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Kegler's Connection


   August 6, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Welcome Notes
     ~ Tip of the Week
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PWBA Telecast Thursday
     ~ Wendy Macpherson Site Debuts
     ~ Duke Named BWAA Bowler of the Month
     ~ PBA Spare Shots
     ~ PWBA Regional Players Championship Results
  * ABC/WIBC/YABA News
     ~ 2000-2001 Playing Rules Available Online; New Search Feature Debuts
     ~ Festival of Bowling
     ~ Youth Masters Cuts to Top Four
  * Team USA
     ~ Members Participate in Tournament of the Americas
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
  * And Finally


*** Grandstand News ***
***** Welcome Notes *****
Welcome to the latest edition of Kegler's Connection. We're the coolest way to get the latest news from the bowling world. Why venture outside in the heat and thunderstorms when we bring the news right to your email box at home or work? Let us find the news for you, and now settle back and enjoy.


***** Tip of the Week *****
While he patiently waits for someone to grade his bar exam, our resident lawyer-to-be is in Miami watching the Tournament of the Americas (for info read the Team USA section later in this newsletter). Here's Jeff P's tip of the week:

Do you struggle when the lanes are freshly oiled, but the backends are also freshly stripped and hooking very much? Especially on synthetic lanes, you can get a very inconsistent reaction. It will go from long skid to instant hook in what seems like a split second. If this is a problem for you, there are a couple of things you can do to make the lanes a bit more manageable.

First, no matter how tempting it may seem, do NOT try to overpower the backend of the lane. Some people will get into a hook contest with the dry backends. They'll move left (right for left-handed bowlers) and try to cover more boards, putting more revs on the ball in the process. The problem with this strategy is the backends sometimes hook too early to get the ball out far enough to keep it on your side of the headpin. Then when you do get it out far enough, it hooks back so sharply that the ball reaction becomes unpredictable from one shot to the next. And that's not ever taking into account the carrydown factor, which you'll notice when your ball starts missing the headpin completely.

A strategy I like to use, and that seemed to work for some of the Team USA bowlers in the practice session was to use bowling balls that roll up more, come up the back of the ball with more forward roll, or use layouts that promote roll-out. This way, you can let the backends do the work of hooking the ball for you, while you just worry about getting the ball through the first 40 feet the same way. Depending on how much oil is applied and how far it goes, don't be hesitant to sand down or shine up your ball as necessary. Surface tweaks can also prove to be effective weapons on this often tricky condition. Whatever your approach, remembering to let the ball do most of the work will be your greatest ally.


*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PWBA Telecast Monday *****
Bowling fans, set your VCRs, because the Lady Ebonite Classic airs Thursday, August 5th at 1pm on ESPN2.

Bowling for the $14,000 first prize will be
1. Michelle Feldman
2. Leanne Barrette
3. Wendy Macpherson
4. Cara Honeychurch
5. Kim Adler

To sneak a peak at the winner now, click on http://www.pwba.com/press_room/new2000/ladyebonitefinals.htm


***** Wendy Macpherson Site Debuts *****
Highlighting her quest to becoming the PWBA's second million-dollar woman, Wendy Macpherson has a new website. The page holds stats and information regarding the 90s Bowler of the Decade and includes a contest for fans to predict when Wendy breaks the $1,000,000 barrier.

To find out more visit http://www.wendymacphersonbowling.com


***** Duke Named BWAA Bowler of the Month *****

Norm Duke was voted Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Month for July by a select panel of the organization, BWAA President Dan Glus announced today.

Duke, the versatile 36-year-old right-hander from Clermont, Fla., captured his third Professional Bowlers Association championship of 2000 and the 19th of his career July 8 with a 236-228 victory over Chris Barnes of Wichita, Kan., at the MSN Open in Tucson, Ariz. One week later in Phoenix, Duke again reached the championship match but fell short in his bid for title No. 20, dropping a 202-201 decision to Robert Smith of Simi Valley, Calif., at Bowling's U.S. Open.

Smith, who earned his first pro title, was runner-up in the BWAA balloting.

The BWAA website is found at http://www.bowlingwriters.com


***** PBA Spare Shots *****
This week, the PBA Spare Shots highlight Brian Voss and Bob Learn's European exhibition, the rookie of the year races, and the addition of Del Ballard and Parker Bohn to the Performance ballot for the Hall of Fame.

http://www.pbatour.com/selnews.asp?ID=525


***** PWBA Regional Player's Championship *****
For results on the PWBA Regional Player's Championship held in Altamonte Springs, FL, please visit http://www.pwba.com/regional/events/rpc.htm


*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News *****
***** 2000-2001 Playing Rules Available Online; New Search Feature Debuts *****
The ABC/WIBC/YABA Playing Rules for 2000-2001 are now available online with a new search feature to find the specific rule you're looking for. Find it at

http://www.bowl.com/bowl/wibc/common/rules/searchable.html?file=ch1.html


***** Festival of Bowling *****
Maybe you thought you had plenty of time. Fall leagues are around the corner, and the Festival of Bowling folks would like you to know that entries are filling fast. Get your 4-person mixed team together, and bowl the National Mixed Championship as part of the events to be held in Reno, NV between October and November.

For more information, visit http://www.festivalofbowling.com/


***** Youth Masters Cuts to the Top 4 *****
The 2000 Youth Masters Tournament held this weekend has whittled 200+ youth bowlers down to merely four. They each advance to the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions in November where they will compete for the title and a first place prize of a $25,000 scholarship. The runner-up will receive a $12,500 scholarship, and 3rd and 4th will receive $5,000 scholarships.

The top four follows:

John Scholl Jr. of Buffalo, New York
Joe Bailey of Doylestown, Ohio
Chris Jones of Marion, Indiana
Erik Vermylea of Maplewood, Minnesota

For more information, visit http://www.youthmasters.com/


*** Team USA News ***
***** Members Participate in Tournament of the Americas *****
Members of Team USA are participating in the Tournament of the Americas in Miami, FL this week.

For results and current info, visit http://www.bowl.com/bowl/usa/common/news/record.html?record=2289


*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 0 9/16 at 15:44 EDT on 08/04/2000
Brunswick (BC) 18 7/16 at 16:01 EDT on 08/042000


*** And Finally ***
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