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Kegler's Connection

   May 18, 2001

 Kegler's Connection News:
       1. Welcome Notes
       2. Tip of the Week
       3. PWBA Website Gets Facelift
       4. Telecast Schedule
       5. Two Centurians Team Up for ABC Doubles, Break Record
       6. Hall, Rentchler Named YABA Youth Leaders of the Year
       7. YABA Stars
 Hollywood News
       8.  Comedy Central Sports a Strike
 College News
       9.  Robin Crawford, Adam Ott Capture ACUI All Events Titles in Florida
 Miscellaneous News:
       10. Stock Watch
       11. And Finally
1. Welcome Notes

Here's the latest news from the bowling world courtesy of Kegler's Connection, your weekly, free, email newsletter.  In this week's edition, you'll read about a new Comedy Central bowling show, two seniors who broke the ABC Championships Tournament age record, and George talks about developing a preshot routine.
2. Tip of the Week

This week, George talks about developing a preshot routine.

In any kind of bowling competition, it is important to get into a rhythm--league, tournament, or even practice.  Knowing what you are going to do when you get up to the approach goes a long way towards preparing for your shot.

Different people have different preshot routines.  Simply put, your preshot routine is a predetermined set of actions just prior to getting up on the approach.  For some people, the preshot routine is simply wiping the bowling ball off before throwing it.  For others, it is much much more complex.  Your preshot routine should be something you feel comfortable with, and are willing to repeat after every shot.  This is especially useful when in pressure situations.  The natural tendency is to rush, getting up as quickly as possible, and therefore not taking the time to make a good shot.  Having a set routine in place and following it will help your brain stay in that certain rhythm that it is accustomed to, and therefore your shot will be less rushed, and hopefully, it will pay off in the end.

Every good player has a preshot routine.  If you don't have one, work one into your game, you'll be glad you did.

Till next week :)
George Freeman

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3. PWBA Website Gets Facelift

The official Professional Women's Bowling Association website has gotten a facelift.  The new site contains bios, stats, a tour schedule and much more.  

Check out the new site at:
4. Telecast Schedule

PWBA, St. Clair Classic, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, May 21, 9:00 pm ET and Wednesday, May 23, at 1:00 pm ET.

PWBA, Omaha Open, ESPN2, (tape delay) Tuesday, May 29, 11:00 pm ET and Thursday, May 31, at 1:00 pm ET.

PBA, Seattle PBA Open, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 3, 12:30 pm ET

PBA, Northwest PBA Senior Classic, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 10, 12:30 pm ET

ABC Masters/PBA, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 17, 12:30 pm ET

PBA, The Orleans Casino PBA Senior Open, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 24,12:30 pm ET

Keep up to date on every bowling telecast by visiting:
5.  Two Centurians Team Up for ABC Doubles, Break Record

An American Bowling Congress (ABC) record was broken, as two old-timers competed in their very first ABC Championships Tournament at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on Saturday.

William Hargrove of Clermont, Ga., and Arthur Shaver of Atlanta, participated in the 2001 ABC Championships Tournament breaking the record for the oldest doubles pair to compete in ABC history.  Hargrove, who averages 129 at age 100, and Shaver, who averages 70 at age 103, have a combined age of 203, which exceeds their combined average of 199.  Jerry Ameling (83) and Joseph Lehnbeutter (82) of St. Louis set the previous age record of 165 back in 1955.

For more information on the pair, visit:
6. Hall, Rentchler Named YABA Youth Leaders of the Year

Amanda Hall of Orlando, FL, and Adam Rentchler of Springfield, MO, have been named YABA's 2001 Youth Leaders of the Year for their brilliance in leadership and long-time dedication to bowling.

Hall and Rentchler will each receive $2,000 scholarships and two-year terms on YABA's Board of Directors.

To learn more about the winners, visit:
7. YABA Stars

Another two weeks have passed, and the youth bowlers have continued to score big.  We congratulate the YABA bowlers for their accomplishments.

To see the honor scores bowled in the last two weeks, visit:
8. Comedy Central Sports a Strike

NEW YORK - From the heart of the Mid-West comes a sport so hot only COMEDY CENTRAL Sports can present it bowling! "People's Court" meets "Bowling for Dollars" in the new sports series, "Let's Bowl," premiering on Sunday, August 19 at 10:30 p.m. Competitors with a score to settle join hosts Wally & Chopper, as they battle for such prizes as used cars, microwave ovens or a brand new chainsaw!

"Let's Bowl," which originally aired on a local Minnesota affiliate, has rolled its way onto COMEDY CENTRAL, following the path of another Minnesota-based hit, "Mystery Science Theater 3000." Taped in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this half-hour comedy/variety bowling show recruits two ordinary people that have a "beef" to settle who compete against each other for semi-valuable prizes.

Read all about the new show at:
9. Robin Crawford, Adam Ott Capture ACUI All Events Titles in Florida

Robin Crawford of Morehead State University and Adam Ott of Michigan State University topped a field of 32 bowlers from 22 colleges in capturing the women's and men's all events titles, respectively, in the Association of College Unions International Championships May 12 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Crawford, the 2000 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow, earned the Marion Ladewig Award with 3,021. She had a 636 series in doubles, 601 in singles, 1,634 in eight matches plus 150 bonus pins for five victories in those matches.

Crawford, who one day earlier placed fifth in the WIBC Queens Tournament, commented that the ACUI tournament was entirely different from the intense competition of the televised Queens.

"I was more relaxed in this tournament and was with a more familiar group of bowlers," she said. "This is my last year of collegiate bowling and it's a great way to go out. I don't have any plans to turn pro yet. I'm a Canadian and am a member of Team Canada and I'd like to bowl with them internationally for a while longer."

Ott won the Joe Norris Award with 3,188. He started his journey by winning the men's doubles event. Ott had 663 and partner Anthony Corrao of Florida State University added 651 for 1,314. Ott added 576 in singles, 1,769 in match play plus 180 bonus pins for winning six matches.

"This is my last college tournament and I'm very happy with the way it ended," Ott said. "I don't have any plans or ambitions to go on the tour."

Elsewhere, Amy Rocco-Stolz and Andrew Cain of Arizona State University combined to win mixed doubles with 1,284. Rocco-Stolz had 684, the highest bowled in the tournament, and Cain added 600.

Rocco-Stolz paired with Jamie Wagner of Southwest Texas State University to win women's doubles with 1,200. Wagner added her 589 series to Rocco-Stolz's 611.

In singles, Amber Gazverde of Central Missouri State University captured the women's title with a 639 series, thanks to 202, 223 and 214 games. David Sher of State University New York Utica/Rome bowled 200, 254 and 190 games for 644 to top the men's field.

News and results from Florida can be found at:
10. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) 0.115 on 05/17/01 at 11:36 EDT.
Brunswick (BC) 23.70 on 05/17/01 at 12:52 EDT.
11. And Finally

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