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October 23, 1999
Table of Contents
* Grandstand News
~ Tip of the Week -- Travel
~ Bowling News on AOL
~ Bowling Community Center Wants to Salute Your Pages
~ Upcoming Chats
* PBA/PWBA News
~ Honeychurch Top Seed on Monday's Telecast
~ Parker Dominates All Week to Take Fifth Title This Year
~ Inside the PBA Tour/Top 5 Balls Used
~ PBA Senior National Championship
~ Mark Williams Newest Hall of Famer
* ABC/WIBC News
~ Festival of Bowling
~ ABC 2000 Reaches 9800 Teams
~ WIBC Wants World Record Attendance in Reno
~ Retention Test Instituted
* YABA News
~ JOG and Coca Cola to be Hosted in Las Vegas
* Miscellaneous News
~ Stock Watch
~ Submissions Sought for Bowling Book
~ Brunswick Field Staff Explained
* And Finally
*** Grandstand News ***
***** Tip of the Week -- Travel *****
When trying to decide what to take with you on a trip when you can't afford to take your entire arsenal, you need to streamline. So what is a must, and what is excess?
Well, for starters, I suggest taking one urethane ball. Urethane, while not "hip", still has a big place in the game. Urethane can give you consistent reaction if the lanes are giving you serious over/under. If possible, have it drilled "zero" with no weights to affect the break point or angle of attack. This is also useful to use as a benchmark ball, to get an idea of what is on the surface, and to make equipment decisions from there. I also suggest taking a plastic ball. If the lanes are fried, you'll need something that can skid up the lane surface.
As far as the high powered equipment, bring something in leverage, something that will retain energy in the front part of the lane and snap in the backend, and an axis weighted ball, something that will provide a slightly more even roll. Have both shined, if you need to add surface to the ball you could always do so with a scotchbrite pad before bowling.
Whatever you bring, I suggest The Right Approach column on travel. It is essential to anyone who has never traveled by air to a tournament. It's available here: The Right Approach - Vol. 2, Issue 20.
***** Bowling News Updates *****
Make sure to read the latest press releases in the AOL Exclusive area Bowling (Available to AOL Members Only). It includes PBA and PWBA updates, stats, and standings.
***** Bowling Community Center Wants to Salute Your Pages *****
Do you have a web site that you want to show the world? The Bowling Community Center (Available to AOL Members Only) wants to help you brag a little. If it's already listed in AOL's Hometown pages you just need to e-mail GSTDHammer. If you move it or mirror your existing site to Hometown that's fine too. Don't have a page yet? There are plenty of ideas. You can post your league standings (some of the secretarial software makes this easy), make a page about your league or teammates, create a page for your bowling center, or build a page to talk about your favorite pro. To create a page, you need either AOL or AIM.
***** Special Chat Updates *****
Keep reading Kegler's Connection and visiting Bowling Forum (Available to AOL Members Only) for updates on upcoming special chat guests, like the Rookie of the Year contenders of the PWBA and a special chat with John Davis, President of Kegel Company and Founder of the Foundation.
*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** Honeychurch Top Seed on Monday's Telecast *****
1 Cara Honeychurch
2 Tiffany Stanbrough
3 Tish Johnson
4 Dana Miller-Mackie
5 Michelle Feldman
If you're wondering who won, and can't wait until Monday's telecast, visit: Page Title.
***** Parker Dominates All Week to Take Fifth Title This Year *****
Parker Bohn III proved again this week that PBA stands for Parker Bohn Academy as he took the field of 79 bowlers to school all week, leading the tournament by over 500 pins at the 42-game mark. The title match was a battle of bowling's best when Bohn defeated Walter Ray Williams 276-246. For more information, read PBA Tour.
Bohn is defending champion next week in Taylor, MI at the Greater Detroit Open--the 15th consecutive year in Taylor. The tournament will run Friday through Wednesday, Oct. 22-27. ESPN will air the championship round Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 - 11 p.m.(ET)
You can also read more about the newest #1 ranked player in the world at: PBA Tour
***** Inside the PBA/Top 5 Balls Used *****
Art McKee provides the information regarding the telecast finals of the PBA Track/Dexter Open.
On the telecast
Brian Himmler, Track Staff, La Nina
Kurt Pilon, Ebonite Staff, Matrix TPS
Walter Ray Williams, Brunswick Staff, Command Zone
Amleto Monacelli, Track Staff, Champ
Parker Bohn III, Brunswick Staff, Danger Zone Pro HPD
Read more about the drillings at: PBA Tour
***** PBA Senior National Championship *****
The top five qualifiers met on Friday's championship finals for the $20,000 top prize. ESPN2 will air the finals Thursday, October 28, from 2-3 p.m. (ET). Appearing on the show will be:
1, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla.,
2, John Handegard, Nacogdoches, Tx(SS)
3, John Hricsina, Franklin, Pa.(SS)
4, Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J.
5, Bob Glass, Lawrence, Kan., 15-7-2
If you'd like to know the results before next Thursday, click here: PBA Tour.
***** Mark Williams Newest Hall of Famer *****
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) announced Mark Williams as the newest PBA Hall of Fame inductee in the Performance category. Williams, a 41-year-old from Beaumont, Texas, will be inducted alongside Tom Baker (Veterans/Senior category) and Keijiro Nakano (Meritorious Service category) at the annual Hall of Fame Dinner Friday, Nov. 12, in Overland Park, Kan. The induction ceremony serves as a prelude to the season-ending Brunswick World Tournament of Champions. The rest of the story can be found at PBA Tour.
***** Soutar PBA's Newest Millionaire *****
PBA Hall of Famer Dave Soutar's win at the Villages vaulted him over the $1 million mark in career earnings to make him the 19th and newest millionaire in the PBA.
The first place check was for $10,000, but in addition Soutar received a fully furnished house in the Villages valued at $100,000. The total of $110,000 puts Soutar at 1,003,378. Johnny Petraglia is the likeliest player to become the 20th millionaire, as his earnings stand at $986,200.
*** ABC/WIBC News ***
***** Festival of Bowling *****
The first annual Festival of Bowling (formerly known as the Mixed Team Championships) rolls into its second weekend at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada. Bowlers from all over the country competed in singles, doubles, trios, team, and Baker formats during its first weekend. Special events for Seniors also exist.
The FoB, being hosted jointly by the American Bowling Congress and the Women's International Bowling Congress, is scheduled to run until Nov. 28th. WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn and American Bowling Congress President Duncan MacPherson threw out ceremonial first balls during the opening ceremonies. Tournament Director Mike Hennessey was joined by the reigning Miss Nevada to help kick off the event.
For the results of every event you can click on this link: Bowl BOWLDOTCOM.
***** ABC 2000 Reaches 9800 Teams*****
With two months until registration closes, the ABC National Tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico has reached 9800 teams. Dates still available are mainly in February, and the week of May 1-4, which opened up when the ABC Masters week was moved to dates in mid-June. But ABC is offering incentives for bowlers who flock to the sunbelt during February--a free Brunswick bowling ball. For more information, visit: Bowl ABC.
***** WIBC Wants World Record Attendance in Reno *****
With the January 11 deadline over 10 weeks away, WIBC has plenty of time to break a world record for largest sporting event anywhere in the world. Already, 12,500 teams have signed up to compete in the 2000 National Tournament, with only three events that surpass the attendance of next year's event: Only the 16,704 teams in the 1997 Stadium inaugural, 14,872 in Reno/Carson City, Nev., in 1988 and 14,430 in Las Vegas in 1983 are bigger. However, with the goal of "20,000 in 2000" firmly established, the all-time record remains in reach. To entice more bowlers, special perks are being added including $50 food and beverage credits for team captains with at least three bowlers who did not participate in the 1997 Reno event.
Information can be found at: Bowl WIBC
***** Retention Test Instituted *****
ABC and WIBC recently approved a six-city, nationwide test known as Project Retention. Industry veteran Bob Jarlenski was chosen to head up the 2 1/2 year program that will test new innovative league formats that better
hold the interest of all the participants, not just the higher averaging
teams favored mathematically to dominate the league's standings in traditional league formats. The six cities are: Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis,
Minneapolis, Tampa and Northern California (Oakland area).
In Jarlenski's 35 years in the business, he has discovered that even
when a proprietor modernizes his center, has consistent lane conditions and a great staff to serve the customers, most centers continue to experience
turnover rates of regular league bowlers in excess of 40%. Measuring how many bowlers don't return to their same league or that don't purchase a sanctioned card the following year is what Jarlenski describes as Human Turnover.
"Seems like most local bowling associations and most bowling proprietors
don't know exactly how many people dropout and don't return the
following year to bowl league play or the reasons they dropout. If we stopped to address this important statistic we may find out just how weak
traditional league formats and schedules are in holding the interest of today's league bowlers. We need to make league bowling more fun, fair and competitive for everyone that participates," said Jarlenski.
Jarlenski has hundreds of leagues throughout the US using is UBL
(Ultimate Bowling League) system of bowling. These formats place teams within the league into various divisions so a play-off similar to what all other sports do is used to crown the league champion at the end of the regular playing season, not just a traditional position round that in most cases doesn't mean anything. "I don't believe that in 1999 too many teams want to be in 12th place in a 12 team league for 30 to 35 weeks. If you take away the opportunity to win for a person who has competitive needs, then he
begins to lose interest and eventually quits," Jarlenski concluded.
If you want to learn more about Jarlenski's UBL league formats, Project
Retention or his Human Turnover Vs Statistical Attrition analysis, contact
him at [email protected].
*** YABA News ***
***** JOG and Coca Cola to be Hosted in Las Vegas *****
The bowling theme in 2000 must be "Go West, Young Bowler," because not only are the WIBC and ABC National Tournaments in Nevada and New Mexico, respectively, but now YABA has announced the site for the Junior Olympic Gold and Coca Cola Youth Bowling Championships. Showboat Lanes will host both tournaments. JOG dates are set for July 8-15 while the Coca-Cola tournament will be July 26-30. For more information, go to Bowl YABA
*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 4 1/4
Brunswick (BC) 23 5/16
***** Submissions Sought for Bowling Book *****
Paul Kreins is collecting inspirational, motivational, humorous, interesting real-life bowling stories, anecdotes, jokes, cartoons, photographs and/or artwork to include in a book he is compiling tentatively called "Chicken Soup For the Bowling Soul."
He's asking bowlers to contribute material for the book, and welcomes any contributions. Stories may be any length, including one-liners. Anyone who contributes a story will receive a $10 gift certificate to Bowling's Bookstore. If a story is used in the book, the contributor will receive 2 free copies when it is published.
For more information, please contact: [email protected] or visit
***** Brunswick Field Staff Explained *****
You may have seen ads or received e-mail for a new Brunswick promotion recently. The Brunswick Field Staff memberships are available free if you buy certain high performance bowling balls, or $25 for one year, $45 for two years. This is what members receive:
- Personalized membership card and membership decal
- Discounts on Brunswick high-performance balls and gear
Field Staff shirt
- Subscription to our quarterly newsletter, Field Test
- Technical support via private Web site
- Coupons for free games and family outings
- Autographed pro photos
- Tournament and travel opportunities
To find out more, visit: Brunswick Field Staff.
*** And Finally ***
And that's it for a very busy week in the bowling world. Thanks for subscribing to Kegler's Connection and have a great week. Keep the submissions coming in by e-mailing the Bowling GSTDs.
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