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Kegler's Connection

   December 18, 2000

  Grandstand News:
      1. Welcome Notes
      2. Tip of the Week
  PBA/PWBA News:
      3. Forkel and Laub Win Tri-Regional
      4. Aulby Elected to ABC Hall of Fame
      5. ABC 2001 Championships Entries Exceed 15,000 Teams
      6. ABC League Champions Roll-Off Survey
      7. WIBC Team Sets Record with 3600
  Team USA News:
      8. 2000 USA Bowling Championships
  College Bowling News:
      9. St. John's Men/Wichita State Men Top BWAA Poll
  Miscellaneous News:
      10. Stock Watch
      11. And Finally

1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to a pre-holiday edition of Kegler's Connection. In this edition, George Freeman talks about versatility, Team USA 2001 has been chosen, and we offer tri-regional PBA news from Reno.

2. Tip of the Week

This week George talks about not giving up.
Never Giving Up

We've all struggled at the lanes before, it will happen to everyone. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a first-year sanctioned bowler, sooner or later Fortune will stop smiling on you for a little while. It's easy to get frustrated when things just aren't going your way, but it is important to remember to never give up.

First of all, the very nature of scoring in this sport makes big turnarounds in short timespans very much possible. It's important to not give up--you never know what is going to happen to yourself or your opponent. This also goes when you are on the winning side of things. Scores can change very quickly, so it is important to not let up when you find yourself ahead, you need to keep putting 100% into each and every shot.

More importantly, it is crucial to put your best into every shot to get into the proper mindset when competing in tournaments and such. You've heard the term, "You play like you practice," and it is true. If you like to give up and stop caring when you start to lose, you won't have a basis of emotions to call upon when the time comes to get up on the approach. The best players can rebound after a bad game, because they never give up.

So next time you find yourself not doing well, don't just throw shots away, turn it into a mental drill for yourself, so when the time comes to bear down, you'll have the mental toughness to do so effectively.

Till next time,

George Freeman

3. Forkel and Laub Win Tri-Regional

Eric Forkel continues to prove his mettle in making progress toward his recovery from an accident at his home earlier this year. Forkel won the Sands Tri-Regional in Reno, NV. Larry Laub topped the Senior division.

Read more about the tournament at:

4. Aulby Elected to ABC Hall of Fame

Mike Aulby became the only nominee elected to the ABC Hall of Fame on the 2001 ballot, receiving 126 out of 134 votes. Next in the balloting was Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., with 70. Others receiving votes on the Regular ballot were John Handegard, Nacogdoches, Texas, 17; Gene Stus, Allen Park, Mich., 15; Frank Ellenburg, Chandler, Ariz., 8; Mike Samarzdija, Pontiac, Mich., 8; Dennis (Butch) Soper, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 7, and Bobby Meadows, Arlington, Texas, 4.

For more results of the balloting, visit:

5. ABC 2001 Championships Entries Exceed 15,000 Teams

For the third time in its 98-year history, the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament has exceeded the 15,000 entry milestone. The 15,000th entry was processed Dec. 15 at Bowling Headquarters.

The ABC Tournament, which will run Feb. 10 - June 30, will be making its third visit to the 78-lane National Bowling Stadium in Reno in 2001. Thus far, the 2001 event trails only 1995 that attracted a record 17,285 five-player teams, and 1998, which attracted 15,925 teams.

For information on entering a team or other information visit:

6. ABC League Champions Roll-Off Survey

ABC is conducting a survey to gain feedback on creating a league championship invitational tournament for mixed and ABC leagues. If you'd like to give your input into shaping the event that would showcase league champions from across the country, please visit:

7. WIBC Team Sets Record with 3600

Former TEAM USA member and current Professional Women's Bowling Association star Lisa Bishop and teammates Julie Wright, Renee Palmer, Cyndi Black and Carmen Allen rolled 3,600 Nov. 20 in the Clover Lanes All-Star Bowlerette League in suburban Livonia, Mich.

Read the entire article at:

8. 2000 USA Bowling Championships

The USA Bowling Championships have concluded at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, with Scott Norton and Kelly Kulick winning the amateur championships.

Joining Norton on the men's team will be Shawn Evans, Satellite Beach, FL; Tony Manna, Omaha, Nebraska; Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa; Michael Mullin, New City, N.Y. Chosen to join them by the special National Selection Committee were Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio; Derwin Pitre, Miamisburg, Ohio; and Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio.

Kulick later announced after winning her title she will resign from the team to turn pro in 2001. Representing the women's team will be Kristal Scott, Painesville, Ohio; Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, CA; Jeannette Menacho, Sacramento, CA; Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix. Because Kulick is resigning, sixth-place finisher Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, was moved up to the team. Chosen to join them by the special National Selection Committee were Diandra Hyman, Dyer, IN; and Jackie Edwards, Simi Valley, CA.

For complete results, visit:

9. St. John's Men/Wichita State Women Top BWAA Poll

The first Bowling Writers' Association of America (BWAA) Collegiate Team Ranking for the 2000-2001 season has been released by College Bowling USA. The ranking is based on a poll of selected BWAA members and selected National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) coaches.

Get the details at:

10. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) .095 at15:55 EST on 12/15/00
Brunswick (BC) 17.25 at16:01 EST on 12/15/00

11. And Finally

Thanks for reading Kegler's Connection. Next week, we'll be a little late, sending our year-end double issue approximately on the 28th. We wish you and your family the happiest of holidays. Send us your story ideas and press releases to [email protected].

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