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Kegler's Connection

   August 28, 2001

 Kegler's Connection News:
       1. Welcome Notes
       2. Tip of the Week
       3. Sixteen PBA Players Off to Japan Cup
       4. PWBA Obtains Licensing Rights to the US Women's Open
       5. Mixed Championships No More
       6. Sub Central, Other WIBC Tournament Changes
       7. Tournament Manager Sought for WIBC Championship Tournament
 College Bowling News
       8. Former TEAM USA Member Graham Named New CBUSA Director
 USA Bowling/Team USA News:
       9. TEAM USA Participates in World Games in Japan
  Miscellaneous News:
       10. Stock Watch
       11. And Finally
1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to the latest edition of Kegler's Connection.  In this issue, you'll read about the PBA heading to Japan, learn about the end of the Mixed Championships, and George talks about the little things.
2. Tip of the Week

This week George, talks about the little things.

During league or tournament play, we all tend to get a little lazy from time to time.  Here are some things to think about the next time you get on the lanes.

Pick up the ball with two hands.  This is something we're taught as junior bowlers, but many of us (including me from time to time) forget.  It may not sound like much, but the simple task of reaching down with two hands and picking up the ball saves extra strain on your back.  Not to mention the reduced risk of losing the ball with one hand while picking it up off the rack.

Check those inserts.  For those of you with rubber inserts, remember that these things wear down over time.  If not replaced, it will change the way you release the ball.  If you only bowl once a week, check them every couple months.  If you're in two, three, or four leagues, and practice regularly, check them once a week.  Make sure that you can't go any further than the first crease in your fingers (for full fingertip balls).

Always have tape, and cleaner.  No one's hands stay the same size all the time.  Tape is a must for any semi-serious bowler.  Tape that is left in the ball for a long period of time and then removed tends to leave behind a sticky residue, so it is a good idea to have rubbing alcohol and a towel on hand to clean out your thumbhole if you get this residue.

Have fun.  We all want to win, but remember that after the league games are over, they're over.  If you don't do well on a given night, just leave it at that, don't dwell on it.  There is always next week.

With fall seasons getting ready to kick into gear, these little things might make the coming season better for you.

Till next week,
George Freeman

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3. Sixteen PBA Players Off to Japan Cup

Sixteen top-rated PBA players will be heading to Japan to compete in the Japan Cup.  While competition begins September 5, many players will also compete in Pro Ams and exhibitions for their Japanese fans.

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4. PWBA Obtains Licensing Rights to the US Women's Open

Rockford, Ill.--The Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) announced today that the BPAA has agreed to license the rights for the Women's U.S. Open to the PWBA for the year 2001, with future years to be negotiated at a later date.

Jan Schmidt, Director of Marketing, PWBA, noted that as a part of PWBA's negotiation with BPAA, BPAA will make a substantial contribution to the tournament prize fund for 2001.

Schmidt also announced that PWBA and ESPN have reached an agreement to air the finals of the December 1-9, 2001 Women's U.S. Open live on ESPN TV Sunday, December 9, from 2:30 - 4 pm ET.  The broadcast will immediately follow the TV finals of the Men's U.S. Open, also airing on ESPN.

"It's great to have a broadcast partner like ESPN that recognizes the importance of women's sports and is willing to give the Women's U.S. Open the same high quality air-time that they have provided for the Men's U.S. Open," Schmidt commented.

Details as to location of the Women's U.S. Open and the total prize fund will be announced in the near future.  Schmidt added that several bowling proprietors have contacted PWBA about hosting the event and major U.S. corporations have expressed interest in assuming a sponsorship role, but that negotiations are in the preliminary stages on all fronts.

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5. Mixed Championships No More

Greendale, Wis.- After an 11-year run the American Bowling Congress and the Women's International Bowling Congress National Mixed Championships will cease future operations.

A decrease in participation and interest over the past three years led to the eventual cancellation of the ABC/WIBC National Mixed Championships.

"We have tried new ways to revamp the ABC/WIBC National Mixed Championships but participation in the event has been declining for the past few years," WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn said. "We hope to refocus our efforts into improved WIBC programs and customer service."

The ABC/WIBC National Mixed Championships began 1991 in St. Louis as a way to incorporate more than 49,000 sanctioned ABC and WIBC mixed leagues and bring those bowlers to an event they could bowl together. The National Mixed Championships was designed as a handicap tournament designed to attract bowlers of all skill levels.

In 1999, the ABC/WIBC National Mixed Championships was renamed the Festival of Bowling in hopes of revitalizing the event. In 2001 the tournament returned to the familiar National Mixed Championships event and moved to Las Vegas after spending three years at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

The ABC/WIBC National Mixed Championships peaked in 1996, attracting 1933 teams to the National Bowling Stadium.

In 1999 entries began to decrease and by 2001 the number of entries could not support the continuation of the tournament. After exhausting all possible ideas to go forth with the National Mixed Championships, ABC and WIBC came to the decision to discontinue the event.

"Unfortunately the event hasn't taken off," ABC Assistant Executive Director Jack Mordini said. "We felt the resources used to run the event could be allocated elsewhere to better serve our members."

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6. Sub Central, Other WIBC Tournament Changes

The Women's International Bowling Congress announced that starting with the 2002 WIBC Championship Tournament, team captains will have a new and efficient way of locating and securing substitute players through the use of WIBC's new substitute information centers located at the tournament team center.

Sub Central will be set up at the tournament team center for bowlers to post their availability to serve as substitutes. Participants will continuously post "sub cards" containing their contact information, on large information boards located in Sub Central. Team captains will have access to special Sub Central phones making it easier for them to contact these individuals and fill vacant spots on their team immediately.

WIBC also has plans to create an online version of Sub Central as an added feature on The virtual version of Sub Central will be similar to the on-site tournament version, but will allow team captains to secure substitutes far in advance.

In addition to Sub Central, tournament participants may now substitute on one additional team when substitutes are needed on-site. Bowlers may not be entered on two entry forms, and this new option will be an on-site addition only.

For more information, visit:
7. Tournament Manager Sought for WIBC Championship Tournament

Because of the summer 2002 retirement of Ruth Williams, manager of the Women's International Bowling Congress Championship Tournament, Queens, Senior Queens and Senior Tournament, Bowling Headquarters is looking for someone to take on this incredible opportunity and be responsible for WIBC's major events.

The Tournament Manager is responsible for assisting with bowling center selection, contract negotiations, city relations, local association relations, staffing and all other aspects associated with planning and running large events, as well as preparing budgets for them.

Potential candidates also should demonstrate the following qualifications:
· Prior experience running successful bowling tournaments
· Strong customer service skills
· Marketing background
· Strong negotiation, project management and problem solving skills
· The ability to be away from home 40 to 70 percent of the time
· Computer knowledge is required and knowledge of command network is preferred.

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8. Former TEAM USA Member Graham Named New CBUSA Director

Brian Graham, a 1997 TEAM USA member, has been named as the new Director of Collegiate Bowling for College Bowling USA (CBUSA). Graham replaces Diane Olson who resigned in June to pursue other career opportunities after holding the position for more than two years.

"The American Bowling Congress is extremely pleased that Brian has accepted the position in the collegiate program," said ABC Executive Director Roger Dalkin. "Brian brings diverse experience from almost every level of bowling, including as a participant in the collegiate program.  I am confident he will continue the progress begun by Diane Olson."

Graham will be responsible for administering all aspects of college bowling at the varsity, club and junior college levels, including seeking an increase in varsity bowling opportunities in conjunction with the NCAA, NJCAA and NAIA.  He will also work closely with the new Varsity Bowling Manager that has the responsibility for overseeing the transition/addition of several women's bowling squads to NCAA status in an attempt to move women's bowling to full varsity sport status at the NCAA level.  In addition, Graham will also oversee the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships, CBUSA's annual national championships for both men and women.

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9. TEAM USA Participates in World Games in Japan

TEAM USA members Tony Manna Jr., Omaha, Neb., and Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, fell short of winning medals in the 2001 World Games which concluded Aug. 23 at Utenayu Bowl in Yokote City, Japan. Manna finished fifth in the men's singles division while Pluhowsky ended eighth for the women. They combined for 11th place in mixed doubles.

Germany's Tobias Gäbler captured the men's singles while Guatemala's Sofia Granda won women's singles. England's Kirsten Penny and Steve Thornton earned the mixed doubles gold medal.

The World Games is an international multi-sports event for sports not included in the Olympic Games, but backed by the International Olympic Committee.  Approximately 3,500 athletes and officials from more than 90 countries and regions participated in 26 sports.

For more on World Games in Japan, visit:
10. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) 0.0551 on 08/28/01 at 9:31 EDT.
Brunswick (BC) 21.43 on 08/28/01 at 16:01 EDT.

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11. And Finally

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