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Kegler's Connection

   June 27, 2001

 Kegler's Connection News:
       1. Welcome Notes
       2. Tip of the Week
       3. PWBA Greater Memphis Open Results
       4. Adler First Woman to Shoot Sport Bowling 800
       5. Johnson Sets 201 Consecutive Tournament Record
       6. PBA Announces New Format for Fall
       7. Telecast Schedule
       8. ABC/WIBC Senior Championships
       9.  YABA Top Stars
       10. Represent your Country!
       11. Site For Bowling's 2001 U.S. Open Announced
 World Team Challenge News:
       12. Scroggins Pro Shop Takes Tulsa WTC
       13. Clean Series Helps New Bowl Rite Lanes Capture New Jersey Event
 Miscellaneous News:
       14. Stock Watch
       15. And Finally
1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to Kegler's Connection.  In this issue, you'll read about PWBA pros Kim Adler and Tish Johnson in the headlines, two World Team Challenge qualifying events, how you can bowl for the USA, the site for Bowling's 2001 US Open, and George continues his discussion of ball weights.
2. Tip of the Week

This week, George discusses ball weight guidelines for more experienced bowlers.

Last week I discussed some guidelines for bowlers who are in the market for their first ball.  However, proper ball weight is just as important to determine for the experienced bowler, even more so actually.  The common misconception regarding ball weight for advanced players is that you need the heaviest ball you can manage, up to 16 pounds.  This is simply not the case anymore.  Many top PBA players have proven that going to lighter equipment (mid-to-low 15 pounders, and even some high 14 pounders) can be just as effective.  Plus, the lighter weight provides less strain on the body, allowing you to bowl at a more proficient level much longer.  Many times what happens in a tournament format is that the bowler tires out from all the games.  They wind up making poorer shots because they simply do not have the physical strength to maintain their style and release.  The pin carry for the lighter equipment is negligible, and the physical benefits outweigh difference anyway.  Senior players will benefit from it especially.

Is going to a lighter ball right for you?  Again, it depends on both personal preference and individual physical makeup.  However, I would highly recommend at least trying it with just one ball.  There are plenty if inexpensive balls on the market today, pick one and try it.  If it isn't for you, then you haven't lost much.  But if it works, the benefits will outweigh the cost you incur immeasurably.

Till next time :)
George Freeman

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3. PWBA Greater Memphis Open Results

The PWBA has hit Memphis, but no sightings of Elvis have been made as of yet.  To catch the round-by-round matchplay results for your favorite lady pros, visit

Cheer on your favorite PWBA pro at:
4. Adler First Woman to Shoot Sport Bowling 800

Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., became the first woman to bowl an 800 series on the American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Sport Bowling lane condition June 12 in the Professional Women's Bowling Association Wheelchair Awareness Classic in Mesa, Ariz.

Adler's first career 800 series, an 823, included 234, 289 and 300 games. The 11-year pro became the second professional woman bowler to roll a perfect game on the Sport Bowling condition, joining Dede Davidson, Las Vegas.

The PWBA utilized the Sport Bowling condition at four national tournament stops, the St. Clair Classic, Miller High Life Open, Albuquerque Open and Wheelchair Awareness Classic.

In an effort to place more emphasis on shot-making skills and improve the overall ability of each bowler, the ABC and WIBC have jointly implemented the optional Sport Bowling program.

It consists of sanctioned leagues and tournaments conducted on more challenging lane conditions than those found in standard leagues or tournaments.

Is Sport Bowling the savior of the sport?  Talk about it at:
5. Johnson Sets 201 Consecutive Tournament Record

Tish Johnson is professional bowling's new "ironwoman," with 201 consecutive tournaments under her belt and no end to the string in sight.

Johnson surpassed Jan Schmidt of Rochelle, Ill., who previously held the Professional Women's Bowling Association record for most consecutive tournaments by an individual, when she completed the first block of competition June 18 at the Fort Worth Classic at Don Carter Cityview Lanes in Fort Worth, Texas. Schmidt had put the PWBA record at 200 during the 1999 season.

Johnson, a 39-year-old lefthander from Northridge, Calif., has been competing on the PWBA circuit since 1982 and has been the tour's Player of the Year twice (1992 and 1995). She is the only woman to capture a "megabucks" bowling championship, winning the $100,000 first prize in the 1996 Super Hoinke Classic in Cincinnati. Johnson also is only $1,560 away from becoming the third woman to surpass $1 million in career earnings and could cross the barrier this week in Fort Worth by finishing seventh or better.

The 24-time national titlist makes no secret of her desire to set the "ironwoman" standard as high as she possibly can.

I'm a competitor, and I plan to bowl as long as I think I can compete, and as long as my knees hold out," said Johnson, who has had seven knee surgeries.

"I decided to set the goal of having the most consecutive tournaments so that, after I retire, people will remember my name. There have been some great bowlers in the past, like [23-time titlist] Patty Costello, but you never hear of them anymore. I want to push the standard so high that everyone will remember who I was and the contributions I made to the sport of bowling."

Discuss Johnson's incredible feat at:
6. PBA Announces New Format for Fall

The PBA announced the new format for tournaments beginning this fall, including Pro Tour Qualifiers, 128-man fields, and bracket-style competition concluding with a four-match telecast of five bowlers.

Get complete details at:
7. Telecast Schedule

PWBA, Fort Worth Classic, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, June 25, 9 pm ET and Thursday, June 28, at 1:00 pm ET
PWBA, Greater Memphis Open, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, July 2, 9 pm ET and Thursday, July 5, at 1:00 pm ET
PWBA, Southern Virginia Open, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, July 9, 9 pm ET and Thursday, July 12, at 1:00 pm ET
PWBA, Shore Lanes, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, Monday, July 16, 9 pm ET and Wednesday, July 18, at 1:00 pm ET
PWBA Lady Ebonite Kentucky Classic, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, July 23, 9 pm ET and Friday, July 27, at 1:00 pm ET
PWBA Clabber Girl Greater Terre Haute Open, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, July 30, 9

The PWBA then goes on hiatus until September.  The PBA National Tour will resume live telecasts on September 18, 2001.

Keep up to date on every bowling telecast by visiting:
8. ABC/WIBC Senior Championships

After two days of fierce competition June 16-17, eight state/provincial winners emerged as champions at the American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Senior Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

In Division A (age70-over), Ivan Sturm, Herlong, Calif., and Georgia Ryan, Kooskia, Idaho, were duly tested as they fought their way through two rounds of qualifying and the match play segment to affirm themselves as champions in their respective divisions.

The 356 entrants earned their right to compete nationally by winning titles in their state and provincial tournaments. Two qualifying rounds of three games each were bowled and the top three of each division advanced into the match play segment. Since the divisions are based on age rather than average, the competition is handicapped.

In addition to specially designed trophies, each WIBC Senior champion won $700 and each ABC Senior champion won prize money of $1,000.

Read about all the winners at:
9. YABA Top Stars

YABA bowlers continue to rack up some incredible honor scores.  For the latest scores from tomorrow's heroes, visit:
10. Represent your Country!

Nothing in sports compares to wearing the red, white and blue and representing your country in international competition. Your chance to experience the feeling first hand is as easy as one, two, three!

Take that first step today by bowling in a USA Bowling Championship Local Qualifying Event or State Championship. Bowling centers may conduct qualifiers at any time, during regular league sessions or special events. Associations may build a Local Qualifier into an Association Tournament. Almost every state is holding a State Championships which you may buy in entry if you already missed all the local qualifiers.

To find out about your State's Local Qualifiers and State Championships contact your USA Bowling State's Tournament Coordinator at:
11. Site For Bowling's 2001 U.S. Open Announced

The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) announces that Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif. will be the host site for both Bowling's 2001 U.S. Open and the 2002 Open.  Bowling's 2001 U. S. Open will be held December 1 - 9, 2001.

This is the fourth year that bowling's premier event has featured both men and women professional and amateur bowlers competing at the same venue at the same time

Read the full story at:

Discuss the tournament and the host center at:
12. Scroggins Pro Shop Takes Tulsa WTC

Scroggins Pro Shop of Amarillo, Texas, won the tenth qualifying event on the 2000-01 American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team
Challenge series June 10 at Riverlanes in Tulsa, Okla.

Mike Scroggins, D.J. Archer, Steven Hawk, Gary Robinson and Jason Williams combined to beat AMF Embroidery Connection of Macomb,
Ill., 445-343, in the two-game Baker System championship match. The victory earned all five their first trips to the BWTC Grand Championship
Nov. 5-7 in Las Vegas.

"The shot was very demanding," said Scroggins, who owns the ABC record for most 800 series in a season with 15 in 1999-2000 and who
rolled the second-highest league average with 256 that same season. "You had to make really good shots. What won it for us was our spare
shooting. We probably made at least 90 percent of our spares."

Such accuracy was never more evident than in the first game of the title match. Scroggins Pro Shop had no open frames in a 188 game
while AMF Embroidery Connection (Adam Cardwell, Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Rick Miller, Dan White and Derek Eoff) had three opens for 168. Scroggins Pro Shop then started the second game with seven strikes to end all doubt.

"It seems we saved all our strikes for the second game," Scroggins said.

In addition to airfare and lodging to the BWTC Grand Championship, members of Scroggins Pro Shop split $2,350 in cash. They earned $400 for placing seventh in qualifying and added $1,100 plus a $850 bonus for their victory.

There was no Second Chance event. For more results on the Tulsa event, visit:

The next BWTC is Aug. 18-19 in Escondido, Calif. For entry information, contact Tom Boedecker at 414/423-3415 or visit
13. Clean Series Helps New Bowl Rite Lanes Capture New Jersey Event

No strangers to American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge success, members of New Bowl Rite Lanes of Union City, N.J., won the BWTC qualifying event June 24 at Brunswick Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, N.J.

John Gualtieri, Frank Dickinson, James Mack, Sean Riccardi and Brian Ziesig combined for a 431-392 two-game Baker System match play victory over Strike Zone Pro Shop II (John Asbaty, Dan Dunleavy, John Furey, Ian Lang and Vinny D'Ambrosio) of Staten Island, N.Y. It marked the third year in a row Gualtieri, Mack and Dickinson earned spots in the BWTC Grand Championship and the fourth straight year at least one team member advanced to the finale.

"We are very excited to win for the third straight year," Mack said. "Now we need to get over the hump at the Grand Championship."

Last year, all but Ziesig were part of the New Bowl Rite quintet that finished eighth in the Grand Championship. The year before, Gualtieri, Mack and Dickinson were sixth. In 1998, Riccardi was on a team that placed 13th.

"To us, the ABC/Brunswick Team Challenge is one of the best things going in competitive scratch bowling with the legitimate tournament lane conditions and the exciting team format," Mack added. "Hopefully more, so-called 'scratch' bowlers will have the guts to compete in the future."
New Bowl Rite Lanes used two clean games to earn the title. It opened with a 204-189 lead after the first game, then ran off three consecutive strikes twice in the 227-203 final game.

"We rode the back of the steady, rock-solid John Gualtieri," Mack said. "As usual, he was up to the challenge (with three strikes in four frames)."

In addition to airfare and lodging at the Grand Championships Nov. 5-7 in Las Vegas, members of New Bowl Rite Lanes split $3,650 in prize money. They earned $1,150 for finishing second in qualifying and collected $1,500 plus a $1,000 bonus for placing first overall.

For more results from New Brunswick, visit:

There was no Second Chance event. The BWTC takes a break until Aug. 18-19 in Escondido, Calif. For entry information, contact Tom Boedecker at (800) 514-2695, extension 3415 or visit the ABC section of:
14. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) 0.10 on 06/27/01 at 11:31 EDT.
Brunswick (BC) 23.60 on 06/27/01 at 13:02 EDT.

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

Summer hits its stride with the 4th of July.  We'll be celebrating. Send story ideas, press releases, and suggestions for future bowling tips to: [email protected]

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