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Kegler's Connection


   September 3, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Welcome Notes
     ~ Tip of the Week
     ~ Frequently Asked Questions
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PWBA Returns to the Lanes
     ~ 16 Players Gear Up for Japan Cup
  * ABC/WIBC/YABA News
     ~ Spigner and Jowdy Elected to Hall of Fame
     ~ Nickelodeon to Air Two-Hour Bowling Program
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ Equipment Company Links
  * And Finally


*** Grandstand News ***
***** Welcome Notes *****
We wish you a safe and happy holiday weekend from the folks at Kegler's Connection. We know you're enjoying the long weekend, so we'll keep it short and sweet this week.


***** Tip of the Week *****
This week, George talks about traveling with bowling equipment.

There is a tournament going on in my hometown this weekend that draws bowlers from all over the country. I was sitting in the pro shop last night when two bowlers with long faces came in. They informed us that they had flown in from Michigan, and that while they arrived on time, their equipment had not. In fact, their equipment, as of last night, is still waiting to be found somewhere. This gave me the idea to take time to talk about precautions you can take to lessen the blow if you ever find yourself without your equipment at a tournament.

1. Take your bowling shoes in your carryon baggage. This may sound odd, but it is good practice. This will assure you that no matter what happens, you will have your own bowling shoes to bowl with. Stability starts from the ground up, having shoes you know will at least allow you to get to the foul line with some confidence.

2. Keep your drilling measurements with you. Having your drilling specs in your wallet will allow you to get new equipment if worse came to worse, and still have a general feel with the ball. It will also save the pro shop guy a lot of time by not having to measure you to try to get you into a ball that feels good.

3. If possible, ship your equipment beforehand. Some people like to ship their bowling balls ahead of time, so they are waiting for them when you get there. Most hotels will gladly hold your belongings until you arrive to check in. Of course, this isn't to say that they won't lose your equipment either, but it is an option some bowlers like to use, especially if they don't want to go over the two-piece luggage rule most airlines have these days.

Noone wants to go to the baggage claim and find out that their equipment decided that Florida sounded like more fun than Cincinnati, but sometimes these things happen. Following these tips can make a bad situation palatable at best.

Till next time,
George


***** Frequently Asked Questions *****
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*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PWBA Returns to the Lanes *****
The PWBA hits the lanes again this week after a brief hiatus. Bowling the Greater Orlando Classic from Sunday through Thursday, the women's telecast will air Monday, September 11 on ESPN2 at 8 pm ET, reairing on Thursday, September 14 on ESPN2 at 1 pm ET.


***** 16 PBA Players Gear Up for Japan Cup *****
Sixteen of the PBA's best players will be getting their passports ready this weekend, and gearing up for the Japan Cup's $50,000 first place prize. The PBA players will bowl against 16 of Japan's greatest pros. Representing the PBA will be: Parker Bohn III, Tim Criss, Jason Couch, Amleto Monacelli, Chris Barnes, Brian Himmler, Ryan Shafer, Jeff Lizzi, Norm Duke, Ricky Ward, Danny Wiseman, Tommy Delutz, Jr., Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Rick Steelsmith, Mike Miller, and Patrick Healey, Jr.

For more information, visit http://www.pbatour.com/selnews.asp?ID=535


*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News *****
*****Jowdy and Spigner Elected to ABC Hall of Fame *****
John Jowdy and Bill Spigner have been elected to the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame.

For more information, please visit http://www.bowl.com/templates/BowlDotCom/common/news/record.html?record=2332


***** Nickelodeon to Air Two-Hour Bowling Program *****
Nickelodeon will air a two-hour broadcast on bowling and the International Family Tournament Sunday, September 10, 2000 from 2:00-4:00 pm ET. Strike Ten Entertainment and the BPAA arranged for Nickelodeon to film most, if not all, of the activities for the full three days. Please check local listings for actual times.


*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 0 1/2 at 15:51 EDT on 09/01/2000
Brunswick (BC) 18 11/16 at 16:01 EDT on 09/01/2000


***** Equipment Company Links *****
OK, so the season is about to start, and last year's stuff is definitely last year. You want to start out fresh. Or maybe you want to get a heads up on what the competition will be throwing. Forewarned is forearmed, and you can walk into your pro shop a knowledgable consumer with the information you find here. A complete list of equipment manufacturers (balls, wrist devices, shoes, etc.) can be found at

http://www.bowlsearch.com/Equipment_Companies/


*** And Finally ***
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