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Kegler's Connection


   April 24, 1999



Table of Contents
  * Grandstand Bowling Forum News
     ~ Upcoming Special Chats
     ~ On-the-Scene Reports from Coram
  * PBA/PWBA
     ~ Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open
     ~ Carolyn Dorin-Ballard to Appear on Rosie O'Donnell Show
     ~ Rick's Report
     ~ Telecast Schedule
     ~ Top Ten Ball Report
  * ABC/WIBC
     ~ Festival of Bowling Entries Accepted for Reno
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Update
     ~ Gretzy Retires and Goes Bowling
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Upcoming Special Chats *****
Tuesday, April 27, from 9 to 11 PM ET be sure to check out BallRepalooza -- a special chat with the ball reps of the PBA Tour. Join the reps from Brunswick, Columbia, Ebonite, Faball, Track, and Storm. It's your chance to find out what your favorite pro will be throwing later this summer. Check out BallRepalooza (Available to AOL Members Only) for details.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 29th for Chat with the Pros featuring Parker Bohn III. Coming off his Empire State Open last week, Parker will chat about the PBA Tour and his nineteen titles. Will he hit 20 before the Millennium? Parker is the first player with web site devoted to his own fan club, the Bohn Zone. For more information on the Bohn Zone, check out Parker Bohn III. For links to the chat, visit Bowling Forum (Available to AOL Members Only) on Thursday.


***** On-the-Scene Reports from Coram *****
GSTDMaroon gets her first reporting job this week, as the PBA heads into Long Island for the Brunswick Long Island Open. Look for her updates in the The Pro Tours (Available to AOL Members Only) folder.


*** PBA/PWBA ***
***** Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open *****
Congratulations to Doug Kent for winning his 3rd title in the Johnny Petraglia Open.

Kent survived the 3-man shoot out against Amleto Monacelli and Ryan Shafer to advance to the championship round, taking on top seed Rudy Kasimakis for the first prize of $26,000. Rudy "Revs" went 8-0 in the final block of matchplay with a strong 19-5 overall matchplay record, but seemed to struggle on TV.

All the standings and the complete story can be found on PBA Tour.


***** Carolyn Dorin Ballard to Appear on Rosie O'Donnell Show *****
Rosie O'Donnell is a fan of bowling, sponsoring a bowling league in New York. Now she's inviting six-time PWBA champ and current president of the PWBA players Carolyn Dorin-Ballard to be a guest on Tuesday, April 27th (check for local times for the The Rosie O'Donnell Show! (Available to AOL Members Only)).

After the show airs, please visit the show's message boards at Show Talk (Available to AOL Members Only) and thank her for spotlighting pro bowling.


***** Rick's Report *****
Special thanks to Tour Rep Rick Benoit for this special behind-the-scenes information:

This week we find ourselves at North Brunswick, New Jersey for the Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open. This is the second week of the swing and again we have a surface and a pattern that provides a lot of friction in the front part of the lane. The shape of the pattern is not much different from last week, but it is not playing the same. The biggest difference is the backends. This week we are bowling on full length Guardian, (Image Guardian in the front and Clear Guardian from the splice to the pin deck). There is obvious oil down the lane in the very first game and as the week goes along it builds up.

This creates a challenge, the backend of the lane says to slow down but when the front part of the lane goes, you *can't* slow down. Speed control is everything this week. Once again you create hold with projection, but there is a fine line as to the amount of projection. You cannot dial in on one speed, it is a big advantage to be able to have the ability to adjust speeds to match the lane you are bowling on. Early in the day you can slow down and circle the lane but as the day goes along you have to close it down, and the lane to lane can be different. Staying slow does not last long because of the friction in the front and the next thing you know you see bowlers ramping up the speed and by the end of the day the bowlers are lofting the ball over the left gutter and playing fallback, yes even Walter is doing this.


***** Telecast Schedule *****
PBA
Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open
North Brunswick, NJ
Apr 24 CBS 3:00 PM ET

PBA
Brunswick Long Island Open
Coram, NY
Outdoor finals at Bryant Park in New York City
Saturday, May 1, CBS 3:00 PM ET

PBA
ABC Masters
Syracuse, NY
Saturday, May 8, CBS 3:00 PM ET

PWBA
TRACK KO PUNCH DOUBLES
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, May 11, 1999 - ESPN2 - 4:00 p.m. ET

PBA
Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship
Akron, OH
May 15 CBS 3:00 PM ET

PWBA
OMAHA OPEN
Omaha, NE
Tuesday, May 18, 1999 - ESPN2 - 3:00 p.m. ET

PWBA/WIBC
WIBC QUEENS
Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, May 25, 1999 - ESPN2 - 4:00 p.m. ET

PBA
PBA Oregon Open
Portland, OR
May 29 CBS 3:00 PM ET

PWBA
ST. CLAIR CLASSIC
Fairview Heights, IL
Tuesday, June 1, 1999 - ESPN2 - 3:00 p.m. (Central)


***** Top Ten Ball Report (Special feature by Rick Benoit) ****
This week, the bowlers saw a little oil to start, but it went away quickly so we saw many types of balls on the lane. For the most part we saw balls that would get through the front when they broke down, with cores and layouts to reduce the flare. The balls mentioned are not the only balls that the players used and, in the future, I will provide a more detailed outline of the balls. These are the balls I saw the guys using for the most part:

1, Rudy Kasimakis, Gouldsboro, Pa., 19-5, %10075 - Faball Nail
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 15-9, 9,859 - Track Heat
3, Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY, 14-9-1, 9,828 - Ebonite Wildcat
4, Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY, 11-12-1, 9,810 - Every Ebonite ball made (haha)
5, Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, Fla., 14-10, 9,775, $5,000 - Quantum Imperial
6, Brian Voss, Atlanta, 12-12, 9,733, $4,500 - AMF Slam
7, Dennis Horan, San Diego, 13-11, 9,684, $4,100 - Storm Blue Hot Flame
8, Chris Barnes, Wichita, Kan., 13-11, 9,671, $3,800 - Gold Rhino Pro and SZ TE 2 (Speed Zone Tour Edition 2)
9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 12-12, 9,667, $3,600 - Faball Hammer Offset
10, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 13-11, 9,629, $3,400 - Lots of stuff (actually I am not sure) but if it is made by Ebonite and it goes straight he probably threw it.



*** ABC/WIBC ***
***** Festival of Bowling Entries for Reno Accepted *****
Now that winter leagues are ending, it's time to start looking forward to fall. The ABC/WIBC Festival of Bowling features numerous events, including the mixed team, mixed doubles, and singles event of the former ABC/WIBC Mixed Doubles. There are events for those who've shot 300 and other events exclusively for league officers. The Open Family Doubles is for any combination of adult relatives. Many of the events feature corporate sponsors, so check out Bowl WIBC and get ready for Reno.


*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock update *****
Brunswick Corp (BC) 22 1/2
AMF (PIN) 5 1/8


***** Gretzy Retires and Goes Bowling *****
Everyone remembers the famous commercials that aired after a major sporting championship..."Joe Athlete, you've won the Super Event, what are you going to do now?" When Wayne Gretzky, the Great One, announced his retirement, forget about mouse ears, he went bowling. "I am going bowling," Gretzky said after his final game -- a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers -- on Sunday. "Brian (Leetch) and I were discussing what was going to happen after the game. So about 4 o'clock in the afternoon [Sunday] I'm going to a bowling party with my teammates. I'm really looking forward to it," he added.

That's right, his teammates took him bowling. While Gretzky is familiar with ten-pin's Canadian cousin, five pin, ten-pin bowling was a new challenge for him.

For the whole story, visit: Bowl BOWLDOTCOM

*** And Finally ***
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