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Kegler's Connection

   April 10, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ HOST GSTD Bundy Named Collegiate Bowler of the Year
     ~ Scrambler Chat
     ~ Grandstand Bowling Pages Update
     ~ Tip of the Week
     ~ Rick's Report
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PBA Announces LIVE Fall Telecast Schedules
     ~ Bowling Inc. Seeks ABC Championships Tournament Director
     ~ ABC Strikes Deal with Radisson in Support of Charity
     ~ YABA Honor Scores
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** HOST GSTD Bundy Named Collegiate Bowler of the Year *****
As reported in Sunday's Miami Herald, we'd like to congratulate our very own HOST GSTD Bundy, Jeff P., on being named Collegiate Bowler of the Year by the Bowling Writers Association of America. The honor comes with a $1,000 scholarship, which the University of Miami law student can put to good use.

***** Scrambler Chat This Monday *****
It's that time again! Join SteveM as bowling fans compete for bragging rights this Monday during Scrambler Chat. We've added new chats, so if games aren't up your alley, find a chat time that's good for you at AOL Keyword GSBowling.

***** Grandstand Bowling Pages Update *****
The Grandstand Bowling Pages have been updated, fresh with the picture of the GSTDs, ABC Albuquerque style and Diva's latest column on gearing up for summer. This is regular URL, so it's accessible from places you don't necessarily have AOL.

***** Tip of the Week *****
This week's tip is from HOST GSTD Maul, our very own, George Freeman.

In bowling, as in pretty much every other aspect of life, you have high points and low points. It's easy to get caught up in emotional dynamic when you are on the lanes. If you're bowling good, you feel invincible. When you're struggling, it can feel like the entire world is against you. Everyone, even the national tour players, bowl games in the 130s, so nobody's perfect. Don't get down on yourself for a bad set, bad game, bad frame, etc. Once the negative thoughts creep in, they will manifest themselves and turn a bad frame into three bad frames, into a bad game, into a bad set--you get the idea. The biggest fallacy I've heard in bowling is, "you're only as good as your last game." That's simply not true. If you are a 200 average bowler and you shoot 140, does that make you a 140 average player all of a sudden? NOT. Like I said, EVERYONE has a bad day, don't let it get to you.

***** Rick's Report from The Villages *****
Special thanks to Rick Benoit for keeping tabs on the players during their week in Florida!

On the show:

Matt Buxton used an El Nino 2000. He used alot of companies' equipment during qualifying including Track Enforcer, Brunswick HPH and HPD, and the Storm La Nina and the El Nino 2000.

John Hricsina used a La Nina. He used that ball much of the week (he is a Storm staffer).

Gary Hiday used an Ebonite Matrix. He used that ball most of the week.

Dave Davis used a Command Zone and an HPH during the week and the Command Zone on the show.

Roger Workman used a Chaos on the show. He had used a TI Boss II most of the week.

Steff Neff used an AMF Night Hawk Torque on the show. Steve used a Faball Spike, a Command Zone, and HPD, a Brunswick Missile, an AMF Night Hawk Low Torque and an AMF Revenge during qualifying. Incentives played a huge role in his decision for the show. AMF paid $3,000 more to win with either the Night Hawk or Revenge.

Gene Stus used a HPD and a Riot Zone on the show. He used the HPD all week long. He started with the Riot Zone on the show because the lane condition during the outdoor event was breaking down and the Riot Zone carried better. It was quite obvious after two frames that he really wanted to use the ball he had used all week, so he pulled it out in the third frame. It was obvious that Roger had the better carry angle. It was not hard to get to the pocket but carry was definitely better going up the lane.

*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PBA Announces LIVE Fall Telecast Schedule *****
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Fall Tour schedule for 2000 features seven events all to be televised by ESPN. Six of those events are scheduled to be televised live on consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning October 10. The final Fall Tour event is set for Saturday, Nov. 25, and will be taped earlier that week.

The first five events are scheduled to air from 8-9:30 p.m. (ET). The sixth event (Nov. 14) is scheduled to be broadcast from 9:30-11 p.m. (ET) and the final event (Nov. 25) is set to be televised from 4-5:30 p.m. (ET). Each tournament is expected to feature the eight-man championship round format.


(All events televised live by ESPN unless otherwise noted)

Oct. 7-10
Track Canandaigua Open
Tuesday, Oct. 10, ESPN, 8-9:30 PM ET
Roseland Bowl, Canandaigua, N.Y.

Oct. 14-17
Brunswick Johnny Petraglia Open
Tuesday, Oct. 17, ESPN, 8-9:30 PM ET
Brunswick Carolier Lanes, North Brunswick, N.J.

Oct. 21-24
Flagship Open
Tuesday, Oct. 24, ESPN, 8-9:30 PM ET
Eastway Lanes, Erie, Pa.

Oct. 28-31
Indianapolis Open
Tuesday, Oct. 31, ESPN, 8-9:30 PM ET
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis

Nov. 3-7
Brunswick World Tournament of Champions
Tuesday, Nov. 7, ESPN, 8-9:30 PM ET
Brunswick Zone-Deer Park, Lake Zurich, Ill.

Nov. 11-14
Columbia 300 Open
Tuesday, Nov. 14, ESPN, 8-9:30 PM ET
Highland Lanes, Austin, Texas

*Nov. 18-21
Saturday, Nov. 25, ESPN, 4-5:30 PM ET
*Tape delayed event

*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** Bowling Inc. Seeks ABC Championships Tournament Director *****
The American Bowling Congress and Bowling Inc. are seeking to fill the position of Senior Event Manager/Tournament Director--ABC Championships Tournament. The position has become available with the planned retirement of current Tournament Director, Hal Kominski, following the 2001 Championships Tournament in Reno, NV.

Although Kominski, Director since 19??, is not due to retire until the conclusion of next year's tournament, Bowling Inc. wants to fill the position as soon as possible so the new Director can be brought up to speed to ensure a smooth transition. The learning process will involve co-directing the 2001 tournament with Kominski.

For more info and job requirements, visit:

***** ABC Strikes Deal with Radisson in Support of Charity ******
The American Bowling Congress (ABC) announced an agreement with the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, Albuquerque, NM, designating the hotel as the headquarters for the 2000 ABC Masters Championship. The ABC Masters, June 12-17, will feature an expected sellout field of over 500 bowlers, including nearly 100 touring professionals, competing in the arena setting of the Albuquerque Convention Center.

In addition, the deal includes Radisson's agreement to donate $2.00 to the AMF/ Tour for every bowler's room night throughout the entire run of the 2000 ABC/Sandia Casino Championships Tournament. The AMF/ Tour is an unprecedented national public awareness and fundraising tour to increase funding for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) medical research. Thomas Becker, ABC member and Guinness World Record Marathon Bowler, will bowl across the country this summer, throwing 100 strikes in each state in 100 days in support of SMA. Becker recently broke his existing Guinness record for marathon bowling as part of the ABC/Sandia Casino National Championships opening ceremonies, bowling continuously for 30 hours, 48 minutes.

For more information, visit

***** YABA Honor Scores *****
More great shooting by today's junior bowlers. If you know someone who made the list, congratulate them. And while you're at it, thank a junior coach/volunteer. They're the ones who make junior bowling possible each week.

For the listings, visit

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 2 1/16 at 15:48 EDT on 4/07/2000
Brunswick (BC) 18 1/4 at 16:02 EDT on 4/07/2000

*** And Finally ***
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