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Kegler's Connection

   June 27, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Welcome Notes
     ~ New Book Blames Society for League Bowling's Decline
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PBA Wichita Open Begins
     ~ Dave Davis Wins First Title since 1996
     ~ ABC Tournament Winners and Low to Cash
     ~ ABC 2001 Info
     ~ Post Your League Sheets on -- FREE
     ~ YABA Top Stars
  * Team USA/World Team Challenge
     ~ Illinois Team Dominates at Home during World Team Challenge Qualifier
  * BPAA/Bowl Expo
     ~ Bowling Industry Smashes Attendance Records at International Bowl Expo
     ~ Second Annual Tequila Rose Mixed Doubles Tournament
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Welcome Notes *****
Coming off their Lilac presence, several GSTDs will be invading Cincinnati to bowl at the Hoinke later this week to defend their $17.40 checks from last year and represent Kegler's Connection and the Bowling Forum. This also explains the delay in this week's edition as we made a side trip to Cedar Point and will take in Kings Island later this week. I will say that the fear of striking out in the tenth is nothing compared to the 300 ft. drop of Millennium Force.

Meanwhile have a safe and sane Fourth of July, and we'll see you again from the Left Coast.

Gotta Split,

***** New Book Blames Society For League Bowling's Decline *****
By Steve Mermelstein

Professor of Public Policy and Harvard University Clinical Scientist, Robert D. Putnam, writes in his new book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, that today's society has become increasingly disconnected from civic life and social networks such as bowling leagues and proposes that this phenomenon symbolizes a much broader and vitally significant social change.

After years of research, Putnam validates his original thesis: that over the past thirty years we have become ever more alienated from one another and from our social and political institutions, and that this disengagement poses a critical threat to our personal health, local communities, and national well-being.

According to Putnam's research we spend about 35% less time visiting with friends than we did thirty years ago, and American families have dinner together only two-thirds as often as they did a generation ago, belong to fewer organizations that meet, know our neighbors less, and even socialize with our extended families less often. By virtually any possible measure, Putnam found, Americans today are increasingly disengaged, not only from the public sphere, but from informal and private social relations. Putnam believes that these disconnections can directly explain why people have lost interest in league bowling and why it continues to decline.

*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PBA Wichita Open Begins *****
Tuesday marks the beginning of the Wichita Open for the PBA Tour. The telecast is scheduled to air Saturday, July 1, at 4 to 5:30 PM ET. Please check local listings for exact times in your area.

***** Dave Davis Wins First Title since 1996 *****
LAS VEGAS -- Dave Davis won his first title in four years June 23, and was almost apologetic about it.

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Famer from West Palm Beach, Fla., defeated good friend Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 215-187, to win the inaugural Orleans Casino Senior Open at The Orleans Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center. The win was the fourth of Davis' senior career (he also has 18 National Tour titles) and earned him $18,000.

"I still don't understand how I won today," said Davis. "Some weeks you finish 10th and feel like you should have won. This week I'm standing here shaking my head trying to figure out how I ended up the winner. I feel so bad for Dick . . . he's a good friend and he really should have won this event. Good things just didn't happen for him today."

Davis secured a spot in the title match after sneaking by Johnny Petraglia and Ron Krippelcz in the semifinal "shootout" match. Davis finished the match first, posting a 197 score. Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ, and Krippelcz, St. Louis, each had a chance to win if either could strike on his first shot in the 10th frame. Neither did as Krippelcz finished with a score of 195 and Petraglia had a 190 game. Petraglia, who qualified second, earned $9,000 for third and Krippelcz garnered $8,000 for fourth.

"I thought I threw both of those shots well," said Baker of the two costly splits that left him with the second-place check for $10,000. "The lanes were breaking down fast and I guess I didn't get the extension I needed on those shots and they went high."

Since Davis' last win (1996 ABC Senior Masters), he has had surgery
on his right knee that almost ended his career.

The PBA Senior Tour will conclude the summer with the Northern
California Senior Classic (non-televised) at Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood,
Calif., July 2-6.

For more information, visit

*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** ABC Tournament Winners and Low to Cash *****
The ABC Tournament is complete, and the winners and low to cash have been announced. Congratulations to all who competed!

Results can be found at

***** ABC 2001 Info *****
If you haven't already signed up, get your teams together for the 98th annual ABC Championship held in Reno, NV next February through June. To reserve team spots, a $150 deposit is required, with the balance due by October 1st. Prime dates and times are still available, but are filling fast.

For more information, visit

***** Post Your League Standings Sheets on - FREE *****
The Standings Sheets service is now available on Whether
your summer league is in full swing, or you are gearing up for fall leagues,
register your league with the standings sheets service now. is the only national Web site officially recognized by the ABC,
WIBC and YABA for online league standings sheets. The league
standings sheets feature is a benefit of ABC, WIBC, and YABA membership. To
add a league to, it must be sanctioned by the ABC, WIBC, or YABA.

To sign up or for more information visit:

***** YABA Top Stars ****
YABA salutes its honor score shooters, and Kegler's Connection is proud to link readers to them. Find out what tomorrow's adult bowlers are shooting today.


*** Team USA/World Team Challenge ***
*****Illinois Team Dominates at Home during World Team Challenge Qualifier *****
KR Industries of Glen Ellyn, IL took the Chicago area World Team Challenge qualifier June 25. Complete results can be found at

*** BPAA/Bowl Expo ***
***** Bowling Industry Smashes Attendance Records at International Bowl Expo *****
ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- International Bowl Expo 2000 was a resounding success as nearly 5,200 total registrants gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada this past week. This group of record-breaking attendees representing an increase of approximately 1,000 from 1999 as industry representatives from around the world descended upon the Las Vegas Hilton and Las Vegas Convention Center for the largest event ever held in the bowling industry.

With more than 500 'first time' registrants and 110 'first time' exhibitors added to the record-breaking event, large contingencies from the European Bowling Proprietors' Association, the Japanese Bowling Proprietors Association as well as, numerous colleagues from China, Australia, Canada, South America, Mexico and the Middle East were in attendance.

The 2000 Expo presented attendees with an exhibition of more than 1,000 booths representing the range of new and standard products and services available to the bowling industry. Thousands of bowling center, pro shop and other related bowling operators spread throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center exhibit floor on Wednesday and Thursday in search of the industry's most current and innovative products and services.

The Bowl Expo site can be accessed at

***** Second Annual Tequila Rose Mixed Doubles Tournament *****
The McCormick Distilling Co., Inc. and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) have announced the second annual Tequila Rose National Mixed Doubles Tournament.

Building on the success of last year's inaugural tournament which had its finals in Las Vegas, the upcoming year's event will be even bigger and more exciting, with more on-site involvement and support at local, regional, and national levels and an increased finals purse of $90,000.

Qualifying competitions will take place at the state level during Fall 2000. The National Finals will be held in Spring 2001 at a site to be determined.

For more information, visit

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 0 3/4 at 13:45 EDT on 06/272000
Brunswick (BC) 16 3/4 at 13:48 EDT on 06/27/2000

*** And Finally ***
Don't miss a thing; stay connected with Kegler's Connection for updates on telecasts, the pro tours, and news from the other acronyms (ABC, WIBC, YABA) of bowling.

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