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Kegler's Connection

   June 15, 2001

 Kegler's Connection News:
       1. Welcome Notes
       2. Tip of the Week
       3. Greater San Diego Open TV Top Five
       4. PWBA Adopts New Amateur Participation Guidelines
       5. Telecast Schedule
       6.  ABC Masters Results
       7.  YABA Top Stars
       8.  Sport Bowling Rolls Out August 1
 College Bowling News:
       9.  15 Women's Team Make NCAA Bid
       10.  CBUSA Update
 Miscellaneous News:
       11. Stock Watch
       12. And Finally
1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to Kegler's Connection.  We're back from Reno, and quite proud of team I and their finish near 100th place.  In this issue, you'll find out where to read the ABC Masters results, you'll learn about new PWBA amateur participation rules, and George offers suggestions on determining your ball weight for beginners.
2. Tip of the Week

This week, George tells beginners how to determine a good starting ball weight.

Getting a bowling ball for the first time can be a very tricky venture, especially when choosing the ball's weight.  You want to make sure you're happy with the ball you choose because after all, once your bowling ball has holes in it, it would be very difficult to bring it back if you don't like it.

A good starting point when trying to decide what weight would be right for you is to take 10% of your body weight. If you weigh 145 pounds, start out trying a 14 or 15 pounder.  Depending on each individual's physical make up, you might want to go up a pound in weight, or even down a pound or two.  You want to find a weight that is heavy enough that you aren't slinging it down the lanes at a high rate of speed, but not to get exhausted by the third game of league.

So how do you go about finding the right weight without spending $1000 on bowling balls experimenting?  Open bowling.  In 99.9% of bowling centers across America, bowling centers provide "house balls" for people who do not have one to use.  They range in every weight permissible by ABC regulations, and have an abundant number on hand.  As a rule, the heavier the ball, the bigger the holes are on house balls.  These bowling balls will not fit your hand perfectly, but they will give you a general idea about how much weight you can physically handle without feeling like you're going to kill yourself in the process.  When you find a suitable weight, go into your certified pro shop and tell them what you need.  They will be more than happy to help you.

Hopefully this will give you a head start in finding what you're looking for in a bowling ball.  Next week, I'll discuss ball weights for the more advanced bowler.

Till next time :)
George Freeman

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3. Greater San Diego Open Top Five

Appearing on Monday's telecast will be:

 1 Anne Marie Duggan
 2 Cara Honeychurch
 3 C. Dorin-Ballard
 4 Stacy Rider
 5 Kim Adler
Cheer on your favorite PWBA pro at:
4. PWBA Adopts New Amateur Participation Guidelines

ROCKFORD, Ill. - Top women amateur bowlers may compete and cash in Professional Women's Bowling Association national tournaments on a limited basis under a new eligibility policy, PWBA President John Falzone announced today.

Effective immediately and applying for the remainder of 2001, a woman bowler who meets the minimum average guidelines for PWBA membership at the regional level (a 180 average for at least 66 league games in each of the two previous league seasons) and satisfies all attendant provisions mandated by the PWBA (e.g., applicants under the age of 18 must submit parental consent in writing to compete) may participate in any PWBA national tournament except for the Hammer Players Championship and the PWBA Invitational. In addition, she may cash in up to three national PWBA tournaments in each calendar year before being required to join the PWBA as either a regional or national member or forego the privilege of participating in additional tournaments that year. The WIBC Queens Championship, the BPAA U.S. Open, and any PWBA national doubles tournaments will not count toward the three-cash limit.

The new provisions do not affect the rule regarding participation in PWBA regional tournaments, where amateurs may keep any prize money they earn. They also do not affect rule XXII (A)(2(a) regarding Rookie of the Year consideration, whereby any bowler who bowls in four or more PWBA tournaments during her life, whether as an amateur or as a PWBA member, becomes ineligible for that award.

"Our members felt that our previous rule had proved to be too restrictive, and that some very good amateur bowlers who had the potential to compete on the tour were staying away because it wasn't financially feasible for them to 'test the waters' first," Falzone said. "It's never been our intention to discourage talented amateurs from joining the PWBA, and we're hopeful that this rules change encourages more of them to compete with and join the greatest women bowlers in the world."

Amateurs will be required to pay a higher entry fee than members. They will also be required to attend the orientation meeting as scheduled by the PWBA Tournament Director prior to competing in their first national tournament.

Falzone also announced a rules modification concerning PWBA regional players' participation in national tournaments. previously, a regional member could bowl in a maximum of three national tournaments a year. Under the revision, regional members may now bowl in more than three national events per year (except the Hammer Players Championship), but for the fourth and every tournament thereafter, the entry fee will increase to the amateur fee. In lieu of paying the higher entry fee, regional players may opt to upgrade their membership status to national level provided they meet national membership eligibility requirements.

What do you think? Comment on the new guidelines at:
5. Telecast Schedule

PWBA, Wheelchair Awareness Classic, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, June 11, 10:30 pm ET and Sunday, June 17, at 3:00 *am* ET.
ABC Masters/PBA, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 17, 12:30 pm ET
PWBA, Greater San Diego Open, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, June 18, 9 pm ET and Thursday, June 21, at 1:00 pm ET
PBA, The Orleans Casino PBA Senior Open, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 24, 12:30 pm ET
PWBA, Fort Worth Classic, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, June 25, 9 pm ET and Thursday, June 28, at 1:00 pm ET

Keep up to date on every bowling telecast by visiting:
6. ABC Masters Results

Contestants in the 2001 ABC Masters are currently competing in Reno.  After ten games of qualifying, the top 63 will join last year's winner, Mika Koivuniemi for bracket-style competition.  The top 5 will air this Sunday.  In the meantime, get round-by-round (and even squad-by-squad) results by visiting:
or by visiting:
7. YABA Top Stars

Once again, it's time to salute the youth bowlers who bowl have outscored most of the adults in the country.  
To find the great youth bowlers from your area, visit:
8. Sport Bowling Rolls Out August 1

Sport Bowling will be rolled out Aug. 1 as an optional sanctioned competition level for ABC and WIBC members of all abilities. Bowlers will receive exclusive Sport Bowling benefits, awards and merchandise for a $9 annual fee in addition to the ABC or WIBC local, state/provincial and national dues.  

For bowlers interested in learning how to promote it in their area, visit:
or visit:
9. 15 Women's Team Make NCAA Bid

College Bowling USA has announced that 15 schools have expressed interest in adding women's collegiate bowling to their athletic programs at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) varsity level. In addition, 12 of the 15 interested schools would compete within the same conference.

There are currently 27 schools that participate in women's bowling at the NCAA varsity level. If the addition of the 15 interested schools is successful, women's bowling will have exceeded the 40-team minimum the NCAA has required for the advancement of women's bowling to full sport status with a NCAA National Championship.

For more on the story, visit:
10. CBUSA Update

College Bowling USA has announced the resignation of Director of Collegiate Bowling Diane Olson. Olson departs to pursue other career opportunities after spending more than two years as CBUSA's Director.

Olson was responsible for overseeing the transition/addition of several women's bowling squads to NCAA status, including the possible addition of 15 schools for the 2001-2002 season. She also administered all aspects of college bowling at the club and junior college level, in addition to the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships, CBUSA's annual national championships for both men and women. To ensure future success for College Bowling USA, Central Missouri State University Women's Head Bowling Coach Ron Holmes has been appointed CBUSA's Interim Varsity Bowling Manager.

Read more about it at:
11. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) 0.10 on 06/14/01 at 15:56 EDT.
Brunswick (BC) 23.91 on 06/14/01 at 16:02 EDT.

Confirm all data with your broker or financial advisor before trading.
12. And Finally

Tell us what you want to know this summer so you're ahead when leagues resume in the fall.  Send story ideas, press releases, and suggestions for future bowling tips to: [email protected]

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