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May 2, 1999
Table of Contents
* Grandstand News
~ Stay in Touch this Summer
~ PBA/PWBA Schedule Now Available
* PBA/PWBA News
~ Rick's Report/Top 10 Balls
~ PBA Takes It Outside and Gets Noticed
~ Rosie Show Postpones PWBA Appearance
* ABC/WIBC News
~ ABC Masters Kicks Off
~ Albuquerque-Area Casino First ABC Tournament Title Sponsor
~ WIBC Convention Begins in Indianapolis
* YABA News
~ Parker Bohn III to Kick Off AST Florida Debut
~ YABA Honor Scores Saluted Online
* Miscellaneous News
~ Stock Watch
* And Finally
*** Grandstand News ***
***** Stay in Touch this Summer *****
So your leagues are winding down and you want to stay in touch with the bowling community. Maybe you missed a special chat with your favorite pro? See what the pros have been saying in the chat logs found in the Bowling Library (Available to AOL Members Only). If you want to talk about the upcoming tournaments, stop by Bowling Chats (Available to AOL Members Only). And weigh in with your opinions in the Bowling Message Area (Available to AOL Members Only).
***** PBA/PWBA Schedule Now Available *****
The combined PBA/PWBA TV schedule is now available through the Bowling Forum main page so you won't be let down by channel guides that don't list bowling. Also if you hear of any other network broadcasts of bowling, let us know and we'll be sure to post them as well. PBA/PWBA Telecast Schedule (Available to AOL Members Only).
*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** Rick's Report/Top 10 Balls *****
Wow!!! This was a very exciting Friday night, and I wish you all could have been here to see and feel the energy. There is something about this part of the country that fires up the competitors. The fans in the Northeast are great. I think making noise is natural to them (haha).
As far as the lanes go, we were bowling on full-length Guardian again and we all know what that means: friction in the front. This week was not like the last couple weeks though.
There was plenty of oil on the inside; if we had been on a synthetic surface, the scores could have been as high as Erie's. There was a great shot to the pocket right from the start. Out here on Tour we don't see much help to the inside very often, but this week it was there. The mornings would start out with enough backends to open up the lane, but what was unique about this week is that the mistakes inside the bowler's target line, still struck. Normally we have had to make sure we control our mistakes to the outside of our target line, but not this week. Because of this type of reaction, it was not necessary to use as much projection through the front part of the lane.
When I use the word "projection," I am referring to the angle the ball goes through the front part of the lane relative to the lane itself. So a ball that is going straight down the boards has very little projection and a ball that is going coast to coast has a lot of projection. The eyes tend to get used to what ever you are bowling on, and it was different to watch this type of reaction, some of the bowlers were a little slow in recognizing it.
Seeing this, it was obvious that a combination of Guardian lanes and straighter projection through the heads was going to lead to a wet/dry reaction side to side. Most players started in around 15 to 20 and kept there break point around 10. There was a shot outside, but it was a little sensitive to mistakes. What they had inside was much more forgiving, so the morning blocks had the bowlers beginning further in. The conditions were very conducive to high scores from the very beginning. Bowlers knew the first 4 games of the morning blocks were going to be high scoring so they wanted to make sure they didn't miss out on that opportunity.
After those four games the lanes would go through a bit of transition that not all would see. The mistakes to the outside would hang and that would have many of the bowlers thinking the lane was getting tighter, so they would make the normal move right only to find the ball hook at their toes and waste a couple of frames in score. The reaction they were seeing was created because of carry down. There were two options depending on your game:
If you are a slow-speed, high-rev player you go left and continue to project the ball to the right just move your break point in as well.
If you are a high-speed player, you would keep your feet right and project the ball straighter through the heads.
I felt the better of the two reactions was to use the oil side and move the breakpoint in because it kept the bowler further away from the dangerous parts of the lane. There was hook in the front and there was hang to the right for the bowlers who did not follow it left. The amount of projection would decrease as the day progressed and by the end of the night, there appeared to be a huge shim to the left. Most of the field was between 25 and 30 at the arrows but their breakpoint was around 14.
To aide the condition we would use balls that would arc off the breakpoint, this would allow a bowler to make a mistake right and not overbounce causing nasty, through-the-face designs. Carry became the big factor and it was not uncommon to see the weak 10, and yes there were a couple lilies/sour apples (5-7-10).
Mark Mosayebi matched up very well as the day went along. His game is slow with a lot of axis inclination. Imagine a piece of tape on your axis point, and if you see this tape facing up towards the ceiling this would be a lot of inclination. If the tape was not up, you would have less inclination. Inclination is different from tilt. Anyway, this saves energy through the front and releases it on the back. This gave Mark the perfect combination of reaction and carry. The left side was dominated by John Mazza for the same reason just a mirror image of Mark. The left could not get as deep as the right but it was a similar look.
Here are the top 10 and the balls they used for the week.
1, Mark Mosayebi, Charlotte, NC, 16-6-2, %10262 Track TKO Punch and Track Triton Elite
2, John Mazza, Bay City, Mich., 12-12, %10152 Track TKO Punch and Track Triton Elite
3, Eric Forkel, Tucson, Ariz., 18-6, %10067 Storm Sky Bolt
4, Rudy Kasimakis, Gouldsboro, Pa., 10-14, 9,969 Faball/Hammer Nail
5, Ricky Ward, North Fort Myers, Fla., 12-12, 9,939, $4,000 Imperial Quantum
6, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ, 14-10, 9,926, $3,500 Mike Aulby Signature ball and a Deep Violet Pro Zone
7, Bob Learn, Jr., Erie, Pa., 12-11-1, 9,921, $3,000 AMF Night Hawk and a Slam
8, Chris Barnes, Wichita, KS, 12-12, 9,891, $2,600 Navy Quantum, Mike Aulby ball, and a Purple Power Blitz
9, Doug Kent, Canandaigua, NY, 10-14, 9,865, $2,300 Ebonite Wildcat
10, Norman Titus, Flemington, NJ, 14-10, 9,850, $2,100 Sorry I am not sure what Norm was using all week.
***** PBA Takes It Outside and Gets Noticed ******
Start spreading the news. The PBA took it outside. Not the kind of "take it outside" that leads to a barroom brawl, rather the PBA sent four 53 ft. big rigs full of lane equipment to Bryant Park in New York City and created the PBA's first outdoor telecast. The results from fans seems positive, and for the first time in recent memory, the PBA made SportsCenter without an insect on the lane, a falling smashing to the ground, a gutter ball, or a 300 game. Bowling actually made the local sports recaps in the usually unresponsive Los Angeles market.
Drew Carey was in attendance as was Denver Bronco MVP Terrell Davis for charity events before the game. Left-hander Eric Forkel won 243-231 from the bench as top-seed Mark Mosayebi had an untimely open in the 10th frame of the championship match. Forkel advanced with a 267 game in the shootout match against John Mazza's 236 and Rudy Kasimakis' 200.
***** Rosie Show Postpones PWBA Appearance *****
The scheduled appearance by Carolyn Dorin-Ballard on the Rosie O'Donnell Show has been postponed. The PWBA will announce when it has been rescheduled. Check Releases for more details.
*** ABC/WIBC News ***
***** ABC Masters Kicks Off *****
The PBA Tour travels to The ONCenter in Syracuse, NY, to participate in the American Bowling Congress (ABC) Masters. Qualifying and match play will be contested Tuesday through Friday, May 4-7. The finals will be televised live by CBS Sports on Saturday, May 8, from 3-4 p.m. (EDT).
For a list of interesting Masters facts, check out: Bowl ABC.
***** Albuquerque-area Casino First ABC Tournament Title Sponsor *****
ABC and the Sandia Casino of Albuquerque, NM, have come to terms on the first-ever title sponsorship in the history of the ABC Championships Tournament.
The ABC Sandia Casino Championships Tournament runs Feb. 12-June 17, 2000 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Terms of the agreement include a $150,000 commitment by the Sandia Casino. Sandia Casino, an enterprise of the Pueblo of Sandia, is the largest casino in Albuquerque and is located just 10 minutes from the ABC Tournament site. For more information, visit Bowl ABC.
***** WIBC Convention Begins in Indy *****
Delegates from women's bowling associations around the country are converging on Indianapolis, IN this weekend for the WIBC National Convention. Between seminars, the annual meeting, and charity events, the delegates will manage to bowl their team, doubles, and singles events. The results from the tournament are available at Bowl WIBC. For more information on the convention, check out: Bowl WIBC.
*** YABA News ***
***** Parker Bohn III to kickoff American Scholarship Tournament's FL Debut *****
~ Funds $6,000 In Special "Bohn Zone" Scholarship Awards ~
Nineteen-time Professional Bowlers Association champion Parker Bohn III will make a special appearance on opening day of the American Scholarship Tournament at Brunswick Wekiva Lanes in Apopka, Florida. Scholarship awards valued at $50,000 will be up for grabs during the multi-weekend bowling event, which will be conducted in 12 skill divisions at two venues: Wekiva Lanes, as well as Stonehedge Family Fun Center in Akron, Ohio.
Bohn, official spokesperson for the tournament, entered the 1999 PBA season with 17 career titles, and has boosted that number by two with victories in the Columbia 300 Open in Austin, Texas, and the Empire State Open in Latham, New York. In addition to being a Hall of Fame-caliber bowler, Bohn also is recognized as one of the true gentlemen of the tour, having been honored with the PBA's Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award on four consecutive occasions.
Bohn has a special affinity with youth bowlers, and youngsters comprise a high percentage of the membership in the "Bohn Zone" fan club. As a special bonus, Bohn is funding $6,000 in special scholarships--$3,000 in Apopka and $3,000 in Akron--that will be available exclusively to "Bohn Zone" members.
Competition at each center will commence May 29 and continue through Aug. 1 with squads scheduled at 12 noon and 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. In Apopka, additional squads will be offered on July 8, 9 and 12-16. Bohn's appearance will encompass both opening day squads on May 29 at Wekiva Lanes.
"We were extremely pleased with the response to the 1998 tournament," said Gary Beck, president of Killer "B" Promotions, the company that organizes and conducts the event. "Our goal is to help as many young people as we can with their post-high school education, while rewarding bowling skill and promoting competitive bowling. Eventually, we'd like to be awarding more than a million dollars per year in scholarships."
Brunswick, the PBA Tour and Dexter USA share that same vision, and have signed to cosponsor the 1999 tournament.
Separate scholarship prize lists will be featured in Apopka and Akron, with awards increasing in value as youngsters' skill levels (averages) increase. The 12 skill divisions, and the first-place scholarship values, are as follows:
Division I, averages of 100 and under, $1,000; II, averages of 101-110, $1,100; III, averages of 111-120, $1,200; IV, averages of 121-130, $1,300; V, averages of 131-140, $1,400; VI, averages of 141-150, $1,500; VII, averages of 151-160, $1,600; VIII, averages of 161-170, $1,700; IX, averages of 171-180, $1,800; X, averages of 181-190, $1,900; Girls Open, $2,000; and Boys Open, $2,000.
In addition to competing for scholarship prizes in skill divisions, youngsters also will be shooting for berths in the new Spares, Strikes & Score event in four age divisions: 8 and under, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-19. Spares, Strikes & Score--similar to youth football's Punt, Pass & Kick competition and multi-event Olympic Games competitions--will place a premium on accuracy and be contested in conjunction with the 1999 Brunswick World Tournament of Champions in Overland Park, KS.
The entry fee for the American Scholarship Tournament, a five-game total pins competition, is $40, and each youngster is limited to two entries per venue.
"With the great turnout we had last year in Akron, and the addition of a new venue near the family entertainment destination of Orlando, we're expecting big things for the 1999 tournament," added Beck. "And the addition of Spares, Strikes & Score qualifying should make it even more exciting for the youngsters who take part and their families."
Youngsters may enter on-line at Killer 'B' Promotions or may obtain an entry form by calling the tournament's toll-free number: 888-BOWL-AST (269-5278). Those interested in joining the "Bohn Zone" may do so on-line at Parker Bohn III.
***** YABA Honor Scores Saluted Online *****
Know a YABA bowler who shot an honor score this year? Find your friends and the future of our sport by clicking here: Bowl YABA.
*** Miscellaneous News ***
Stock Update. Both stocks are up again this week.
Brunswick Corp. (BC) 24
AMF (PIN) 5 7/8
*** And Finally ***
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