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Kegler's Connection


   June 19, 1999

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Grandstand Redesign
     ~ Rick's Report from Tucson
     ~ Top 10 from Tucson
     ~ Bowling Forum Live from Lakewood
     ~ Scrambler Results
  * PBA/PWBA
     ~ National Bowling Stadium Open
     ~ ACDelco All-Star Classic
     ~ Support the Touring Pros--Join a Fan Club
  * WIBC/ABC
     ~ WIBC Offers New Award
     ~ Oldest ABC-Sanctioned League
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Grandstand Redesign *****
By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez
Hola Bowlers! Another week goes by, and so another edition of Kegler's Connection reaches your e-mail box. Things in the Bowling Forum (Available to AOL Members Only) are looking a little different these days, as the ENTIRE Grandstand received a facelift this week. People resist change, but we've added some features that make the hassle of new bookmarks a little easier to handle. The main Bowling Forum screen now includes links to the most frequently requested bowling websites (and can be directly accessed at) Bowling Web Links (Available to AOL Members Only) and soon we'll feature an FAQ to answer bowling's most asked questions. The Bowling Chat (Available to AOL Members Only) screen includes the weekly schedule so you'll never wonder "when's chat" only to find out you've already missed it.

***** Rick's Report from Tucson *****
By Rick Benoit
There is nothing better than a week at Tucson National Golf and Resort unless you can top it off with a condition that lets you play the gutter or hook the lane. They continued to use the shorter pattern and let the gutter hook more. How long that will last I have no idea but "What ever will be, will be" I would have said it like Doris Day sang it, but I couldn't spell it.

The opportunity to bowl on a different condition has excited some and stressed out others. It brings to mind all the talk on the message boards about who is better. Well, the best this week was someone who can go up the gutter or hook the lane.
Professional bowling is all about matching up, execution is a must. Some of the bowlers fall into it, while others do what ever is necessary to adapt.

There were many angles to get to the pocket but the bowlers that could go from pair to pair and have a higher percentage of carry fell into two categories, and there was one thing in common for both of them: The common denominator was the distance down the lane that their ball started to transition from skid to roll. If this transition was too far down the lane, the bowler was going to be complaining about carry and if they made a mistake, they better be on the top of their spare game because the 2-10 and the 4-9 are harder to pick up than the corner pins.

Trying to play the different parts of the lane required different game specific qualities.

Those that wanted to play outside benefited if they used a lower rev rate off their hand and had an arm swing that stayed on line. If you used too high a rev rate, it forced you to throw the ball harder and then you would suffer with the risk of having your breakpoint too far down lane. Whenever the high rev players tried to play out they were forced to use firm speed and they found over hook when they missed right but when the moved left to deal with it their firm speed created hang down lane. If they tried to slow down, the ball picked up in the front. There were quite a few bowlers who continued to get trapped in between. They would find a ball that would allow them to stay in their comfort zone and bang away, only to become frustrated with carry. It was my belief that the lower rev players should stay right and use a ball that rolled off the midlane instead of trying to create a skid-snap reaction. The other zone was meant for the high rev players.

The high rev players had a great shot if they were looking for the right thing. As soon as the bowler tried to move their break point further down lane, they suffered with lane amnesia--the lane would forget what it did with the ball reaction the last time it went down the lane. The secret was to move your breakpoint towards the foul line and open the lane by using increased angle through the front part of the lane. To do this you had to match your ball speed to allow you to do this. The amount of angle was directly related to the amount of hand the bowler was using. The high speed/high rev player was an example of the type of bowlers that got trapped. Usually the high speed/high rev player is looking for a later break point and does not like to slow down. That combination was death this week.

The show was a good example of what we saw all week. Their were multiple angles to the pocket. Speaking of multiple angles, I will be using them on my way up to Reno next week. I am tired of taking the desert route. I think I will stand right, throw left up interstate 10, try and read the midlane along interstate 15, and hook back right on highway 395. I hear that there is beautiful mountain drive along the way.

See you next week!
Rick


***** Top 10 from Tucson *****
By Rick Benoit
1, Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Orlando, FL, 15-9, %10133 Brunswick Walter Ray MVP
2, Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY, 13-11, %10098 Ebonite Cougar
3, David Ozio, Beaumont, TX, 13-11, 9,992 Brunswick Parker Bohn MVP, Deep Violet Pro Zone, Walter Ray MVP
4, Jason Couch, Clermont, FL, 14-9-1, 9,984 many balls but did his damamge with an Ebonite Cougar
5, Wayne Webb, Brentwood, CA, 16-8, 9,909, $4,000 The silver DTX ball
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Livermore, CA, 12-11-1, 9,843, $3,400 buzzsaw
7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA, 15-8-1, 9,836, $3,000 AMF MJ Slam
8, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 13-10-1, 9,825, $2,700 Track Contender
9, Norm Duke, Clermont, FL, 14-10, 9,788, $2,500 Faball Nail
10, Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH, 14-10, 9,765, $2,300 Track Contender


***** Bowling Forum Live from Lakewood *****
By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez
The PBA Tour rolls into Lakewood, California for the inaugural ACDelco All-Star Classic this week, and the Bowling Forum will be there live. GSTDHammer will be covering the tournament, interviewing players, and hosting chat from Cal Bowl. Keep checking the Forum Announcements (Available to AOL Members Only) folder for details and read more on the All-Star Classic in the PBA/PWBA section of Kegler's Connection.


***** Scrambler Results *****
This week's Scrambler winners were:

1st - GREGBILL2 - 179
2nd - IgotNoRevs - 167
3rd - Babyboy300 - 88
4th - Shawlalala - 67
5th DBarret69 - 33

2 DQed since they were not present at the end of the game. Congrats to the winners and join [email protected], for Scrambler every Monday night at 10 PM ET to see how you match up.


*** PBA/PWBA ***
***** National Bowling Stadium Open *****
Please note: The PBA telecast will air live on SUNDAY from 3-4 PM ET on CBS. Appearing on the telecast will be:

1, Ricky Ward
2, Tim Criss
3, Mike Miller
4, Danny Wiseman


***** ACDelco All-Star Classic *****
In a departure from the usual tournament formats, the ACDelco All-Star Classic will feature the top 60 some bowlers, working down to a 90-minute, 8-player telecast. For all the details, visit PBA Tour.


***** Support the Touring Pros--Join a Fan Club *****
By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez
Both the PBA and PWBA can use a little support. One way that fans can lend that support and get something in return is by joining a fan club. Details of each fan club follow.

The PBA Fan Club offers all the goodies you'd expect, a newsletter, a decal and the like. But it also offers merchandise discounts from companies affiliated with the PBA. Membership costs only $14.95 with an additional $3 S/H. To join, check out PBA Tour.

The PWBA has also launched a fan club that has a twist. Pay your $29.95 to join, receive the usual newsletter and trinkets, and later this summer, the PWBA might be paying YOU. A daily contest offers $100 to the lucky winners, and each Friday the winner receives $200. On Christmas Day, one lucky fan will receive a phone call telling them that the PWBA has left $10,000 in their stocking! The price is higher than the PBA's fan club, but the "loot" includes a solar calculator and the chance at prize money. For more info, visit Releases.


*** WIBC/ABC ***
***** WIBC Offers New Award *****
By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez
WIBC will be offering a new award during the 1999-2000 season geared for low-average bowlers. Bowlers with averages 115 and below will be eligible for a 400 series pin. ABC and WIBC have come under criticism for not catering to lower-average bowlers, so perhaps this pin is a step in the right direction. To see the pin and get more details on it, visit Bowl WIBC.


***** Oldest ABC-Sanctioned League *****
By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez
Next time you hear about a league that's been bowling for "years" think of this: The Drug Trade league in Baltimore, MD has been bowling for 103 years. The 18-team league isn't showing its age either--there's a waiting list for franchises. More on the league and its president can be found at Bowl ABC.


*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 5 5/8
Brunswick (BC) 25 1/8


*** And Finally ***
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