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Kegler's Connection

   March 06, 2001

  Kegler's Connection News:
        1. Welcome Notes
        2. Tip of the Week
  PBA/PWBA News:
        3. Battle at Little Creek Results
        4. Couch Unanimous as BWAA Bowler of Month
        5. Terrell Named 2000 Robby Winner
        6. Bowling Equipment Travel Advisory for ABCs
        7. Las Vegas to Host National Mixed Championships
        8. Queens and Senior Queens Entries Available Online
  Miscellaneous News:
        9. Stock Watch
      10. And Finally
1. Welcome Notes

In this week's edition of Kegler's Connection you'll read about an airline travel advisory for flying with equipment into Reno, you'll read what changes are in store for the Festival of Bowling, and George offers advice on rebounding after a good game.
2. Tip of the Week

This week, George offers his thoughts on rebounding off a good game.

279 - 175 - 227

How many times have you seen a set like this? There are lots of reasons for why the second game in this pretend set is much lower than the other two games. Some are physical, some are mental.

One thing to realize is that even on house shots, the lanes change over a period of three games. Many times, when a bowler bowls really good in the first game, the lanes begin changing, or going into "transition." After such a good game, bowlers can be reluctant to adjust for the changing lane conditions, even when they start seeing changes in the way the ball reacts to the lane. It's important to not get too attached to where you start out playing the lanes, because rest assured, the lanes will change. So, be ready to move when you start seeing changes.

Also, when a bowler bowls a really good game in the first game, they sometimes unconsciously expect to do that well in the next game, or put unnecessary pressure on themselves to do just as well. If the bowler starts out the next game with a solid tap, or perhaps an errant shot, a sort of panic can set in. Thinking, "Uh oh, I can't miss another spare." Any kind of negative emotions will hinder your shot making, because now, instead of just letting the shot happen, you'll be forcing yourself to make better shots. The more conscious thinking that goes into a shot, the less likely the chance the shot will be good. Just remember, you can't control what happened last frame, and the next frame hasn't happened yet. The only thing you can control is the frame you are in at that moment. If you make a bad shot, be able to recognize that you did indeed make a bad shot, and let it go at that. Don't dwell on it, that will just cause more negative emotions.

Just remember, every game is contained within itself, a bad game doesn't have to be two bad games, and one good game doesn't insure two good games. Try to keep the focus, no matter what the night throws at you.

Till next time,
George Freeman - [email protected]

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3. Battle at Little Creek Results

1. Steve Wilson, $20,000
2. Jason Couch, $10,000
3-4 (semi-finals). Brian Himmler & Tony Reyes, $ 5,000

The PBA Tour now goes on hiatus until September. Don't go through withdrawal, visit to find out about regional tournaments in your area.

To find out the balls and drillings of what the pros were using on the telecasts this swing, visit:
4. Couch Unanimous as BWAA Bowler of the Month

Jason Couch unanimously was selected Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Month for February by voting members of a select panel of the organization, BWAA President Dan Glus announced today.

Couch, a 31-year-old left-hander from Clermont, Fla., won his ninth career Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) title by defeating Chris Barnes of Wichita, Kan., 223-201 in the outdoor finals of The Villages (Fla.) PBA Open. Couch also registered second-, third-, and 13th-place finishes in Burlington, N.C., Latham, N.Y., and Toledo, Ohio, respectively, during the month.

Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., who captured his second championship this year and his 26th career PBA title at his own tournament the Parker Bohn III Empire State Open in Latham, N.Y. was runner-up in the balloting.

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ROCKFORD, IL-Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif., won a tiebreak vote winning the Robby Award for the third time in her career, the most any PWBA player has ever been named. Kim won the tiebreaker with Leanne Barrett of Pleasanton, Calif., who had also won the honor twice before. The Robby Award is voted by the touring players and given to a bowler who "best exemplifies the most positive image of women in professional bowling, both on the lanes and off." The award is named in honor of Charles E. (Robby) Robinson, the inventor of one of the world's most popular wrist devices and a long-time supporter of women's bowling.

"It is truly an honor to win this award, especially for the third time," exclaimed Terrell. "I always strive to be as professional as I can on and off the lanes. We are like a family when we are on tour and I do my best to treat everyone as that."

Sixteen others were nominated for this prestigious award. Three other players were only one vote from Barrette and Terrell just avoiding a three-way tie. During the revote, most of the players wanted Barrette and Terrell to win. But there could only be one winner; Terrell was voted by 61% of the votes, another close vote. A good example of Barrette's and Terrell's sportsmanship was shown in the voting. Barrette and Terrell voted for one another on both occasions.

"It's great that so many other players were nominated," added Terrell. "It shows that we have a class act of professionals as part of our organization that I am proud to be a part of. I would like to share this award with Leanne and all of the other nominees."

Terrell is a classy professional respected by all. Her great personality and courtesy never goes unnoticed. The highly respected PWBA star is a member of the Ebonite Pro Staff and is going into her 13th year as a professional. Over her career, Terrell was a two-time Collegiate All-American, a member of Team USA in 1987 to 1988, voted PWBA Ebonite Rookie of the Year in 1989, and a two-time Bowler's Journal All-American (1990, 95').

Terrell also had a great year on tour in 2000. She had eight top ten finishes and qualified for three TV finals. Her best finish was third in the WIBC Queens. She was able to stay consistent and cash in 21 out of 23 events, earning $50,615, thirteenth best on tour. Kim's consistency has kept her ranked in the top ten for the last five years. She finished tenth in average with 210.03 for 799 games and bowled two perfect games, bringing her total to 21 for her career. One of her 300's set a match play record with Michelle Feldman. Terrell and Feldman bowled the first ever perfect games against each other in match play competition in the Paula Carter Classic at Don Carter Lanes in Davie, FL.
6. Bowling Equipment Travel Advisory for ABCs

As bowlers are making their way to Reno for the ABC Championships Tournament, the ABC tournament website has offered an advisory from the major airlines flying into Reno regarding their individual policies on checked and carryon baggage. Rather than be surprised at check in, visit the site and learn what you need to know for hassle-free flying to Reno.

For the entire advisory, visit:

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7. Las Vegas to Host National Mixed Championships

GREENDALE, Wis.- The American Bowling Congress and the Women's International Bowling Congress have announced the return of the National Mixed Championships. The tournament will be held this summer from July 6-Aug. 5, at Castaways Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

The National Mixed Championships, which debuted in 1991 before being renamed the Festival of Bowling, returns to its original name this year. The National Mixed Championships will make its debut in Las Vegas after three years in Reno, Nev., at the National Bowling Stadium.

"The change back to the National Mixed Championships is the beginning of some exciting changes we have planned for this tournament," said David Biber, National Mixed Championships Tournament Director. "We are bringing the National Mixed Championships back into the spotlight. People just didn't identify the National Mixed Championships with the Festival of Bowling."

"With the new dates and the move to Las Vegas, bowlers from all over the country will be able to enjoy this tournament," Biber said. "We wanted to make the National Mixed Championships a vacation. The move to Las Vegas will make it more affordable for our competitors to attend the tournament."

The National Mixed Championships will offer more than $200,000 in estimated prize funds and a variety of events for bowlers to enter.

"The National Mixed Championships has something for everyone," Biber said. "You don't need a team to compete in many of our events."

The deadline for entries to keep requested dates and squads must be postmarked by June 15 while the deadline for the remainder of the entries must be postmarked July 5.

For more information on the ABC/WIBC National Mixed Championships, including entry forms and rules, visit or contact David Biber at 414/423-3328 or [email protected].

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8. Queens and Senior Queens Entries Available Online

WIBC bowlers interested in either the Queens tournament or the Senior Queens tournament May 7 through May 11 can download the application online at:
9. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) .125 at 15:59 EST on 03/06/01
Brunswick (BC) 22.25 at 16:01 EST on 03/06/01
10. And Finally

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