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Kegler's Connection

   July 19, 2001

 Kegler's Connection News:
       1. Welcome Notes
       2. Tip of the Week
       3. PBA Announces 2001-02 Tour Schedule
       4. PWBA Lady Ebonite Kentucky Classic
       5. Telecast Schedule
       6. Reno Tri Properties Continue ABC Tournament Sponsorship
 YABA News
       7. Coca Cola Tournament Results
       8. Remaklus, Pluhowsky Share Gold, Earn Berths on Jr. Team USA
       9. International Friendship Tournament Results
       10. Youth Bowlers and Families Flood Reno with Golden Dollars
 Miscellaneous News:
       11. Stock Watch
       12. And Finally

1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to the latest edition of Kegler's Connection.  In this issue, you'll find stories on the PBA's announced tournament schedule, the members of Junior Team USA, and George talks about the risks involved with extreme weather conditions on bowling equipment.
2. Tip of the Week

This week, George discusses extreme weather conditions on bowling equipment.

For a good number of league bowlers, there simply isn't enough time in the day to go from work back home and then to the bowling center for league.  During the summer league session, especially if you live in a place like Florida or Texas, where temps can reach into the high 90's and beyond, you should start to think about your equipment and the effect heat and weather can have on it.

If at all possible, I would suggest renting a locker at the bowling center you bowl in and leaving your equipment there.  For one, it saves you the activity of lugging it in from outside.  Also, some bowling balls have a tendency to "sweat," the oil that is inside the ball from prior use comes out onto the surface, and can be very annoying.  For those that use tape in their bowling balls, the heat can break down the cohesiveness of the tape, leaving that gunky stuff behind when you remove and replace tape.  Many refuse to leave their equipment in hot cars period, for fear of what the heat could do to the bowling ball.  I would recommend against leaving your equipment in your car if only for the simple reason to protect it from possible theft.

If your circumstances require you to transport your equipment and leaving it in places of extreme temperatures, I would suggest arranging it so you can be at league at least 20 minutes ahead of schedule.  This will give you an opportunity to clean the surface of your ball thoroughly, and to clean out the messiness your tape can leave behind.  Your ball will also have a chance to begin to return to normal temperatures.

Helping protect your equipment from the elements will help prolong your equipment's life, and give you less headaches. Have fun this summer, and good bowling.

Till next week :)
George Freeman

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3. PBA Tour Schedule Announced

The PBA has announced the stops for the entire 2001-02 PBA Tour.  The season begins in Wichita, Kansas on September 13, bowls through the U.S. Open in early December, before taking a short hiatus.  The tour resumes January 1 in Seattle and bowls through mid-March.

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4.  PWBA Lady Ebonite Kentucky Classic

For the second consecutive week, Australia's Cara Honeychurch and Texas' Carolyn Dorin-Ballard are 1-2 going into the TV finals, this time for the championship of the $75,000 Lady Ebonite Kentucky Classic at Collins Bowling Center Eastland.  Kendra Gaines, Tish Johnson, and Leanne Barrette round out the TV top five.

ESPN2 will broadcast the championship round Monday, July 23 at 9 pm ET and it reairs Wednesday, July 27 at 3 am ET.  Travelodge Hotels Inc. will award a $50,000 bonus to any bowler who rolls a perfect game on the TV finals.

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5. Telecast Schedule

PWBA Lady Ebonite Kentucky Classic, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, July 23, 9 pm ET and Friday, July 27, at 1:00 pm ET
Mini Eliminator, ESPN, Sunday, July 29, 12:30 pm ET.
PWBA Clabber Girl Greater Terre Haute Open, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, July 30, 9 pm ET
The PWBA then goes on hiatus until September.  The PBA National Tour will resume live telecasts on September 18, 2001.

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6.  Reno Tri Properties Continue ABC Tournament Sponsorship

The Reno Tri Properties have extended sponsorship of the ABC Championships Tournament for 2002, 2003, and 2004.  Eldorado Hotel and Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, and Circus Circus Hotel and Casino contribute $275,000 toward the sponsorship agreement.  

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7. Coca Cola Tournament Results

Six new champions were crowned at the 2001 Coca-Cola® Youth Bowling Championships held in Reno, Nev., at The National Bowling Stadium.  Joe Roseman, Davenport, Iowa; Kaleena Henning, North Platte, Neb.; Billy Secco, Keizer, Ore.; Elisabeth Downes, Fairbanks, Alaska; Joel Touchard, Marrero, La.; and Annmarie Foote, Gillette, Wyo., earned the title of 2001 Coca-Cola® National Champion in their respective divisions.

In Boys' Division I (scratch), Roseman defeated Vincent Muller, Blue Springs, Mo., 201-177.  In Girls' Division I (scratch), Henning defeated Heather Hoffman, West Lawn, Pa., 226-204.

In Boys' Division II (handicap), Secco defeated Ryan Adams, Morgantown, W.Va., 211-198 with handicap added in.  In Girls' Division II (handicap), Downes defeated Melissa Barkemeyer, Macon, Ga., 219-196 with handicap added in.

In Boys' Division III (handicap), Touchard defeated Jonathan Sherlin, Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., 260-230 with handicap added in.  In Girls' Division III (handicap), Foote defeated Kara Jensen, Penn Yan, N.Y., 210-193 with handicap added in.

The final day of competition featured the top 32 bowlers from each scratch division (Division I) and the top 16 from each handicap division (Division II and III) competing in single-game, double-elimination match play format.

The top four finishers in Division I received $3,000, $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 in scholarship money respectively. Winners from Divisions II and III received $2,000, $1,500, $1,000 and $500 respectively.  The event awarded $35,000 in scholarships, while an additional $300,000 was given away during local qualifying.

The tournament featured 272 participants representing all 50 United States, U.S. military zones around the world, Puerto Rico, each Canadian province and the FIQ nation of Mongolia. The Coca-Cola® Youth Bowling Championships is conducted by YABA and is sponsored by Coca-Cola® USA.

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8. Remaklus, Pluhowsky Share Gold, Earn Berths on Jr. Team USA

Michael Remaklus, Florissant, Mo., and Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, earned Junior Gold national champion titles July 14 at the fourth annual USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

Remaklus won with an overall 9,452 pinfall to top second-place Matt Gilman, Davie, Fla., who had 9,373. Defending champion Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, finished in sixth place with 9,271, earning a berth on Junior TEAM USA for the third consecutive year.  The top six in each division earned berths on the 2002 Junior TEAM USA.

Defending champion Pluhowsky totaled 9,266 to win the girls' division by 137 pins over Heather Hoffman, West Lawn, Pa.  Pluhowsky became a three-time member of Junior TEAM USA. She also holds the titles of Collegiate Player of the Year, Rookie of Year and was a member of the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships winning team at the University of Nebraska.

Joining Pluhowsky, Remaklus, Hoffman, Gilman and Bohr on the 2002 Junior TEAM USA were: Jennifer Petrick, Massillon, Ohio; Leigh McPherson, Tempe, Ariz.; Holly Hoopii, Honolulu; Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind.; Chris Klerk, Henderson, Nev.; Rhino Page, San Diego; and Sean Rash, Anchorage, Alaska.

For the entire story, including pictures, visit:

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9. International Friendship Tournament Results

Members of the 2001 Junior TEAM USA won 35 of the 43 medals at the first annual Youth International Friendship Tournament. The event was held at Aloma East Bowling Center in Orlando, Fla. The Young American Bowling Alliance (YABA) coordinated this competition between Junior TEAM USA, a team from Brazil comprised of both males and females and a male's squad from the Dominican Republic.

Members of the 2001 Junior TEAM USA competing in the event were Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas; Mike Bronsart, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; Christopher Jones, Marion, Ind., Chris Loschetter, West Melbourne, Fla.; Rhino Page, San Diego; Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind.; Amber Lester, North Pole, Alaska; Jennifer Petrick, North Canton, Ohio; Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix; and Maggie Smith, Lenexa, Kan.

Also competing in the event were Kristal Scott, Painesville, Ohio and James Levandosky, Jenison, Mich., members of the 2000 Junior TEAM USA. Scott and Levandosky were selected to replace current Junior TEAM USA members Melissa Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., and Andrew Cain, Glendale, Ariz. who were unable to attend the event due to prior commitments.

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10. Youth Bowlers and Families Flood Reno with Golden Dollars

Nearly 900 Junior Gold bowlers and their families are leaving a mark on the Reno community by using the Golden Dollar when they make purchases during their week-long stay.  The Golden Dollars are being used to show the impact of the Junior Gold tournament on the local community.  Prior to the tournament's arrival, several of the properties in Reno were reluctant to host the youth and their families.

The Young American Bowling Alliance (YABA) members are competing in the USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships July 8-14 at the National Bowling Stadium and Reno Hilton Lanes.  At Monday night's opening ceremony, Jim Zebehazy, Executive Director of the YABA, encouraged the bowlers, families, coaches and fans to help make an impression on the Reno community throughout the tournament.  After the first day of competition, nearly $3,000 has been exchanged for Golden Dollars.

"We want to show that our tournament has an impact on the local businesses," said Zebehazy.  "The bowlers and their families are using the Golden Dollar throughout Reno.  People will know that Junior Gold was here."

The bowlers are competing for $50,000 in scholarships, individual national titles and berths on the 2002 Junior TEAM USA.  This tournament is the highest level of competition for members of the YABA's Junior Gold Program and is conducted on behalf of USA Bowling.

YABA provides more than $3 million in scholarship money to its members each year.  YABA is the service-oriented sports membership organization for youth bowlers ranging from pre-school age through the college ranks. YABA is committed to providing fun, excitement and opportunities for the personal development of youth. YABA currently serves more than 400,000 members worldwide.  USA Bowling is the sport's national governing body as recognized by the USOC.
11. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) 0.061 on 07/18/01 at 15:30 EDT.
Brunswick (BC) 23.46 on 07/18/01 at 15:51 EDT.

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12. And Finally

Next week, we'll have results from the Coca Cola Scholarship Tournament and more.  Start getting in gear for fall with future issues of Kegler's Connection.  Send story ideas, press releases, and suggestions for future bowling tips to: [email protected]

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