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Kegler's Connection

   December 29, 2000

  Grandstand News:
      1. Welcome Notes
      2. Tip of the Week
  PBA/PWBA News:
      3. PBA Announces Player, Rookie, Senior of the Year
      4. Michigan Bowler Rolls Fourth Approved 900 Series
      5. Melissa Bellinder Earns Alberta Crowe Star of Tomorrow
      6. Five Honored with WIBC Awards
  BPAA News:
      7. BPAA Tequila Rose National Doubles
  FIQ News:
      8. FIQ International Senior Open Deadline Here
  Miscellaneous News:
      9. Stock Watch
      10. TBS Goes Bowling For The New Year
      11. And Finally
1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to the last edition of Kegler's Connection of 2000. In this edition, George Freeman talks about making excuses, the PBA votes on their players and rookie of the year, and we give you information on the Tequila Rose and FIQ International Senior tournaments.

2. Tip of the Week

This week George talks about making excuses

I'm sure everyone has seen the bowler's crying towel, the shirts etc.

"The ball stuck on my thumb."

"The air was too hot."

You name it. Almost as long as bowling has been in existence, there have been excuses as to why bowlers do not do as well as they would like. It's important to keep in mind, however, that making excuses is no substitute for making sure whatever ails your game is corrected. Everytime I think I've heard it all, I hear something new. But here are some things to keep in mind.

Be honest with yourself. None of us are perfect, we're human beings. We all make mistakes, we don't always throw perfect shots. In order to properly adjust to the lanes, you need to be able to honestly ascertain whether you threw a good shot. If you adjust off of a bad shot, you will get a bad read of the lanes, and then dig a bigger hole for yourself.

Keep your ego in check. All of us have an ego, without exception. We all would like to think that we can go out on any given occasion and knock the pins dead. But, since this is real life, that doesn't happen. Team USA Head Coach Fred Borden said it best, "Excuses are like armpits, they all stink". Sometimes, life just deals you a bad hand. It's better to leave it at that, and go on to the next day than to come up with 1001 reasons as to why you didn't bowl well. That will play on your mind the next time you go out to bowl. Treat every game as a new slate, and you'll do well in the long run. My own bowling coach has a saying on his wall that I live by:

Every bowler is actually 3 different bowlers:
The one he believes himself to be.
The one he would like to be.
The one he actually is.

Until next time, and Happy New Year
George Freeman

3. PBA Announces Player, Rookie, Senior of the Year

Norm Duke, Joe Ciccone, and Bob Glass earned the respect and the votes of their fellow touring players by respectively earning the Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Senior Player of the Year honors. For more information, check out the following stories




4. Michigan Bowler Rolls Fourth American Bowling Congress 900 Series

Robby Portalatin of Jackson, MI, became only the fourth person and second left-hander in history to roll an American Bowling Congress approved 900 three-game series Dec. 28. The 28-year-old achieved the feat in the 700 League at Airport Lanes. A Jackson native who averages 230 in six leagues, Portalatin rolled an 805 series the night before. "I was nervous, but everybody just kept talking to me and I kept taking it slow and easy," the 5'5" Portalatin told Matt Fiorito of the Detroit Free Press. "When I got to the 10th frame, all of the other 59 lanes stopped.

For more information, visit:

5. Melissa Bellinder Earns Alberta Crowe Star of Tomorrow

Melissa Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif., has been named the 2001 WIBC Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow.

Bellinder, a California State University-Fullerton freshman, currently competes on her school's bowling team. Bellinder was selected to TEAM USA in 2000 and 2001. One of Bellinder's bowling accomplishments includes being the youngest member to ever compete in the USA Championships at age 14 in 1996.

Read more about Melissa's accomplishments at:

6. Five Honored with WIBC Awards

Jan Schmidt of Rochelle, Ill.; Mary Lynly of Roseville, Calif.; Katherine Schwinn of Findlay, Ohio, Susie Minshew of Alvarado, Texas, and Frank Ruggerie of Fairfield, Ohio, have earned five of the Women's International Bowling Congress' highest awards and will be given their awards at the WIBC Annual Meeting in April 2001.

To read about the individual awards, please visit:

7. BPAA Tequila Rose National Doubles

BPAA centers are currently conducting qualifying for the BPAA Tequila Rose National Doubles Tournament. Doubles teams consist of any combination of two men, two women, or one of each gender.

For rules or participating centers, please visit:

8. FIQ International Senior Open Deadline Here

Reno and the National Bowling Stadium will host the FIQ International Senior Open January 7-14, 2001. Seniors competing from all over the world will vie for medals and prizes. With three age divisions, and men and women competing separately, there will be events for all senior bowlers.

For more information on the tournament, visit:

To beat the new December 31st deadline, a downloadable entry is available at:

9. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) .067 at 15:49 EST on 12/29/00
Brunswick (BC) 16.4375 at 16:03 EST on 12/29/00

10. TBS Goes Bowling For The New Year

It looks like TBS Superstation is choosing to go bowling more often as one of its New Year Revolutions because they are building a brand new home that features a "Bowling Alley Breakfast Area".

The home is actually being built as a set for the new series, "The Man Made Movie." In promotional commercials for the new series they ask, "Did you ever want to put a bowling alley in your house?" and then propose their Bowling Alley Breakfast Area where you can, "eat your eggs and then bowl a string."

TBS Superstation's new show "The Man Made Movie" premieres Thursday, January 4th. Check your local listings for exact times.

11. And Finally

Thanks for reading Kegler's Connection, and we resolve to dedicating ourselves to sending you timely, informative newsletters throughout 2001. Send us your story ideas and press releases to [email protected].

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