Classic *****
Be sure to catch the PWBA Tour from St. Clair, Illinois, televised Monday, June 12, on ESPN2 at 10:30 pm ET and repeated Thursday, June 15 on ESPN2 at 1 pm ET.
Appearing on the telecast will be
1 Wendy Macpherson
2 Cara Honeychurch
3 Dede Davidson
4 Kim Adler
5 Carol Gianotti-Block
***** PBA Seniors' Sanford Wins in Beaverton *****
Al Sanford won his second career title on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour by capturing the Northwest Senior Classic at Valley Lanes on June 8.
Sanford, Jackson, Ohio, who entered as the tournament leader, nipped Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 226-224 in the title match winning his second title in as many years and collecting a $9,000 first-place check.
POS. NAME, CITY/STATE TOTAL AMOUNT
1. Al Sanford, Jackson, OH 226 (1 game) $9,000
2. Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, WI 503 (2 games 4,600
3. John Bennett, Auburn Hills, MI 490 (2 games) 3,400
4. Bob Glass, Lawrence, Kan. 467 (2 games) 2,600
5. Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla. 219 (1 game) 2,300
The Senior Tour will take a week off before heading to The Orleans Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas for the Brunswick Senior Slam at The Orleans. This marks the 14th consecutive year the PBA Senior Tour will compete in Las Vegas, but the first time at The Orleans. The event will be contested Saturday through Friday, June 17-23. FOX Sports Net will televise the finals on Saturday, June 24. Check for local listings in your area.
***** Forkel Hopes for Fall Tour Return *****
Eric Forkel, who was injured in April after falling through the roof of his house, continues to recover at his home in Northridge, Calif. Forkel is currently undergoing physical therapy for his back and, although he will not be able to compete in any of the four National Tour events this summer, he is targeting the Fall Tour for his return to competition. If all goes well, the five-time champion and former PBA National Championship winner is hoping to be back practicing by September in preparation for the start of the fall events in early October.
***** Zurich Tops Regional Winners *****
Sam Zurich continues to top the list for career PBA regional wins. Zurich, who competes in the Southern Region, has posted 34 regional victories and is one of only two players with at least 30 regional titles.
The rest of the top 10 is as follows: Pete Weber (30), Dale Traber (26), Henry Gonzalez, Ross Packard and Guppy Troup (25), Roger Bowker (24), Hugh Miller (23), Brad Snell and the late Jim Maxey (21).
*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** ABC Tournament Low to Cash *****
Current estimated low to cash scores for the 2000 ABC Tournament is as follows:
Regular Division Classified Division
Team 2,822 2,619
Doubles 1,153 1,048
Singles 594 536
All Events 1,805 1,610
Low to cash scores for 1999 were:
Team 2,769 2,576
Doubles 1,138 1,032
Singles 584 530
All Events 1,778 1,592
***** WIBC Tournament Prize Fund and Top Finishers to Date *****
Because of the different divisions and substitutions, WIBC doesn't project a low to cash. But bowlers who are interested can get an inkling of their outcome with a little research. The payouts in each division are accessible at http://www.bowl.com/bowl/wibc/common/static.html?page=wibc00_tournament_prizefund
and each divisions top 120 or so finishers to date are listed at http://www.bowl.com/bowl/wibc/common/static.html?page=wibc_tournament_index
***** BPAA to Allow All YABA Juniors to Attend US Open Free *****
The BPAA has extended the offer for YABA bowlers to attend the arena finals of the US Open for free. Current members simply show their card for
More information on Bowling's US Open presented by AMF is available by visiting BPAA's official web site at http://www.bpaa.com.
*** World Team Challenge/Team USA News ***
***** World Team Challenge Qualifier Winner *****
Defending ABC Masters champion Brian Boghosian helped his Columbia Total Chaos team of Middletown, Conn., win the ABC/Brunswick World Team Challenge qualifier June 4 at Rab's Country Lanes in Staten Island, NY.
Columbia Total Chaos edged Striking Distance of Basking Ridge, NJ, 368-365, in the two-game Baker System match play championship. The triumph means Boghosian, Patrick Allen, Alex Aguiar, Chris Rebstock and Norm Ginsberg Jr. will compete in the ABC/BWTC Grand Championships Sept. 23-27 at All-Star Lanes in suburban New Orleans (see related story next).
The next BWTC qualifier is scheduled June 24-25 in Addison, Ill. For entry information, contact Tom Boedecker at 414/423-3415.
For the complete story, visit http://www.bowl.com/bowl/abc/common/news/record.html?record=2113
***** World Team Finals to be held in Baton Rouge *****
The 2000 Brunswick/American Bowling Congress World Team Challenge Grand Championships will be held Sept. 23-27 at AMF All-Star Lanes in Kenner, La., a suburb of New Orleans. The Grand Championships return to All-Star Lanes for the second time in BWTC Grand Championships history, as the 1996 event was also held in suburban New Orleans.
The BWTC Grand Championships is the finale of the 1999-2000 World Team Challenge season which features the winners of the 16 qualifying events throughout the season, as well as several international squads, vying for bowling's premier team tournament title. The BWTC is produced by ABC and presented by Contour Power Grips and features the unique and increasingly popular Baker Scoring System that requires each player to roll two frames in one game, combining for one score.
The entire press release can be found at http://www.bowl.com/bowl/abc/common/news/record.html?record=2122
***** Youth FIQ *****
Congratulations to the Junior Team USA members who competed in the 7th FIQ American Zone Youth Championships in Cancun, Mexico. The athletes under 22 years of age competed in team, doubles, and singles events.
Unofficial results are found at http://www.bowl.com/bowl/yaba/common/events/results.html?record=2114
***** Team USA 2000 State Qualifiers Announced *****
Thanks to Kassy Hyman for the following information. Team USA State qualifiers will be held during the months from July through September. Bowlers advance from the state qualifiers to compete at the national championships for a chance at a berth on Team USA. The 2000 National Championship finals will be held in Reno, NV at the National Bowling Stadium later this year.
For a list of the 50 state qualifiers, visit http://www.bowl.com/bowl/usa/common/news/record.html?record=2107
*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 7/8 at 15:57 EDT on 06/12/2000
Brunswick (BC) 18 13/16 at 16:01 EDT on 06/12/2000
*** And Finally ***
June begins tournament season for the folks at Kegler's Connection. Look for updates from the Lilac, the Hoinke, and the High Roller as well as comprehensive news from the acronyms of bowling (PBA, PWBA, ABC, WIBC) in Kegler's Connection this summer.
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